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“Two nights at the opera”
Review of London Coliseum

London Coliseum
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London Coliseum Backstage Theater Tour
Ranked #168 of 1,848 things to do in London
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having not been to the Coliseum for years, I ended up visiting twice in two months. It’s a beautiful building and, although it seats a lot of people, it doesn’t seem that big when you’re inside. This means that even if you’re further back, you still get a good view. It does feel like a proper theatre though, with lots of ornate décor, topped off with gilded charioteers on either side of the stage high above the auditorium.

I saw The Marriage of Figaro, and then the current revival of Chess. Both productions are excellent, although Chess is stunning. I saw the original London production, and had forgotten how good it is. This version merges live camera footage with the stage action, and it adds a new dimension to it. The cast are excellent. On the night we went there was cheering after every song and a standing ovation at the end.

A couple of nice touches: there’s an electronic display that provides subtitles for the operas. The one we saw was sung in English, but I’m guessing this is also used for translating productions that aren’t. Another thoughtful gesture is the provision of water at the bars during the intervals that you can help yourself to free of charge.

Thank AlexaPens
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw Chess last night having enjoyed the original and thought the new production was brilliant. The contemporary staging is imaginative and singing, especially Michael Ball, was superb. We would happily see it again.
Like many reviews we do not understand the negative press it has received.

Thank ADooley
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing show. Great choreography. Singing was fabulous and love all the songs couldn’t stop singing. Fabulous stage set. Great storyline. Can not fault it. Can’t wait to go back again

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michael Ball is fantastic, Chess is a great show, superb staging & some excellent songs. The theatre seats are more comfortable than in many other establishments & there are more ladies loos (though you need to race to beat the queues at the interval)

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’m amazed at some of the previous negative reviews as this is truly an excellent production of one of the best musicals composed in the last 40 years. I saw the original productions 4 times when it opened in the late 80s when it had a long run. It has surprised me that it has not been revised on the West End stage until now though it is constantly being performed throughout the world. The music and lyrics are simply wonderful.
I liked the current London Coliseum even better than the original and all the singers were outstanding. It was a truly outstanding performance.

Thank Daniel A
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