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London Coliseum

St Martins Lane, LONDON, WC2N 4ES
020 7845 9300

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Don’t miss Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical at the magnificent London Coliseum from April for a strictly limited 18-week season.

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The show has adults themes of racism and body image in a lightheaded uplifting manner.


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With an idea, Gandhi founded a movement. With a movement, he created a nation. With a nation, he changed the course of history.

Philip Glass’s meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa traces the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change.

Glass’s use of repetitive musical structures – ‘minimalism’– creates a mesmerising soundscape, quite unlike traditional operas. First staged in 2007, Phelim McDermott‘s acclaimed staging of Satyagraha is a spectacular visual feast.

A collaboration with Improbable.

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The Valkyrie
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Family feuds can destroy worlds.

The seeds of a final apocalypse are sown in Wagner’s epic opera as the earth is plunged into conflict by scheming Gods in their search for power. Set against the rich landscape of Norse mythology, a man pursued and a woman in love create a devastating dispute between father and daughter.

Richard Jones returns to ENO to direct this gripping new production of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, following his Olivier Award-winning staging of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.

ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts the award-winning ENO Orchestra with a star-studded cast of singers featuring Matthew Rose (Wotan), Rachel Nicholls (Brünnhilde), Nicky Spence (Siegmund), Emma Bell (Sieglinde), Brindley Sherratt (Hunding), and Susan Bickley (Fricka).

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HMS Pinafore
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A clueless Captain, a spirited siren and pompous petty officers. No wonder they’re all at sea.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore is a hilarious tale of love, honour and duty. When Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran, falls for the lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, she’s torn between her heart’s true love, and her desire to honour her father’s wish for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Cal McCrystal returns to ENO to direct this new production following his smash-hit staging of G&S’s Iolanthe, ‘a grand and gorgeous extravaganza’ (Daily Telegraph).

Making his operatic debut as Sir Joseph is the actor and entertainer Les Dennis. He is joined by John Savournin as Captain Corcoran, with ENO Harewood Artists Elgan Llyr Thomas and Alexandra Oomens as Ralph and Josephine. ENO favourite Chris Hopkins conducts.

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Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets & Tchaikovsky’s popular score. Get your Nutcracker tickets here.

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Coming to the London Coliseum, ENB Artistic Director Tamara Rojo adapts the classic story ballet Raymonda, with a heroine in command of her own destiny.

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La bohème
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Mimì and Rodolfo's passion burns with a brilliant flame. But when Mimì falls ill it meets the cold, hard light of day. In a city of lights, can love eclipse Death itself?

One of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories, Puccin’s La bohème is an exceptional musical and theatrical treat. When Mimì knocks at the door of four impoverished friends, Rodolfo answers and it’s love at first sight.

Inspired by Brassaï’s photographs of 1930s Paris and Parisians, Jonathan Miller’s classic production returns to ENO. Conducted by Ben Glassberg, Puccini’s moving score follows Mimì and Rodolfo’s love unfolding from its joyful beginnings to ultimate heartbreak, and features popular opera songs like Musetta’s Waltz.

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The Cunning Little Vixen
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In the wild, we return to our true nature.

The Cunning Little Vixen tells the tale of a clever vixen named Sharp Ears. Captured by a local Forester when she is young, she later manages to escape his clutches, but he is forever haunted by her memory.

Exploring man’s relationship with nature, Janácek’s opera moves through the contrasting worlds of the Vixen and the Forester, showing how one chance meeting can forever change the lives of both.

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Così fan tutte
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All the fun of the affair.

In Mozart’s comic masterpiece, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are enjoying a holiday in Coney Island with their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo. However, the fairground is a place where anything can happen – and its manipulative master, Don Alfonso, has a game to play with the lovers…

The sublime score, featuring some of Mozart’s most famous music, unfolds to tell a story of love, lust and desire, played out in a world in which the boundaries between what is real and what is make-believe are blurred. Once the deceit is unmasked, can their lives really go on as before?

Be transported to 1950s Coney Island for an unforgettable holiday filled with romance and intrigue in Phelim McDermott’s ‘rollercoaster of a production’ (Evening Standard).

A collaboration with Improbable.

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The Handmaid's Tale
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Memory is strength. Love is resistance.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale plunges us into the Republic of Gilead, where women have been entirely stripped of their rights and freedoms.

The opera tells the story of a Handmaid given the name Offred, one of the fertile women forced to reproduce with Commanders of the Republic. This thought-provoking work magnifies the issues of state control and the fragility of freedom, as Offred wrestles with the daily terror of her reality.

With Danish composer Ruders’s score influenced by minimalism, medieval chanting and gospel music, the dissonant brutality of Gilead is viscerally depicted in the opera’s music itself.

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Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Embankment, Covent Garden.


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Coffee Shop serving teas, coffee and pastries is open from 10.00 Monday - Saturday.


London Coliseum's restaurant is open two hours before curtain up for starters and mains, you can then return in the interval for your dessert. The menu is seasonally inspired, using the best locally sourced ingredients and is paired with a world-class wine selection from restaurant partners Benugo.

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With a bar on every level of our theatre, you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of fine wines, spirits and seasonal cocktails wherever you are. You can also pre-order a picnic boxe for you to enjoy when you arrive, starting from £20 for two people sharing. Please note, picnic boxes need to be pre-ordered by 16.00 the previous day by emailing or calling 020 7845 9202.

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The London Coliseum is a major opera and performing arts venue and the largest capacity theatre in London’s West End, with 2359 seats.

Frank Matcham built the theatre for the theatrical impresario Sir Oswald Stoll and had the ambition of it being the largest and finest "People’s palace of entertainment" of the age. The inaugural performance was a variety bill on 24 December 1904.

Today the London Coliseum is home to English National Opera (ENO) and stages a wide variety of ENO operas, musicals, ballets and concerts, welcoming half a million visitors annually. The theatre offers guided tours throughout the year showing the history and architectural detail of this grand theatre. The theatre also houses a restaurant, a gift shop and a coffee shop.

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