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Coliseum Theatre

St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Leicester Square (125m) Charing Cross/Embankment (275m)
Parking Parking: ENO patrons receive a 50% discount at the following Masterpark car parks: Cavendish Square, Chinatown (Newport Place), Marble Arch and Park Lane, Poland Street, Rochester Row, Spring Gardens and Whitcomb Street. To qualify please ask the Box Office to validate your car park ticket and present.
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Guide Dogs Guide Dogs:

Guide dogs allowed into auditorium, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit in the manager's office.

Sound Amplification Infra-Red:

Radio-wave system in the auditorium and induction loop at Box Office and all bars.

Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access:

10 spaces for wheelchair/scooter users in total: 2 at back of Dress Circle, 4 in Stall boxes and 4 at back of Stalls (companions can sit beside the wheelchairs users). 10 wheelchair/scooter transfer spaces: 4 in Dress Circle and 6 in Balcony. Theatre also provides 2 wheelchairs for loan.

Toilets Toilets:

Adapted toilets at Basement, Stalls, Dress Circle (no steps from lift) and Balcony levels.

Steps Steps:

Slight ramp through left-hand doorway of main entrance on St Martin's Lane opening outwards into foyer. Information desk straight ahead and low countered box office to the right. Main lift, with voice announcements and Braille signage, to right of information desk serving all levels (suitable for scooters). Another lift serves Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. Otherwise 29 steps up from foyer to Dress Circle, 47 up to Upper Circle and a further 45 up to Balcony. 2 steps between rows in the Balcony, Dress and Upper Circle; 1 step between rows in Stalls. Venue is carpeted throughout and all steps are highlighted with handrails on either side.

Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: No
Venue Owner Owner: English National Opera

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.