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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Mar 30, 2001 4:30 am ]
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'Curtain up on a new era - The Coliseum's £41m makeover is good news for a grand old lady,' BY RICHARD MORRISON

Although primarily used for opera, the Coli is the best large theatre for dance in the UK that I'm aware of. There are usuall a few seasons each year. The reason for the smaller scale changes compared with the royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells is that there is not so much wrong with the house as it is at the moment. I do feel sorry for the performers and stage crew that there will be little updating behind the scenes. I expect one or two of our readers may have something to say about that.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Nov 17, 2001 3:59 am ]
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Lady bountiful
Vivien Duffield raised millions of pounds for the Royal Opera House, but even she admits she was a thorn in its side. Now she has defected to English National Opera. She tells Dan Glaister about her grand ambitions in The Guardian:

The woman sitting at the table looks out of place. Dressed in a sober but stylish brown two-piece, her blonde hair neatly flicked, an incongruous ornamental pineapple pinned to her lapel, Vivien Duffield exudes calm, power, authority and, most of all, wealth. But there is something awry. A glance around the room confirms that things are not as they should be. She points to the walls and adopts a stage whisper: "The colour," she hisses, "and the lights - they're too bright."

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:08 am ]
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Falling houses
The revamped Coliseum is terrific – but other theatres need help, says Giles Worsley for The Daily Telegraph


All that gilt, all those blowsy cherubs swinging from the proscenium arch - itself anathema to the progressive director. For much of the second half of the 20th century the theatrical profession seemed embarrassed by the theatres in which it had to work. It was all in such bad taste, Edwardian frippery that only served to distract attention from the point of the evening: good solid drama.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:04 am ]
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Coliseum delay may cost ENO £250,000
by Ruth Gillespie for The Stage

English National Opera could lose £250,000 in ticket sales after being forced to delay the reopening of its home, the London Coliseum, by two weeks.

Management has cancelled five out of nine scheduled performances of the Peter Sellars' production Nixon in China, which was due to open both the newly restored venue and the company's 2004 Sky and Artsworld Season on February 7, after failing to meet deadlines for the £41 million refurbishment programme.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:40 am ]
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Sean Doran: A new dawn for ENO
The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera, has had a £41m makeover. Michael Church for The Independent sees it and is dazzled but asks the chief executive, Sean Doran, how the cash-strapped company will match its rich surroundings

Offering four shows daily six days a week, the Coliseum was a true People's Palace when it opened, in 1904. The original fare was "variety", but that didn't prevent Sarah Bernhardt, WC Fields, Lily Langtry, and Diaghilev's Ballet Russe from gracing its stage.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:26 am ]
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The arts column: what makes a good opera house?
Rupert Christiansen for The Daily Telegraph follows the progress of the London Coliseum renovation.

Following a flurry of 11th-hour technical glitches (mostly electrical in nature, one gathers), English National Opera has postponed the re-opening of the London Coliseum from February 7 to 21. This delay appears to be more a matter of bad luck than bad judgment - the £41 million Lottery-financed renovation has generally been tightly managed over its four-year span - but it's deeply embarrassing.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:19 am ]
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Curtain up
As ENO unveils a new season and its refurbished London Coliseum home, David Blewitt for The Stage looks back over the history of Frank Matcham's lavish theatre and the myriad acts that have trodden its boards.

Frank 'Matchless' Matcham's glorious London Coliseum reopens on February 27, after extensive refurbishment, with English National Opera's launch of its new production of Wagner's Ring tetralogy. It seems an apt choice given the theatre's past record of sumptuous stagings, even if more by default than design.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:12 am ]
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Quote:
People's palace to shine again

The Sydney Morning Herald
February 24, 2004

A restored theatre could mean improved fortunes for the English National Opera, writes Peter Gotting in London.

The English National Opera opened late on Saturday, two weeks late. But this was not just another new production in fact, its planned season of Nixon in China has been indefinitely postponed but a special gala to introduce a new star.
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Jun 12, 2005 10:29 pm ]
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Ill considered or what!

Opera boss says sorry for booing
From the BBC website


The apology arises from an incident at the London Coliseum on 13 May
A director of English National Opera has apologised for booing a colleague at the end of a public performance.
Director of marketing Ian McKay shouted derision after a performance of Lulu on 13 May when the ENO's departing music director Paul Daniel came on stage.

Audience members complained to front of house staff at the London Coliseum.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainmen ... 076604.stm

Author:  Cassandra [ Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:28 am ]
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The ENO's troubles seem never ending. Can't help feeling Sean Doran has been something of a scapegoat. This very good Telegraph article puts the situation into perspective:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/12/01/bmeno01.xml

For those unfamiliar with British opera woes, I'd better mention that the ENO's home theatre, the Coliseum, is also a receiving house for ballet and dance - arguably the best in London.

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