The London Coliseum, in the heart of the West End, is one of the largest and most impressive theatrical buildings in the capital. Opened in 1904, the London Coliseum is located on St. Martin’s Lane in the West End and is the most luxurious family variety theatre. Earlier the Coliseum was home to variety shows and chariot races, but today audiences can expect to see their favorite operas, plays, dance as well as musical offerings in the summertime.
The building has a rich and varied history, from the home of variety and entertainment to a cinema and is now home to both the English National Ballet and the English National Opera. It has the widest proscenium arch in London and was one of the first to have electric lighting and was built with a revolving stage that consisted of three concentric rings.
Seating over 2500 people across 4 levels, all seats offer an excellent view of the stage, so one can feel a part of the action.
Attractions at London Coliseum
1: West End Musicals
London’s West End is well known for its musicals. From long-running hit shows such as The Lion King & Mamma Mia! which have been entertaining audiences for decades to welcoming some of the Broadways recent hits. London certainly is a place to enjoy a musical production. With so much to offer from jukebox shows full of hits songs to musicals based on films and books, the West End provides audiences with some of the best forms of entertainment possible. Some of the best West End plays are Frozen, Wicked, Moulin Rouge.
2: English National Opera
English National opera exists and often performs at the London Coliseum for everyone to create new experiences with opera that inspires, nurtures creativity, and makes a difference. All performances are sung in English, with the song text projected above the stage. Singing in English enhances the emotional connection between performers and audiences.
Some of the Opera performances here are The Cunning Little Vixen, La Boheme, The Handmaid’s Tale, My Fair Lady. A brand-new upcoming musical is a Fabric at the Opera, bringing live electronic music for the very first time.
3: The English National Ballet:
A magical Christmas tradition for all the family. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker, the famous ballet in London, to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets, and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live. The coliseum’s excellent acoustics and interiors all help contribute to creating an unforgettable experience. It is comfortable, elegant, and fitted with the latest sound systems and lighting mechanisms to allow the audience to fully appreciate the nuances and details of each performance. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable Christmas treat.
4. Food and Drink at London Coliseum
The elegant Edwardian panelled drawing room is the perfect setting for pre-performance and interval dining. There are several bars and even a restaurant throughout the London Coliseum. On the lower ground floor, you'll find the American Bar Restaurant, which 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. Using the very best locally sourced, fresh produce they have crafted an inspiring seasonal menu, paired with a world-class wine selection.
Show your love for the show with a special London Coliseum Logo T-Shirt, or pick up printed Mugs, Key Chains, printed artworks, and many unique memorabilia.
London Coliseum will truly be a memorable family outing with its great performances. It has a program of activities for families and primary-aged children and is a wonderful place for all to enjoy a musical evening. A must-visit place on your tour to London.