Porgy and Bess - ENO

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The GershwinsPorgy and Bess plays at the London Coliseum, exploring relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920's South Carolina. More than 80 years after its premiere, the musical receives its first ENO staging, featuring a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, as well as a full orchestra. Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved blues number "Summertime". An emotionally-charged and powerful production, the musical celebrates music through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals.
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Booking until 17 November 2018

Salome

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Based on Oscar Wilde's play, Strauss's opera Salome arrives at the London Coliseum. An intense psychological exploration of the well-known story, the production sees the central character the subject of brutality and power that has been passed through warped cycles of masculinity through the generations. Salome is among the works that set the course of music in the last century. Celebrated for the notorious ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’, this new production marks the UK operatic debut of acclaimed theatre director Adena Jacobs, with Allison Cook making her ENO debut as Salome.
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Booking until 23 October 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Lucia di Lammermoor - ENO

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With themes of rival families, thwarted love, unhealthy obsessions, and a doomed political marriage, Lucia di Lammermoor is Donizetti's most compelling romantic drama, playing a limited season at the London Coliseum. Based on Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, the story follows the title character as she is manipulated by the men in her life until, no longer willing to submit to their control, she descends into insanity. An example of the bel canto school of 19th-century Italian opera, Donizetti’s score is full of beautiful melodies.
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Booking from 25 October 2018 until 5 December 2018
Running Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes

War Requiem - ENO

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One of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem plays at the West End's London Coliseum for a strictly limited season. Juxtaposing the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass, War Requiem is a passionate and emotive outcry against man’s inhumanity to man, in the midst of war and battle.
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Booking from 16 November 2018 until 7 December 2018

La boheme

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Jonathan Miller’s classic production of La Boheme returns to the London Coliseum to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the director’s ENO debut. When Mimi knocks at the door Rodolfo's door, the pair's lives are irreversibly changed. Conducted by Alexander Joel, Puccini's moving score follows Mimi and Rodolfo’s unfolding love, from it’s joyful beginnings to tragic heartbreak. Natalya Romaniw and Jonathan Tetelman make their ENO debuts as Mimi and Rodolfo, respectively.
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Booking from 26 November 2018 until 22 February 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Nutcracker - English National Ballet

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Over 100 talented dancers and musicians bring Tchaikovsky's exquisite score to life in The Nutcracker. Set on Christmas Eve, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she meets a handsome and mysterious stranger. Taking a wonderful hot air balloon to the glittering Land of Snow, Clara's adventures truly begin. An unforgettable Christmas treat, don't miss out on booking tickets for this unmissable event!
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Booking from 13 December 2018 until 30 December 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Swan Lake - English National Ballet

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The English National Ballet return to the London Coliseum to bring to life the the timeless classical ballet Swan Lake. Following the captivating romance of Prince Siegfried and Swan Queen Odette, the thrilling, dramatic and evocative ballet showcases the finest talent from across the globe. With the drama of their battle against evil sorcerer Rothbart, witness magnificent ballerinas moving in unison. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s soaring score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic, Derek Deane’s Swan Lake is a treat for dance-lovers and first-time theatregoers.
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Booking from 3 January 2019 until 13 January 2019

Notre Dame de Paris

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Celebrated French musical Notre Dame de Paris returns to London, to play a limited seven performance at the West End’s London Coliseum. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, the production charts the well-known tragic tale of romance between the hunchbacked bell-ringer Quasimodo, and mysterious gypsy beauty Esmerelda.
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Booking from 23 January 2019 until 27 January 2019

Akhnaten

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Akhnaten is a mesmerising work with the text drawing on ancient hymns, prayers and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian languages. Playing at the London Coliseum, the opera’s atmospheric mood transports audiences to an ancient world through music that combines Philip Glass’s minimalist voice with stylised movement and choreography that visualises the rhythms of his score.
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Booking from 11 February 2019 until 7 March 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

The Merry Widow

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Franz Lehár's comic masterpiece The Merry Widow plays at the London Coliseum as part of the English National Opera's new season. Featuring a string of memorable melodies, including the familiar "Vilja Song" and "Merry Widow Waltz", the operetta follows the relationship between the dazzling and wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, a man with an appetite for wine and women. As this delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love unfolds, their burgeoning romance is hampered by mishap, intrigue and comedic misadventure.
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Booking from 1 March 2019 until 13 April 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

