Nutcracker

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The English National Ballet's acclaimed production of the classic Christmas tale makes its way to the London Coliseum for the fourth year running. Set against Tchaikovsky's iconic score, the story sees Clara and her Nutcracker team up to fight the mouse king, visit the Land of Sweets, and take a ride over the Land of Snow.

Tickets will sell out fast so book early! Nutcracker runs from 11th December 2019 - 5th January 2020.
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Booking until 5 January 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (with an interval)

Le Corsaire

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The English National Ballet's Le Corsaire returns to the Coliseum following acclaimed performances in 2016. Meet dashing pirate Conrad and his feisty girlfriend Medora as the pair have many adventures, outfox villainous schemers, and search for happiness of the high seas. This swashbuckling romp will see thrilling dancing, beautiful scenery, and costumes created by Hollywood’s Bob Ringwood (Batman). The romantic score will be played by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, and the production will be staged by Anna-Marie Holmes. 

Don't miss out on this swashbuckling storybook adventure!

 
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Booking from 8 January 2020 until 14 January 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (with two intervals)

Carmen

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One of the most popular operas ever written, Carmen returns to the London Coliseum from January 29th 2020. Justina Gringytė returns as the title role in Calixto Bietio’s production of Bizet’s passionate masterpiece. This time, the famous opera will be set in the 1970s.
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Booking from 29 January 2020 until 27 February 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Luisa Miller

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Verdi's fifteenth opera Luisa Miller plays for a strictly limited fifteen performances at the London Coliseum from the 12th of February. Luisa Miller centres around a doomed love between Luisa and Rodolfo, and explores love, intrigue, and oppressive familial relationships.

 
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Booking from 12 February 2020 until 6 March 2020

Madam Butterfly

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The Olivier Award-winning production of Puccini’s classic opera makes a welcome return to the London Coliseum from 26th February 2020. Anthony Minghella’s celebrated production combines traditional Japanese theatre with cinematic images, and the cast includes the Olivier-nominated Roderick Williams.
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Booking from 26 February 2020 until 17 April 2020
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

The Marriage of Figaro

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Full of mistaken identities and twists and turns, Mozart’s comedy The Marriage of Figaro plays at the London Coliseum from 14th March 2020. The production takes place on the wedding day of Figaro and Susanna, and is directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins in his English National Opera directorial debut.
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Booking from 14 March 2020 until 18 April 2020
Running Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Rusalka

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Inspired by myths and folk tales, Dvořák’s best-loved opera Rusalka is a tale about a water-nymph who chooses to becomes human to meet her Prince. Featuring beautiful orchestration and a stunning aria, don’t miss Rusalka at the London Coliseum from March 28th 2020.
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Booking from 28 March 2020 until 15 April 2020
Running Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Hairspray

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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 23rd April 2020.
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Booking from 23 April 2020 until 29 August 2020

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:020 7845 9300
Access Booking:020 7845 9300
Group Booking:020 7845 9300
Stage Door:020 7845 9397
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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 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

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The Mikado
(closed 30 Nov 2019)
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Orpheé
(closed 29 Nov 2019)
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Orpheus in the Underworld
(closed 28 Nov 2019)

 
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Orpheus and Eurydice
(closed 19 Nov 2019)
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The Mask of Orpheus
(closed 13 Nov 2019)
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On Your Feet!
(closed 31 Aug 2019)

 
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Man of La Mancha
(closed 8 Jun 2019)
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The Merry Widow
(closed 13 Apr 2019)
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Jack the Ripper - ENO
(closed 12 Apr 2019)

 
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The Magic Flute
(closed 11 Apr 2019)
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Akhnaten
(closed 7 Mar 2019)
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La boheme
(closed 22 Feb 2019)