The London Coliseum theatre is home to the English National Opera, with frequent visits from the Royal Festival Ballet.
patrick – “I have seen some great ballets here (the nutcracker, swan lake) and the eno is always fantatsic, but I have learnt through experience not to sit at the top because the seats are totally uncomfortable. I would have expected them to fix this by now. But the rest of the theatre is wonderful. It's exactly what you want when going out to see an opera or a ballet. If the theatre doesnt look the part then it doesnt matter how good the performance is, but the coliseum has always impressed. It's just a shame they cant do something about the seats.”
pamHMRC – “Between the royal opera house and the London coliseum, I choose the London coliseum every time. Why? I hate to admit it, but its because of the kind of people that attend. Being more famous, the royal opera house tends to attract the kind of people that eat popcorn and slurp cokes and talk during key scenes. The rules for audience behaviour at the royal opera house seems to be 'anything goes'. But when I go to the coliseum I am surrounded by people who genuinely love opera and ballet, and want to enjoy and listen to the performance. And because the audience are more appreciative and dedicated, you can enjoy the performance more yourself because there is no extraneous noise and movements going on around you to detract from it. And whilst I love the royal opera house as a venue, I also feel that the London coliseum has a little more atmosphere, and is a more beautiful building inside. Take a trip to the bar and have a glass of wine at the interval -- go on! I love the view of”