The Magic Flute

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Following his success with The Encounter at the Barbican, Simon McBurney’s five-star production of The Magic Flute returns to the London Coliseum, with themes of truth, love and enlightenment. Featuring Mozart‘s timeless score, the opera follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno, as they go on a quest to rescue Pamina. To assist their mission, they are given musical instruments enhanced with magical powers, which they deploy to conquer the trials and tribulations placed in their path.
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Booking from 14 March 2019 until 11 April 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Jack the Ripper - ENO

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The London Coliseum hosts the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, following his critically-acclaimed In Parenthesis. A heartfelt, important new opera, it focuses on a group of working-class women, who are drawn together in their determination to survive the murderer that stalks the streets of Whitechapel in 1888. With a libretto by Emma Jenkins, Jack the Ripper explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of ‘respectable’ society.
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Booking from 30 March 2019 until 12 April 2019

On Your Feet!

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After a hugely successful Broadway reception, Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet! receives its UK premiere at the London Coliseum, featuring a back catalogue of the pair’s greatest hits. Playing a strictly limited summer season in the West End, the thrilling production is a jukebox musical charting the true story of the lives of the Latin singers, who quickly shot to global superstardom.
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Booking from 14 June 2019 until 31 August 2019

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History

One of the West End's largest theatres, the London Coliseum first opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1904, hosting a popular variety show that continued through the early years of the venue's life, including performing animals and circus acts. Interestingly, the Coliseum was the first theatre to house a revolving stage, causing the venue to be renowned for spectacle.

Quickly, the London Coliseum famously became home to W.S Gilbert productions, including The Hooligan (1911), which was staged at the theatre just four months before he passed away. One of the theatre's early successes was musical comedy White Horse Inn (1931), which ran for 651 performances.

Throughout the 1940's and 50's the Coliseum was best-known for hosting blockbuster musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun (1947), Kiss Me Kate (1951) and Guys and Dolls (1953).

Later in 1968, the theatre became resident home to Sadler's Wells Opera Company, which developed into the English National Opera in 1974. To this day, the ENO remain in residency at the Coliseum, with regular performances from the English National Ballet, including an annual performance of The Nutcracker.

Notable ENO productions in the recent years have included La Boheme (2012), as well as Giselle, Ou Les WilisDie Fledermaus, The Perfect American and Madam Butterfly all in 2013, with a highly-anticipated concert performance of New York's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2015), starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. This was followed by The Barber of Seville (2015).

2016 productions have included The Nutcracker, The Mikado, Don Giovanni, Tosca and The Pearl Fishers, with an award-winning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close and Michael Xavier. The English National Ballet's Nutcracker rounds off the year.

In 2017, the ENO continues with operas such as Rigoletto, The Winter's Tale and Partenope, and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, with a Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's highly anticipated new musical Bat Out of Hell arriving at the venue in the summer. Prior to this, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins starred in a semi-staged production of Hammerstein musical Carousel, directed by Lonny Price.

Further ENO productions included RodelindaAida, MarnieThe Barber of Seville, Satyagraha, Iolanthe and La traviata. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical Chess, played a strictly limited spring season in 2018, starring Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke. Other ENO productions included Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the English National Ballet's Sleeping Beauty.

2018 continued with Opera North's production of musical Kiss Me, Kate, followed by the return of entertainer Tommy Steele in The Glenn Miller Show. The ENO season continues with St Petersburg Ballet's Swan Lake, Salome, Porgy and Bess, Lucia di Lammermoor, War Requiem, La Boheme and Nutcracker.

The English National Opera kick off 2019 with productions of Swan Lake, Akhnaten, The Merry Widow, The Magic Flute and Jack the Ripper, whilst smash-hit musical Notre Dame de Paris arrives at the London Coliseum in January. 2019 also sees Broadway musical On Your Feet! transfer to the venue.

Past Shows

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St. Petersburg Ballet - Swan Lake
(closed 2 Sep 2018)
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The Glenn Miller Show
(closed 18 Aug 2018)
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Kiss Me, Kate
(closed 30 Jun 2018)

 
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The Sleeping Beauty - English National Ballet
(closed 16 Jun 2018)
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Chess
(closed 2 Jun 2018)
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La Traviata
(closed 13 Apr 2018)

 
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Iolanthe
(closed 7 Apr 2018)
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Satyagraha
(closed 27 Feb 2018)
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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet
(closed 6 Jan 2018)

 
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Marnie
(closed 3 Dec 2017)
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Aida
(closed 2 Dec 2017)
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Rodelinda
(closed 15 Nov 2017)