Discover a charming world behind the curtain of one of London’s most historic theatres with this fantastic tour of the London Coliseum.
The London Coliseum is a magnificent building, steeped in a colourful history. Commissioned by the great theatre impresario Oswald Stoll and designed by the leading theatre architect of his day, Frank Matcham, the Coliseum is a marvellous example of Edwardian architect in the Grand Style and is widely regarded as Matcham’s masterpiece.
Originally opened as a music hall on Christmas Eve, 1904, as a ‘Palace of Variety’ - a theatre which was affordable to the public, but rich enough to inspire a true sense of wonder and amazement. The Coliseum went on to host variety shows, musical comedies, stage plays and was even a cinema before becoming the home of the English National Opera (ENO) in 1974.
Filled with stories, characters and fascinating facts, the tour lasts for 90 minutes and encompasses a circuit of the theatre, including backstage access, the Old Gentleman’s Baronial Smoking Hall, Stoll’s Balcony, Upper Glassed Terraces and, of course, the stunning auditorium. The tour provides an incredible insight into a typical working day for the English National Opera.
To complete the experience, a delicious two-course meal will be served from a set-menu at a nearby restaurant - choices include: Planet Hollywood, Prezzo, Fire and Stone and Spaghetti House. Restaurant sittings are usually at 13:00 and 18:00 - please confirm meal times when booking.
When can you go?
This experience runs twice a week on selected dates, throughout the year. Excluding school holidays.
How long does this activity last?
The tour will last approximately 1½ hours.
You need to know
The minimum age for this experience is 6 years old. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
This is for a voucher entitling the holder to any of the activities supplied by Activity Superstore up to the value stated.
You and how many others?
This experience is for two people. There will be other people on the day.
Family and friends
Unfortunately, you are not able to bring spectators on the day.