The London Coliseum was built in 1904 as a “people’s palace of entertainment”. The London Coliseum was built with a capacity of 2,358 seats, larger than theatres built in the West End at the time. With a revolving stage, it was an expensive venue to upkeep and it was forced to close two years later. In 1907 it reopened and had more success with its variety shows for a number of years.
By the 1960s however, the theatre was forced to convert itself into a ‘super-cinema’. In 1968, the English National Opera relocated and restored its future as a theatrical venue with a brand new orchestra pit. Eventually buying the theatre in 1992, the ENO fixed it up completely in the early 2000s.