Chess

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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.
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Booking from 26 April 2018 until 2 June 2018

The Sleeping Beauty - English National Ballet

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Kenneth MacMillan's classic fairy-tale The Sleeping Beauty is revived in the English National Ballet's spectacular dance production at the London Coliseum. Become spellbound by the story that sees the malevolent Fairy Carabosse curse the beautiful Princess Aurora to sleep for 100 years. Only a handsome Prince’s kiss can break the curse and awaken the sleeping beauty. Combining enchanting dance with visually stunning set pieces by Peter Farmer, the stunning show is accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
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Booking from 6 June 2018 until 16 June 2018

Kiss Me, Kate

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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.
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Booking from 20 June 2018 until 30 June 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 52 minutes

The Glenn Miller Show

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Entertainment legend Tommy Steele makes a welcome return to the West End, starring in a strictly limited 7-week season of The Glenn Miller Show at the London Coliseum. Produced by Bill Kenwright, the musical celebration is the ultimate tribute to the big band leader, who crooned hits including “Moonlight Serenade”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “In the Mood”.

Nutcracker - English National Ballet

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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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Booking from 3 January 2019 until 13 January 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 Kiss Me, Kate follows in 2018, alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical Chess, which plays a strictly limited spring season in 2018. Other ENO productions include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and the English National Ballet's Sleeping Beauty.

Past Shows

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

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