London: Coliseum Theatre

Photo of London Coliseum Theatre, home of English National OperaThe Coliseum Theatre, one of London's largest theatres, opened on Christmas eve in 1904. Originally built as a venue for variety shows and later used as a cinema, it is home to the English National Opera, the company that performs its repertory in English.

The London Coliseum, with seats for more than 2300 people, is an enormous and stately opera house with crimson upholstery and gold accents. Visitors have the added benefit of seeing performances in the newly renovated auditiorium, which was completed in 2004.

In addition to operas, the theatre presents dance performances of the English National Ballet, including a yearly production of the The Nutcracker.

The theatre is located in the West End, near St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and Trafalgar Square.

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