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What to expect

We want to make sure that you have a truly unforgettable experience at the London Coliseum.

Here, we’ve gathered together some of the questions most frequently asked by our audiences to help you plan your visit – whether you’re a newcomer to opera and in need of some advice, or arranging a special night out.

If you’re new to opera

Is there a dress code?

Although most people do dress quite smartly, we don’t have a strict dress code. If you’d like to dress up a bit, you definitely won’t be the only one. But if you want to wear jeans and trainers, that’s fine too.

Will I understand what the actors are singing?

Yes. All English National Opera performances are in English, with the lyrics projected above the stage.

Arriving on the night

What time should I arrive?

We recommend arriving early so that you have plenty of time to collect your tickets, purchase a programme, and find your seat. If you’d like a drink or a bite to eat when you get here, you’ll find one of our bars open from an hour and a half before the show. You’ll be able to take your seat in the theatre auditorium from 25 minutes before the performance begins.

Bag checks
We are currently operating security checks at the entrance to the London Coliseum, so please ensure that you arrive in good time before the performance. Please note that no food or drink purchased off-site (including alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and water) is allowed into the theatre.

What if I’m late?

While we recommend arriving early, we know that being late is sometimes unavoidable. Don’t worry if you do find yourself delayed – you’ll be able to view the performance on a TV monitor until you can take your seat at the interval.

Where do I collect my tickets?

If you’ve chosen to print your tickets at home, you’ll find your e-tickets attached to your confirmation email. You can print these out and head directly to your seats when you get here. If you’ve chosen to collect your tickets, you’ll need to go to our box office in the theatre foyer.

Do you have a cloakroom?

Yes – our cloakroom is free of charge and you’ll find it on the lower ground level of the theatre.

I’ve got a question that isn’t answered here

Our friendly box office team are happy to help. Give them a call on 020 7845 9300 (we’re open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm) or email: [email protected].  You can also tweet us @e_n_o