La Boheme at London Coliseum tickets
La Boheme at London Coliseum tickets

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About the show

Four artists are living an impoverished but joyful life in the Latin Quarter of Paris when a knock on the door disturbs them. Mimi, another tenant in the building, has no more matches and her candle has blown out. This fateful meeting is the beginning of a timeless, epic story of love and loss. Jonathan Miller’s 2014 production of Puccini’s La Boheme returns to the English National Opera's London Coliseum this winter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the director’s ENO debut.

The four-act opera begins in the bitter cold of a Parisian winter, where a group of artists living together have run out of fuel for their fire. When one of them arrives with money, food and wine to celebrate the completion of a music performance, they decide to indulge at the café nearby. One of them, Rodolfo, lags behind and he meets Mimi, a poorly woman also living in the building. Their love proceeds to blossom, as does her illness.

Jonathan Miller began directing opera in the 1970's, with The Marriage of Figaro marking his first ENO production in 1978. He later went on to create successful productions in opera, theatre and television, such as The Merchant of Venice starring Laurence Olivier, BBC Television Shakespeare and The Mikado. Alexander Joel and Valentina Peleggi conduct the opera, with the design team including Isabella Bywater, Keven Sleep and translations by Amanda Holden. Casting includes Natalya Romaniw as Mimi and Jonathan Tetelman as Rodolfo, as well as David Soar, David Ireland, Nicholas Lester, Božidar Smiljanić, Nadine Benjamin and Matthew Durkan.

La Boheme is updated to 1930's Paris by Miller, proving the story’s timelessness and appeal across generations. Sung in English by some of the world’s best performers, the production runs at the West End's London Coliseum for a strictly limited season, playing from 26 November 2018.

Recommended for

Opera lovers who missed this production the first time it came around or want to see it again, and people curious about opera would do well to catch this acclaimed production.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Opened: 26 Nov 2018
Booking from: 22 Feb 2019
Booking until: 22 Feb 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

77 Reviews Add review

La Boheme was brilliant, unfortunately marred somewhat by the occupant of seat A39's constant use of a mobile phone throughout Acts... More

alanr4 1 review, 0 helpful votes

One of the best productions of the opera that I have seen. The singers were all magnificent and the acting superb. The crowd scenes... More

jeanr2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Over a decade on, Jonathan Miller's production is as fresh as ever. Welsh Soprano, Natalya Romaniw was authoritative, the four male... More

robertm12 1 review, 0 helpful votes

rajnikantj 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Excellent opportunity to see a fabulous opera and a very low price. Lots of U18s in the audience too. Fantastic set and great performance. More

matthewc7 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A fantastically accessible opera in the English language. The mood changes beautifully from light-hearted to tragic from the first... More

carlym 1 review, 0 helpful votes

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes


davidjones9 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

First time at the opera and it was very enjoyable. We will go again.

andrewn4 1 review, 0 helpful votes