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Parsifal Tickets

Coliseum Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES


Nikolaus Lehnhoff's Parsifal was instantly acclaimed as one of the great Wagnerian stagings of our time. It now returns to London for the final time after equally triumphant performances in San Francisco, Chicago, Baden-Baden and Barcelona. Mark Wigglesworth, praised for the ‘consummate authority' (Evening Standard) and ‘beautifully detailed and expansive conducting' (The Guardian) that he brought to ENO's Katya Kabanova in 2010, having previously conducted both Tristan and Isolde (for WNO) and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (for the Royal Opera), returns to conduct.

A world-class cast is led by Stuart Skelton (star of ENO's South Bank Show Award-winning Peter Grimes) as the ‘innocent fool' who revitalises the Grail Knights' moribund, moralistic world through the power of human compassion. Iréne Theorin, one of Europe's finest Wagnerians (Isolde at Bayreuth in 2008 and a new star at the Metropolitan Opera, New York) is the conflicted Kundry. Olivier Award-winning bass Sir John Tomlinson returns to ENO as Gurnemanz, the trusty chronicler of the Grail's troubled history, while Iain Paterson - who recently took the title role in ENO's new Don Giovanni - is the fallen priest-king Amfortas.

Evenings: various
Theatre Venue: Coliseum Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Seating Plan: Seating Plan
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The Coliseum Theatre (also known as the London Coliseum) is on St. Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster. It is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres and opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham (designer of the London Palladium), for impresario Oswald Stoll. Their ambition was to build the largest and finest 'People's palace of entertainment' of its age.

1898 Lilian Baylis, at the age of 23, presents a series of opera recitals at the Old Vic theatre.

1912 She goes to establish a theatre company at the Old Vic, initially performing cut-down versions of Shakespeare.

1928 Lilian Baylis takes on a small group of dancers (the ballet company later separated from Vic-Wells and eventually renamed: The Royal Ballet).

1931 Sadler's Wells Theatre opens and the Vic-Wells Opera Company is formed. Initially the Company performs at both the Old Vic and Sadlers' Wells.

1937 Lilian Baylis dies.

World War II During World War II Sadler's Wells is requisitioned and the Company moves to Burnley, touring the Country to raise war-time spirits.

1945 Sadler's Wells re-opens with Britten's Peter Grimes, introducing the first English opera composer since Purcell to receive international acclaim.

1968 Managing Director Stephen Arlen moves Sadler's Wells Opera from Sadler's Wells Theatre to the London Coliseum.

1974 Sadler's Wells Opera becomes English National Opera (ENO).

1984 ENO is the first British opera company to tour the United States.

1990 ENO is the first major foreign opera company to tour the former Soviet Union.

1992 ENO acquires the freehold to the London Coliseum.

2000 The Company embarks on a four year restoration programme on its home the London Coliseum.

Casts:Iain Paterson
John Tomlinson
Tom Fox