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London Coliseum Guided Tours 2016/17

Discover the secrets of London's largest theatre on one of our guided tours.

Explore the hidden world of ENO and discover the secrets of London’s largest theatre on one of our guided tours.

The London Coliseum, commissioned by the great theatrical impressario Oswald Stoll and designed by the flamboyant theatre architect Frank Matcham, opened as a Music Hall in 1904. It is considered to be Matcham’s masterpiece and is a sensational example of Edwardian architecture in the grand style. It quickly became known as ‘The Peoples Palace’ – a theatre that was affordable to enter but which would also inspire a sense of wonder and excitement.

Our friendly and informal guided tours include a great deal of this extraordinary building, taking in the old Gentleman‘s Baronial Smoking Hall, Stoll’s Balcony, some Private Rooms, the Upper Glassed Terraces, the fabulous auditorium, the warren of staircases backstage, and underneath the vast revolving stage and orchestra pit (when possible).

Private tours

We are sometimes able to arrange private tours upon request. We will try to accommodate your group around any rehearsals that may be taking place. Please contact the Box Office on 020 7845 9300 to discuss your tour, or email [email protected] with your request.

Each tour lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Please note that tours include quite a lot of walking, with a many stairs to climb. If you would like to discuss your access requirements, please call: 020 7845 9300 or email: [email protected].

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Places on guided tours must be booked in advance. Please do not arrive for a guided tour unless you have confirmation of booking.

Tours vary according to what is available on the day. Access to the main auditorium is not guaranteed, and it is never possible to attend stage rehearsals. Please remember that you are visiting a working theatre and plans may change at short notice.