The London Coliseum has been the home of English National Opera (ENO) since 1968, although the building dates back to 1904. It was designed by the prolific and accomplished theatre architect Frank Matcham and has the widest proscenium arch in London. It was known for putting on variety shows, plays and musicals until it was taken over by the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company, now ENO.
The building is air conditioned and has 2 restaurants. The American Bar offers modern British dishes and the Sky Bar has a cold supper menu. If you’d like a meal, you’ll have to book a table in advance, but the bars also serve drinks and snacks to all. Those seated in boxes can pre-order drinks or hampers of food. The auditorium seats 2,358 people over 4 levels.
Two lifts provide access to all levels of the building. There are 4 wheelchair spaces in the Stalls, 4 in the Stalls Boxes and 2 at the back of the Dress Circle. Adapted toilets can be found on Basement, Stalls, Dress Circle and Balcony levels. The auditorium has a radio-wave system for hearing aid users. Some performances are interpreted in sign language and there is an audio-introduction available for every performance – a cassette recording which gives a vivid description of the sets and costumes.
The nearest tubes are Leicester Square (125m) and Charing Cross/Embankment (275m). There’s a Westminster City Council car park at Trafalgar Square and Whitcomb Street, and an NCP at Bedfordbury.
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