First seen in 2007, Satyagraha is well-known composer Philip Glass's meditation on Gandhi's early years in South Africa. Combining concepts of non-violent protest with positive forces for change, the show is a visual treat, featuring spectacular theatrical effects as well as an entrancing soundscape. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Phelim McDermott, Satyagraha is completely unlike other ENO productions at the London Coliseum.
Booking from 1 February 2018 until 27 February 2018
Running Time: 3 hours 15 minutes


Gilbert & Sullivan's hilariously satirical Iolanthe comes to the London Coliseum for a limited run. Set in a topsy-turvy world, the opera follows Phyllis and Strephon, who wish to marry but must first have the Lord Chancellor's permission. Unfortunately, the Lord Chancellor wants Phyllis for himself. Directed by Cal McCrystal, the chaotically funny production stars mezzo-soprano Samantha Price as Phyllis, opposite ENO favourite Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor.

Booking from 13 February 2018 until 7 April 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

La Traviata

Verdi's popular opera La traviata returns to the London Coliseum. Following the tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo Germont, the opera is a tale of hypocrisy, betrayal and paying the ultimate price. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer's debut production, La traviata combines Verdi's masterful score with tender, intimate direction. Young soprano Claudia Boyle stars as Violetta, alongside rising tenor star Lukhanyo Moyake as Alfredo in his UK debut.

Booking from 16 March 2018 until 13 April 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes


Legendary musical Chess by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus returns to the West End after an absence of over 30 years. Chess is the landmark musical that sees American-Soviet political tensions masquerading as a chess tournament between two grandmasters. Featuring an iconic score including “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night in Bangkok”, this musical is not to be missed.
Booking from 26 April 2018 until 2 June 2018

Kiss Me, Kate

Opera North’s magical production of Cole Porter’s irresistible musical Kiss Me, Kate transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Coliseum. With a sumptuous score that includes show-stoppers “Brush Up on Your Shakespeare” and “Too Darn Hot”, Kiss Me, Kate is the hilarious story of the inner workings of a theatre attempting to put on one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.
Booking from 20 June 2018 until 30 June 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 52 minutes

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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 Kiss Me, Kate follows in 2018.

Past Shows

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet
(closed 6 Jan 2018)
(closed 3 Dec 2017)
(closed 2 Dec 2017)

(closed 15 Nov 2017)
The Barber of Seville
(closed 30 Oct 2017)
Bat Out of Hell The Musical
(closed 22 Aug 2017)

(closed 13 May 2017)
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The Pirates Of Penzance
(closed 25 Mar 2017)
(closed 24 Mar 2017)

The Winter's Tale - ENO
(closed 14 Mar 2017)
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(closed 28 Feb 2017)
(closed 7 Jan 2017)