At the ENO we are proud to create extraordinary encounters with opera on stage and beyond and we are committed to making those encounters available to everyone.

For every performance we have a dedicated Access Supervisor who is on hand to provide additional assistance to customers with access needs.

Should you require assistance please ask a member of staff upon arrival or contact the Box Office prior to attending to let us know how we can help you have the best experience possible.

Join our Access scheme

We run an access scheme which gives audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs the following:

  • half price tickets (subject to availability)
  • priority booking
  • Braille and large print versions of cast lists and synopses

To join the ENO’s access scheme please complete the Registration Form

Fill out the registration form online

For more information, or if you need assistance completing the registration form, please email: [email protected]

Accessibility in the London Coliseum

Access for people who use a wheelchair or a mobility scooter

We have the following provisions for wheelchair users:

  • If you would like to transfer from your chair, there is step-free access to eight stalls boxes; Row O in the Stalls; Row K in the Dress Circle and Row K in the Balcony.
  • If you would like to stay in your chair there are three wheelchair spaces in Row O in the Stalls, Row K in the Dress Circle. There are also eight Stalls boxes that are wheelchair accessible.
  • Adapted accessible unisex toilets on four out of five levels of the London Coliseum: Lower Ground, Stalls, Dress Circle and Balcony (not Upper Circle)
  • We have a lift which provide access to all levels of the auditorium and to all bars and restaurants. Please note: there is no level access seating in the upper circle.

Wheelchair spaces and transfer seats can be booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7845 9300.

Take a look at our seating plan.

For people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment

Enhanced sound systems

We offer a free enhanced sound system via headphones.

We use a Sennheiser radio frequency system for assisted listening and audio description. Devices are available with outer ear headphones or induction neck loops for hearing aid users. You can also bring your own headphones which must have a 3.5mm jack to work with our devices.

Please speak to a member of staff upon arrival should you require a device and we will bring it to you.

Signed performances

ENO offers British sign language-interpreted performances.

2023/24 Season dates:

Peter GrimesMonday 9 October 2023
IolantheTuesday 24 October 2023
7 Deaths of Maria CallasSunday 5 November 2023
La traviataSunday 12 November 2023
The Handmaid’s TaleThursday 8 February 2024
The Barber of Seville – Thursday 22 February 2024
The Magic FluteTuesday 19 March 2024
JenufaMonday 25 March 2024

For people who are Blind or have a visual impairment

Audio introduction

We offer an audio introduction each opera performance which describes the show and begins 15 minutes before curtain up. This audio introduction is available via a headset that is supplied free of charge. To pick up your headset, visit the information desk in the London Coliseum foyer. If you prefer, we can send you this in advance, either by CD in the post, or as an audio link via email. Simply email [email protected] with your preference.

Large print and Braille

The cast list and synopsis for the opera is also available in Braille and large print on the night. Alternatively, we can send you this material in advance in the following formats: Braille, large print, CD or an email containing an audio link.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome inside the auditorium, although we are always delighted to look after your guide or assistance dog during the show – the choice is yours. We provide all dogs with a water bowl, and can take them for walks during the show.

Relaxed Programme

Relaxed performances are for everyone, and they may particularly benefit those who might normally find it challenging to access theatre.

This might include anyone with dementia, learning disabilities, an autistic spectrum condition, Tourette’s syndrome, sensory disorders, anxiety, bladder and bowel conditions, and those with young children or babies.

2023/24 Season Relaxed Programme

The ENO’s Relaxed Programme will take two forms on the main stage this season. For Iolanthe, and The Magic Flute we will have Relaxed Performances, and for The Barber of Seville we will have our first Discover Opera Experience – deconstructing the opera for audiences, providing a shortened, and guided version of the opera, which will performed in a relaxed setting.

Iolanthe Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 25 October at 13.00

The Magic Flute Relaxed Performance: Tuesday 12 March at 11.00

The Barber of Seville Discover Opera Experience: Tuesday 27 February at 11.00

Call the Box Office

Parking and Drop-off Points

There are a couple of disabled bays in St Martin’s Lane and in Charing Cross Road. However, these do get snapped up very quickly so we don’t recommend that you rely solely on them.

Instead, we recommend getting dropped off at the theatre in time for the driver to get to Q-Park Trafalgar on Spring Gardens, which is on the other side of Trafalgar Square. Q-Park Trafalgar on Spring Gardens is approximately 0.3 miles or, a six-minute walk from the London Coliseum.

You can receive a 50% discount at this car park, as well as other nearby car parks.  To redeem your discount, please ask the Box Office at the London Coliseum to validate your car parking ticket and present it to an attendant at your chosen car park. Please note: If you pre-book, we cannot offer the 50% discount.

More information about disabled parking in the area is available on the Westminster Council website.

Website accessibility

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Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about access at the London Coliseum, please get in touch with our box office: