The Barber of Seville

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The Barber of Seville will have you smiling from the moment it begins. Filled with fun and farce, this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise the beautiful yet feisty Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.
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Booking from 28 September 2015 until 11 November 2015
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

The Mikado

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Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance The Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible.

Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive staging returns to the London Coliseum for what has become for many the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.
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Booking from 21 November 2015 until 6 February 2016

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

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The Nutcracker is the ultimate Christmas performance! Tchaikovsky's most famous ballet tells the story of a young girls Christmas gift coming to life and their adventures to the ‘land of sweets.’ The show boasts expert dancing from the English National Ballet and adults and children alike will be enchanted by their moves and magic of Christmas that comes to life on stage!
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Booking from 16 December 2015 until 9 January 2016
Running Time: 2 hours

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History

 

The London Coliseum is one of the biggest venues in terms of capacity in the entire West End. The theatre opened its doors for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1904 with a variety show and variety as an art form coloured the early years of the venue.

The Coliseum was the first theatre to house a revolving stage, making the venue renowned for spectacle, with performing animals and circus acts regularly featuring on the bill.

The Coliseum was famously the home to the last of playwright W.S Gilbert’s productions, The Hooligan (1911), which was staged at the theatre just four months before he passed away.

One of the theatre’s biggest early successes was the musical comedy White Horse Inn which ran for 651 performances from April 1931.

Throughout the 40’s and 50’s the Coliseum was known as a venue for American musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun (1947), Kiss Me Kate (1951) and Guys and Dolls (1953).

The Coliseum became home to Sadler’s Wells Opera Company in 1968, which became the English National Opera in 1974. The ENO still commands use of the Coliseum, with the English National Ballet also taking up residence at the theatre each Christmas with their version of The Nutcracker.

Notable recent ENO productions at the Coliseum have included La Boheme (2012), Die Fledermaus (2013), Madam Butterfly (2013).

2015 sees the arrival of the hotly anticipated New York transfer of Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. This semi-staged concert was a raging success at New York's Lincoln centre.

Past Shows

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Sweeney Todd
(closed 12 Apr 2015)
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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet
(closed 5 Jan 2014)
Madame Butterfly
Madam Butterfly
(closed 1 Dec 2013)

 
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The Perfect American
(closed 28 Jun 2013)
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Giselle, Ou Les Wilis
(closed 29 Mar 2013)