London Coliseum (Theatre)
Covent Garden, London
St. Martins Lane, London WC2N 4ES
- Charing Cross Station (<0.1 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.1 km)
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020 7492 1548
9 reviews of London Coliseum (Theatre) in English
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This is indeed a beautiful theatre, both from the outside and in. Sadly, as much as I try, I just can not get into opera.
The staff were extremely helpful when I made a mistake with my booking.
Dedicated to Roland Petit and performed by The English National Ballet, this trio of ballets was staged to celebrate one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century.
The opening ballet was L’Arlesienne performed by Erina Takahashi and Esteban Berlanga, it tells the story of a young man tormented by ghosts of his past and following his wedding day, succumbs to his insanity.
The second was Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (The Young Man and Death) performed by Anton Lukovkin and Jia Zhang.
The third and final ballet was Carmen performed by Anais Chalendard and Daniel Kraus telling the tragic love story between Don Jose and beautiful dancer Carmen.
All three performances were beautifully staged and were complimented wonderfully by The Orchestra of The English Ballet conducted by Benjamin Pope.
It was a quite magical afternoon of dance and storytelling, all in the stunning surroundings of the historic and prestigious Grade II listed London Coliseum Theatre.
A really beautiful venue. My boyfriend and I sat gazing at the ceiling for half an hour before the performance started. The lions, the faces, all that gold paint! Stunning.
Also, the onsite facilities (bar, etc.) are very good (acceptable prices, even!) with a wide range of drinks and refreshments.
An absolutely stunning venue to see ballet or opera. The ornate interior and plush red seats hark back to a bygone age, but the performances aim to make the 'snooty' entertainments accessible to a modern audience. This year's Nutcracker was a case in point: the cartoonish costumes avoid the tutu and codpiece stereotype, and the smiles on kids' faces show that ballet can appeal to a younger generation.
A great venue, and a great place to test the balletic and operatic waters if you're not sure it'll be to your taste. At the very least you can stare in wonder at the theatre's interior.
This is a really stunning theatre. I came here to see the ballet Manon last night. The staff were friendly and helpful - especially as I’d had a bit of a caffuffle with my tickets (read: I lost them months ago, and as I had a confirmation, they happily replaced them earlier this week.) Bonus points as they really didn’t have to do that.
The building is stunning. And huge. Ornate decor and just a brilliant “theatre feeling” if that makes sense? It’s got some history behind it and you get swept away with everything going on. There’s also nice people handing out chocs which was a nice bonus.
The theatre is actually deceptively huge. We climbed a million stairs to get to the balcony, but it was worth it. The seats are spaced properly, so you don’t do that annoying head bobbing thing throughout the show. You can just see! Yay! We were very far back (ten quid tickets from the fabulous lastminute.com) and we had a great time.
We didn’t stay to the end - ballet isn’t for us and there was two intervals! (We left in the second - after two hours of fun twirly dancing). I’m not sure how I’d get with opera either. But, if they’re you bag, or you fancy doing something a bit more cultured of an evening, it’s well worth checking out. Great place. Great staff. Just wish I’d enjoyed the whole experience more.
This is a lovely theatre, and it puts on some excellent productions. Unlike the Royal Opera House, it has a very firm tradition of making operas accessible to everyone, an ethos reflected in both the pricing and the fact the operas are sung in English. I have enjoyed productions of Aida, Cosi Fan Tutte and Magic Flute, all for less than £15. Bargain! A good place to start if you know nothing about opera and want to give it a try.
Absolutely stunning inside and out.
The seats on the Balcony were comfortable enough, and the view was really good despite the distance. Best thing you can spend £23 on, I’d say!
We saw Aida. The costumes are fabulous and the spectacle unforgettable. I loved the story too, and hadn’t read it on purpose to be surprised.
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