London Coliseum Theatre

London Coliseum is following the Society of London Theatre Ticketing Principles through flexible and safe operational measures that combine the passion and desire for live experiences with the best possible customer experience.

Buying Tickets

For Hairspray performances 22 June – 18 July we are currently selling tickets within a ‘socially distanced’ auditorium and so due to the ‘Rule of 6’ you will only be able to buy a maximum of 6 tickets in one transaction. If you need to purchase more than 6 tickets, this means that everyone in the party should still only be comprised of two households. To do this the other household will need to make a separate booking. For performances from 20 July we are selling tickets within a non-socially distanced auditorium. At this time you will be expected to wear a face covering throughout your visit and you will need to ‘check-in’ to the theatre using the NHS Track & Test App. Every ticket must be purchased in advance and all tickets will be issued as e-tickets for safe display on your mobile device.

You can purchase tickets online and you will need an email address to receive your e-tickets. Seating within the auditorium There are four seating levels to choose from at the London Coliseum. Starting at ground level they are Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. Please note there is limited lift access to the Balcony and the staircase has 86 steps. Boxes are available in the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels. If you wish to book a box, please note that you will need to purchase all of the seats in that box, regardless of the number in your party. For example, if two of you wish to sit in Box 12 in the Dress Circle, you must purchase all four seats.

For socially distanced performances you will be able to purchase your tickets in pairs online or singles, through the website or via Live Chat with our fabulous Box Office team, but in order to ensure the maximum number of people are able enjoy the performances in a secure environment we are unable to seat multiple pairs of tickets without social distancing. For example: If you are a booking or household of six you will need to purchase three pairs, but you will be socially distanced in those pairs. This is for the protection of others as well as yourself.

Box office hours

Monday – Friday via Live Chat at eno.org 10.00 to 18.00. On performances days our hours are 10.00 to 20.00.

History

Originally titled the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties when it opened on 24 December 1904, its inaugural performance was a variety bill. W. S. Gilbert’s final play; The Hooligan was performed in 1911 and on 8 April 1931, the musical comedy White Horse Inn began a run of 651 performances. During the Second World War, it was a canteen for works of the Air Raid Patrol, and Winston Churchill gave a speech from the stage.

From 1961, the theatre began showing movies. This would last seven years, ending with the arrival of the Saddler’s Wells Opera Company. In 1974, the company changed their name to the English National Opera. They would finally purchase the freehold of the building in 1992. An extensive and detailed restoration began in 2000 with the theatre finally re-opening in 2004.

The Theatre houses the widest proscenium arch in London, including an 80-foot wide stage, and one was of the first theatre to have electric lighting. It was also constructed with a revolving stage, though this was rarely used.

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