We are excited to announce our brand new day out, taking you behind the scenes at the London Coliseum.
Explore the hidden world of ENO (English National Opera) and discover the secrets of the largest theatre in London’s West End on one of these fascinating guided tours.
The London Coliseum opened as a variety theatre in 1904 and is a wonderful example of Frank Matcham’s unique Edwardian style. Planned by theatre impresario Oswald Stoll, he wanted it to be the “Peoples’ Palace of Pleasure” and the best equipped theatre in London. When building began it quickly caught the attention of the public who were bewitched by our iconic revolving globe.
On your visit you will get to see the beautifully preserved front-of-house areas and explore the warren of staircases and hallways backstage. The friendly tour guides will share with you the history of the building and how it has adapted over time to its changing cast of characters and companies. Find out why the tram line on the Strand was so important to the theatre and just how they once had a cricket match on stage. Don’t forget to ask about what was uncovered under the carpet too..!
PLEASE NOTE: As this is a working theatre, we cannot guarantee access to the auditorium and some areas are only accessible by stairs.
Groups 20+ £26.00pp
(max 30 people)
Please enquire for allocation dates between September 2020 and April 2021.
This day out includes a 2 hour guided tour taking place at 11am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm*
and a 2 course fish and chip lunch with tea or coffee either before or after your tour.
*Timings will be confirmed upon time of booking