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St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Year opened: 1904
Capacity: 2359

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Located in St. Martin's Lane, the London Coliseum is one of the biggest family variety theatres in London. It was opened in 1904 and was designed by architect Frank Matcham with the intention of the venue being one of the finest music halls for entertainment. Until 1968, the venue was used for a range of events including film screenings, musical comedies, plays and variety shows. Sadler's Wells Opera Company (now the English National Opera) took over the venue in 1968, and along with the English National Ballet, the venue is used primarily for opera.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The Magic Flute

    Booking until Mar 19

  • Norma

    Opens Feb 17

  • Akhnaten

    Opens Mar 04

  • Tristan and Isolde

    Opens Jun 09

  • Jenufa

    Opens Jun 23

The Magic Flute

Until March 19, 2016

Pursued by a serpent in a strange land between the sun and the moon, Prince Tamino soon finds himself at the centre of a wild adventure when he is saved by the mysterious handmaidens of the commanding Queen of the Night, who wishes him to do her dangerous bidding in Simon McBurney's experimental and captivating production of Mozart's most ambitiously entrancing opera.


February 17-March 11, 2016

Bellini's fiery masterpiece is staged by the ENO for the first time ever in Christopher Alden's production, originally for Opera North. Far from ancient Gaul, Aldren conjures up a new setting for the embittered high priestess. Now the leader of an isolated pagan community in 1850, Norma must contend with the threat of invasion from modernity and bureaucracy and protect her village, whilst secretly being in love with the besuited cad Pollione, the very embodiment of the enemy.


March 4-18, 2016

Not seen in London for 30 years, Phillip Glass' opera tracing the life of pharoah Akhnaten is given a new lease of life by director Phelim McDermott of the Improbable Theatre Company. This work is the third of the minimalist composer's portrait trilogy that also comprised operas about Einstein and Gandhi. The lead role is sung by Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Tristan and Isolde

June 9-July 9, 2016

A tale as old as time, (or at least one thousand years) Tristan and Yseult has long been considered the ultimate tale of passionate, romantic love in forbidden circumstances. With its universal theme of all-consuming love and bitter-sweet tragedy - it fits perfectly into Wagner's repertoire of epics.


June 23-July 8, 2016

The ENO present an updated version of Leos Janacek's 1904 seminal opera, moving the action forward to the 20th century Soviet Eastern Bloc. Familial honour is at stake, as a well-meaning woman takes terrible action to ensure her step-daughter's future.The composer wrote the opera as a tribute to his dead daughter. American soprano Laura Wilde takes on the role of Jenufa in this new debut.

February '16

Feb 16-Mar 19, 2016

Feb 17-Mar 11, 2016

March '16

Feb 17-Mar 11, 2016

Feb 16-Mar 19, 2016

Mar 4-18, 2016

April '16
May '16
June '16

Jun 23-Jul 8, 2016

July '16

Jun 23-Jul 8, 2016

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