The London Coliseum

London Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera

London Coliseum and its crowning globe at night
London Coliseum and its crowning globe at night cc licensed photo by celesteh

London Coliseum which is also commonly called the Coliseum Theatre, was built in 1904 with the goal of be finest and largest entertainment venue of that day.

From 1931 through 1968 the theatre hosted 651 performances of White Horse Inn, a musical comedy. For a short period from 1963 until 1968 it became one of three Cinerama Theatres in London after which it became home to the Sadler's Wells Opera Company which has since become the English National Opera. They still operate the London Coliseum Theatre today. The London Coliseum underwent major renovations from 2000 to 2004, but still has most of its original features.

Today the Coliseum presents world-class contemporary and theatrical operas from both the English National Opera and visiting companies.

For more information about London Coliseum as well as current and upcoming operas visit their official website link below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: London Coliseum, St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES, UK

Phone: 020 7845 9300

Official Website: London Coliseum

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Huge west end theatre. Massive size, beautiful with fantastic acoustics. Good comfy seats. We watched the nutcracker ballet Xmas production. Good production with excellent staging but the ballet was not top notch as some nutcracker productions we had seen in London. Still, great experience.
Sam Aberman - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Went to see the 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, what a fantastic opera! Sat quite high up on the balcony, third floor, seat 51. This was the final seat in the row, so there is a great deal of leg room, however my friend next to me in seat f50 didn’t has so much. The view is fine, however is slightly blocked at some parts to the left. There was also somebody a few rows down from us who kept standing up which blocked our view even more at times. Sound in the venue is great and the actual venue as a whole is absolutely stunning. Would definitely recommend a visit here!
Safa - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Beautiful venue that hosts Ballet, Opera and usually a big musical for the summer period. The Coliseum has beautiful historical features and good sound and pleasant seats. Enjoyed The Nutcracker ballet on my last visit and sat in a box which was a great experience. The orchestra was sublime and the dancing spectacular. The staff are friendly and helpful moving the lines along as you enter. Toilet queue is crazy for the stalls area for women. Lots of steps to get to different levels but there is a lift avaliable.
RyKas 13 - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We went to see The Mongol Khan for opening night. Such a great show and would recommend to anyone if they ever perform in the UK again. Although the event was crowded staff moved queues along fairly quickly and were very helpful.
Guy Perez - 2 months ago

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2 Star Rating Had attended to visit the Mongal Khan performance on 29/11/2023 So, the problem with the set I found is the display for subtitles. For those sitting in the ‘Stalls’ the eye level of the performance and reading English subtitles when speaking Mongolian, was somewhat straining. It was more applicable to those sitting in the dress circle. I personally found the positioning of the display for subtitles not positioned well and not big enough. There was a hitch in one of the scenes, to which they had to re-do the performance. The intermission was also somewhat strange. The second half of the performance was longer than the first. So not balanced. The decor is more upkept compare to that of other theatres I’ve attended. The narrative about the Mongolian empire was somewhat overstretched. The plot is simply about, baby-swapping, betrayal, adultery, traditional rituals of Mongolian becoming a Khan ruler. Emotional segments and lots of moon scenic tones. Sadly, being an advocate of the Mongolian Empire history. I was expecting to be a little more epic and felt Genghis Khan would have depicted the story-telling with more shock and awe. A little flat for my liking.
Andrew G. T - 2 months ago

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Bakerloo LinesCharing Cross5 Minutes
Picadilly LineLeicester Square3 Minutes
District and Circle LinesEmbankment7 Minutes

How to get to London Coliseum by Tube

From Charing Cross Station exit onto Strand and cross the street. Walk to you left (west) and then a slight right onto Duncannon St. Go right (north) onto St. Martin's Place and then the next right onto St. Martin's Lane. The London Coliseum is just ahead on your right.

From Leicester Square Station exit onto Charing Cross Road and go left (south) to St. Martin's Court then go left (east) to St. Martin's Lane then right (south). The London Coliseum is ahead on your left.

From Embankment Station exit onto Villiers St. and follow it north to Charing Cross Station. See directions from Charing Cross above to continue from there.

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