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It's a Wonderful Life - English National Opera

The classic Christmas story, redefined for a new generation.

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s operatic adaptation of the genre-defining Frank Capra film of the same name, It’s a Wonderful Life will transport you to the idyllic little town of Bedford Falls, where it’s a white Christmas – though not everything is merry and bright.

Down-on-his-luck banker George Bailey (Frederick Ballentine) feels like life has passed him by, so when his guardian angel (Danielle de Niese) pays him a visit, George is shown what life in his beloved Bedford Falls would be like without him in it: maybe it’d be a little less wonderful after all?

Aletta Collins makes her ENO debut directing and choreographing, with regular Heggie collaborator Nicole Paiement conducting the ENO Chorus and Orchestra alongside the all-star cast, which includes Gweneth Ann Rand, Jennifer France, Michael Mayes and more.

Create a new holiday tradition, book your opera tickets to Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (by permission of Paramount Licensing Inc.) and “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera with Co-Commissioners San Francisco Opera and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Important Information

Sung in English. The surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Fri 25th November 2022 until Sat 10th December 2022.

Show times for each day are below.

Mon

-

Tue

7.30pm

Wed

Thu

-

Fri

3.00pm

Sat

7.30pm
3.00pm

Sun

7.30pm
7.30pm

London Coliseum Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: St. Martin's Lane 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139

Night Buses Icon Night buses: St. Martin's Lane 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Charing Cross

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Leicester Square

Directions Icon Directions from Leicester Square :

(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Parking Icon Car park: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at London Coliseum

Air conditioned

Bar

Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible

London Coliseum Location

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
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It's a Wonderful Life - English National Opera

London Coliseum, London

Running until:
Sat 10th December 2022

Running time:
2 Hours 10 Minutes

Tickets from
£ 10.00