London Coliseum

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  • Address:

    London Coliseum St Martin's Lane
    London
    WC2N 4ES

  • Venue phone:

    020 7845 9300

  • Venue website:

    www.eno.org

  • Transport:

    Tube: Charing Cross

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    1. London Coliseum
      • St Martin's Lane
        London
        WC2N 4ES
      • 020 7845 9300
      • www.eno.org
      • 51.509913,-0.12627

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La Bohème

Opera, Drama, West End

A revival of Jonathan Miller's modern, 1930s production of Puccini’s Paris-set classic, which focuses on the relationship between Rodolfo and seamstress Mimi. Californian soprano Angel Blue takes the role of Mimi, while David Butt Phillip will make his...

  1. Mon Nov 3 – Sat Dec 6
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £94-£115
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The Marriage of Figaro

Opera, West End

The actress Fiona Shaw returns to the London Coliseum to direct the first revival of her production of Mozart's comic masterpiece. Jamie Martin conducts, while Mary Bevan and David Stout play Susanna and Figaro. Set over one day where Figaro, the count's...

  1. Until Sun Nov 23
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £12-£99, £6-£49.50 concs
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Nutcracker

Ballet, Drama, West End

It's a Christmas must. The classic ballet about a Christmas eve where a magician arrives to cast a spell under the tree and brings little Clara's dolls, presents and more to life returns for London families to savour. English National Ballet's version...

Nutcracker
  1. Thu Dec 11 – Sun Jan 4 2015
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £14-£79
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Swan Lake

Ballet, Drama, West End

The quintessential ballet is all swans pirouettes and tutus and the English Ballet deliver on all of the above with their production of 'Swan Lake'. Derek Deane's choreography is set to Tchaikovsky's classic score with designs by Peter Farmer. The whole...

Swan Lake
  1. Wed Jan 7 2015 – Sun Jan 18 2015
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £14-£79
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Opera, Musicals, West End

The English National Opera make their first foray into the world of musical theatre with this new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's murderous thriller 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'. And with the cast they've roped in...

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  1. Mon Mar 30 2015 – Sun Apr 12 2015
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £10-£125
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The Girl of the Golden West

Opera, West End

  • Rating: 5/5
  • Critics' choice

Gripping from start to finish, this is the English National Opera’s first new production of Puccini’s glorious ‘cowboy opera’ in 50 years. Director Richard Jones and designer Miriam Buether have clearly had a lot of fun – Jones with the excellent cast,...

The Girl of the Golden West
  1. Sat Nov 1
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £12-£99, £6-£49.50 concs
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The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Opera, Drama, West End

The world staged premiere of John Adams's 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary', directed by visionary Peter Sellars. Commissioned by the luminous conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, the piece has been performed in concert previously,...

  1. Fri Nov 21 – Fri Dec 5
  2. London Coliseum
  3. £5-£65
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Nadine P

Review of Eifman’s Ballet – “Anna Karenina”


Last Saturday, on the 19th of April 2014 I visited the London Coliseum to see a Russian Modern Ballet from St. Petersburg, “Anna Karenina”, created by Boris Eifman.


The hosting theatre – the London Coliseum, is full of that charming Art Nouveau atmosphere making much smoother this Time Passage from the Present to the 19th century tragic Russian story, created by Leo Tolstoy.


The ballet is based on the famous novel, “Anna Karenina”, and predominately concentrates on the love triangle between Anna, her conservative husband Karenin and the dashing Vronsky. It opens up in a burst of psychological energy making an indelible impression upon its viewers.


Every twisted and extremely expressive movement of Anna Karenina’s body leads the viewer from the peak of her love passion to the gradual degradation of her inner world, crushed by the same passion. Lovers’ souls and bodies are entwined in incredible harmony. The building up of their passion is expressed through the light and colors. Black, golden-grey and creamy white colors dominate the ballet’s pallet helping to communicatethe emotional mood of heroes together with the dark and the light sides of Anna’s soul.

 Two beds: Anna’s marital couch and her lover’s “retreat” act as “supportive actors”, witnessing the development of the tragedy.


Anna and her husband’s acting is saturated with poses of rejection, prayers, grief, sorrows and anger. At the same time Anna and Vronsky’s bodies are entwined like branches of trees in complicated and amazingly smooth transformational poses. Lovers are in white, reminiscent of love doves. Anna’s silky night dress makes the gravity disappear under the ballerina’s feet, leaving her entirely in the power of her lover, whilst her black, mourning outfit pulls her to this “sinful” earth. Every gesture, turn or movement of the dancers is full of meaning. Their suppleness and flexibility are tested to the limit of a human body’s capability.


Condemning society, Anna’s husband, together with the male group of dancers, smeared in fuel oil and dirt represent the churning and rattling wheels of trains, , even her little son, all are dressed in black, mourning Anna’s destroyed inner world, anticipating her madness and sacrifice.

All this highly charged emotional performance is well accentuated by the minimum use of light, mostly spotlights combined with the ever moving music of Tchaikovsky.


This classical drama goes so well with the innovative, creative and very talented modern choreography of Eifman. It slowly reveals itself against the background of the romantic surroundings and the luxurious vintage interior of the London Coliseum, leaving the audience with an absolutely unforgettable experience. By Nadine Platt