The Luxurious and Highly Popular London Coliseum

The London Coliseum is arguably the most noted and visited theatre in the English capital. The theatre is also known as the Coliseum Theatre and is described by numerous theatrical critics as one of London’s largest and most luxurious “variety theatres. The theatre is situated in the central parts of the city, in St. Martin’s Lane in the district of Covent Garden.

London-ColiseumThe theatre was opened on December, 24th in 1904 as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties. Frank Matcham (the architect that designed the London Palladium) was responsible for the design of the London Coliseum. The theatre was commissioned by impresario Oswald Stoll, whose ambition was to build the largest and more refined music hall in London.

When the theatre opened doors it was the first theatre in England to have a stage with a triple revolve and was the first theatre in Europe that provided lifts to its patrons that would take them to the upper levels of the theatre. At the time the theatre stages variety shows, stage plays, musical comedies and live musical performances.

During the early 1960s, the London Coliseum was converted into a cinema which projected films in the Cinerama format. The theatre served the purpose of a cinema until 1968 when the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company moved into the building. In 1974 Sadler’s Wells Company changed the theatres name to the English National Opera. Today the London Coliseum stages primarily operas and is the London home of the English National Ballet.

From 2000 to 2004 the London Coliseum was the subject of a major construction and refurbishment project which restored the former glamour of the building. Today the building that houses the theatre is listed as a Grade II edifice and is considered by many Londoners and architectural experts to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the English capital. The current capacity of the London Coliseum is precisely 2.558 seats which are spread over three tiers that comprise a total of four levels.

The London Coliseum is a most visit site in the English capital, so make sure that you visit it during your visitation to London. On the other hand if you are a London resident then you should most certainly attend at some of the plays that the theatres stages throughout the year.

Alternatively if you have recently moved to the English capital via man and van services, take your time to settle in before you go to the theatre. It is for the best that you use man and van services for your relocation, as by doing so you will not only facilitate the entre process but you will also automatically lower the stress and irritation levels that will be present during the execution of your relocation.

Once you have unpacked, arrange your belonging into your new home and settle in, make sure that you book several ticket for any of the plays that the theatre is staging. We guarantee you that you will have an amazing time which you will remember for a very, very long time.


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