UK – London – Coliseum

Dates: 1904 – present

Designed by Frank Matcham for Oswald Stoll, this is the largest theatre in London, at 2359 seats.

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Archive equipment related to London Coliseum over the years

  • Light Console (Strand)
  • MMS (Strand)
  • Documents

    London Coliseum - Arthur Lloyd 
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    From Arthur Lloyd website

    Mentions of London Coliseum in indexed journals


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    1904 – 1933 – Variety shows, musical comedies, stage plays
    1933 – 1934 – Talkies arrived and films were shown for a year, including the RKO classic King Kong
    1934 – 1961 – Variety shows, musical comedies, stage plays
    1961 June – 1963 – Cinema – The theatre was leased by MGM after a run of poorly-received musicals ended.
    1963 July – 1968 – Leased by Cinema to become the second of London’s Cinerama locations. Renamed the Coliseum Cinema.
    1968 – Sadlers Wells Opera company moved in, after a large orchestra pit had been installed, and the house was fully restored and redecorated.
    1974 – The Sadlers Wells company changed it’s name to the English National Opera
    2000 – 2004 – Extensive renovation, with design team RHWL as architects and Arup as acousticians and engineers.
    Currently, the Coliseum is still the home of the ENO and is also the home of English National Ballet.

    Stage Technology

    The first theatre in England to have a triple revolve on its stage, although this was rarely used.

    Huge stage space – 55 feet wide by 92 feet deep, flat floor (non-raked) stage. The widest proscenium arch in London. One of the first to have electric lighting.

    The theatre was listed by English Heritage in September 1960.

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