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Life at the London Coliseum Sarah Lenton Wednesday 13 March 2019

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The London Coliseum is now the home of English National Opera.

It was the theatre that hosted Les Ballets Russes, Annie Get Your Gun, Music Hall and Cinerama.

Everything about the Coliseum is enormous – the stage, the auditorium, the number of its ghosts, the size of its problems.

Sarah regards the Coliseum as ‘her’ theatre, having worked there since 1979. She knows how many tons of sand can be tipped on the stage, why there is a knife hanging from the flys and how they got away with Don Giovanni inadvertently bursting into flames.

She even knew some of the ghosts (while they were still alive….)

 Sarah Lenton has spent her working life in the theatre, principally at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. She writes programme articles and websites, she gives lectures on the operas and ballets in the rep. and does live opera broadcasts and podcasts for BBC Radios 3 and 4. She has written and directed many shows, including more than 20 for the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. She is also a cartoonist.