The London Coliseum is an immensely impressive theatre that certainly lives up to its grand name.
The largest theatre in all of London, it was opened in 1904 in the city's famous West End. For those seeking arts and culture, witnessing a performance in this legendary venue is sure to be a memorable trip.
See breathtaking performances in a breathtaking space
One of the London Coliseum's biggest draws is its immense size. The theatre seats almost 2500 people, so you'll have ample chances to snag good seats, and with a stage 80 feet wide sitting beneath the widest proscenium arch in London, the interior feels like a magnificent cavern.
The enormous size of this venue only adds to the grandiosity of its performances.
Its stage is the domain of artists so impressive they seem to take up its entire space themselves, for the London Coliseum is owned by the English National Opera who regularly put on performances here.
The English National Ballet can also be found dancing at this impressive venue - we promise watching something like The Nutcracker within this tremendous building will be an experience you'll never forget.
A grand history
The London Coliseum is a theatre of many firsts. It was one of the first theatres to have electric lighting, the first theatre in England to have a triple revolve installed on its stage, and one of the first two places in the UK to sell Coca-Cola.
During its history, it has taken on many forms: for a brief period in the 1960s, it was used as a cinema, and during the Second World War, it served as a canteen for Air Raid Precaution wardens.
In fact, during the war, Winston Churchill himself gave a speech from this very stage!
The architect of the London Coliseum, Frank Matcham, was a distinguished figure in the early 20th-century who built over eighty theatres throughout the UK.
In 2000, the theatre underwent a massive restoration to be remodelled in a way that was more in line with Matcham's original image, returning the auditorium and other public spaces to their original Edwardian state and putting in a new staircase Matcham drew up plans for himself.
When you enter, you'll feel like you've been transported back in time.
We're sure that you won't want your first visit to the London Coliseum to be your last.
Getting there is easy by car, train, or bus, and if you get peckish and you're in the mood for some fine dining, the theatre also contains an elegant restaurant that serves delicious food.
The impressiveness of this legendary building makes watching one of the amazing performances hosted there an almost otherworldly experience, so why not see what events are happening there today?
Jonathan Miller’s classic production of The Barber of Seville is a feast of frivolous fun taking place at the London Coliseum this February
Simon McBurney brings the Mozart's extraordinary work, The Magic Flute, to the London Coliseum in an evening of magic, romance and timeless music
A tale of honour, love and sacrifice, Leos Janacek’s opera Jenufa at the London Coliseum explores the stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock