Nutcracker Delights

The English National Ballet will return to the London Coliseum for a delightfully unique version of its iconic production, The Nutcracker.  Bringing together a host of the ballet's most iconic sequences and dances, Nutcracker Delights is a shortened version of the traditional ballet that will play to a socially-distanced audience over the Christmas season. Audiences will delight as Clara and her Nutcracker journey to the Land of Snow and witness famous routines, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the battle against the Mouse King and the Waltz of the Snowflakes.
Booking from 17 December 2020 until 3 January 2021
Run time is 75 minutes (without an interval)


The English National Ballet will premiere an updated version of the rarely performed Raymonda in January 2021 at the London Coliseum. The adaptation is inspired by the courageous efforts of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea. 


Michael Ball reprises his Olivier Award-winning performance as Edna in Hairspray the musical next year. With a catchy score of 60s inspired songs and a big-hearted tale about self-love and equality to enjoy, catch Ball and co. at the London Coliseum for a limited 12 week run from April 2021. First introduced in John Waters' classic film, Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad as she battles against societal stereotypes to fulfill her dream of dancing on her favourite TV show. This fan-favourite show is the ideal feel-good treat with a vitally important message, still relevant today.
Booking from 22 April 2021 until 28 August 2021
Run time is 2 hours 15 mins (including interval)

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7845 9300
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Group Booking:020 7845 9300
Stage Door:020 7845 9397
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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 musical Man of La Mancha at the venue, and Broadway musical On Your Feet! also transfers to the venue. The latter part of the year sees four operas based on the Orpheus myth play at the venue, alongside a production of favourite The Mikado. At Christmas,  English National Ballet's Nutcracker arrives, taking the theatre into the new year.

In January 2020, the English National Ballet's swashbuckling pirate ballet Le Corsaire returns to the Coliseum for nine performances only. This is followed by five operas, including Carmen, Madam Butterfly and The Marriage of Figaro.

In April 2020, Hairspray the Musical will play at the Coliseum, with Michael Ball reprising the role of Edna Turnblad.

Past Shows

The Marriage of Figaro
(closed 18 Apr 2020)
Madam Butterfly
(closed 17 Apr 2020)

(closed 15 Apr 2020)
Luisa Miller
(closed 6 Mar 2020)
(closed 27 Feb 2020)

Le Corsaire OT Small
Le Corsaire
(closed 14 Jan 2020)
(closed 5 Jan 2020)
The Mikado
(closed 30 Nov 2019)

(closed 29 Nov 2019)
Orpheus in the Underworld
(closed 28 Nov 2019)
Orpheus and Eurydice
(closed 19 Nov 2019)