The London Coliseum (also known as the Coliseum Theatre) is a Wrenaissance theatre in St Martin's Lane, Westminster, built as one of London's largest and most luxurious "family" variety theatres. Opened on 24 December 1904 as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties, it was designed by the theatrical architect Frank Matcham for the impresario Oswald Stoll. Their ambition was to build the largest and finest music hall, described as the "people's palace of entertainment" of its age.For London Coliseum and beyond, use our London trip itinerary planner to get the most from your London vacation.
At the time of construction, the Coliseum was the only theatre in Europe to provide lifts for taking patrons to the upper levels of the house, and was the first theatre in England to have a triple revolve installed on its stage. The theatre has 2,359 seats making it the largest theatre in London.
After being used for variety shows, musical comedies, and stage plays for many years, then as a cinema screening films in the Cinerama format between 1961 and 1968, the Sadler's Wells Opera Company moved into the building in 1968. The Sadler's Wells company changed its name to the English National Opera in 1974 and today it is used primarily for opera as well as being the London home of the English National Ballet.
London Coliseum Reviews
I have sat in the Dress Circle for both a dance performance and the more recent 'The Marriage of Figaro.' Both performances were superb and the beautiful surroundings of The Coliseum transport you... more »
Couldn't concentrate on the opera as the seats was so incredibly uncomfortable. I had to leave at half time as I couldn't take anymore. I'm gutted as I've got more tickets for next month and I'm not..... more »
The beautiful home of the English National Opera doesn't need much of a review. A stunning venue which has been well maintained and sensitively refurbished. Tickets can be expensive but there is a genuine move to make many tickets available at reasonable prices, especially for young people.
A beautiful building located in one of my favorites areas in town. The Coliseum is a majestic, elegant and historic building. Always a pleasure to come here.
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