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About the London Coliseum

The London Coliseum was the brainchild of impresario Oswald Stoll and prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham, with the vision of creating the "people's palace of entertainment". Opening on Christmas Eve in 1904, the Coliseum has been used to stage countless musicals, operas, ballets, plays and variety shows for more than 100 years. It has been the home of English National Opera and English National Ballet since 1968.

With a seating capacity of 2,359, the London Coliseum houses the largest auditorium in the West End, hosting many spectacular productions on its huge 80ft wide stage. In 2000, a four-year refurbishment began to restore some of the Grade II listed building's original Edwardian features and improve many of the facilities in the venue.

Alongside staging a varied programme of opera and ballet throughout the year, notable productions at the Coliseum include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson; Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close; and Hairspray starring Michael Ball.

Plan your visit

The London Coliseum auditorium opens around 60 minutes before the performance is due to begin. The box office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There is no set dress code at the London Coliseum. As this is a prestigious, grand venue many patrons take the opportunity to dress up a little. But you should wear something that is comfortable and appropriate.
Yes, there is air conditioning throughout the London Coliseum.
There is a free cloakroom available for all ticket holders. It is located on the lower ground level and you can check in coats, rucksacks and large items.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time for this to take place.
There are several bars and even a restaurant throughout the London Coliseum. On the lower ground floor you'll find the American Bar Restaurant, that offers an extensive pre-theatre dining menu. Other bars include the Foyer Bar and the Sky Bar, located on the upper circle level. You'll find a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, alongside snacks including nuts and ice cream.
The London Coliseum is located on St Martin's Lane, which benefits from a wide range of cafes and restaurants. A pre-theatre dinner at Steak & Co is a popular choice with theatregoers, due to its proximity to the theatre. Alternatively, sample some of Italy's tastiest food at the award-winning restaurant, Fumo, which is a five-minute walk from the theatre.
The hub by Premier Inn is just across the road from the theatre and offers a range of smart, affordable rooms in the heart of London's West End. If you're looking to make your trip to the London Coliseum extra-special, spend the night at the five-star St Martin's Lane Hotel, which is less than a three-minute walk from the theatre.
The London Coliseum opened in 1904 and was designed by renowned theatrical architect Frank Matcham, whose other designs include the London Palladium and the Victoria Palace Theatre. Matcham designed the theatre to be a luxury, variety theatre that was the 'people's palace of entertainment'. The theatre is the largest in London with over 2,350 seats across four levels and also has the widest stage at over 80ft. The London Coliseum is home to both the English National Opera and the English National Ballet.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please have your confirmation email and a form of ID to hand.
The London Coliseum box office is open from 10am until 8pm on performance days for in-person bookings and collection.
The London Coliseum box office can be contacted directly on 020 7845 9300.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
It's possible to hire many of the London Coliseums bars, restaurants and VIP rooms for private and corporate events. The rooms range in capacity from an intimate gathering of under 10 to a large event with over 200 guests. For more information and pricing, please email
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