Purcell Room

The Purcell Room reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.

The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. 

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Various times
23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Velvet Petal. Scottish Dance Theatre, CEPROMUSIC. Dundee Rep Theatre. July 2016
Various times
31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Various times | 31 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
This intimate dance work explores the transformative power of beauty
8:00 pm
Mon 03 Sep 2018
8:00 pm | Mon 03 Sep 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
The two musicians reunite to perform from their new multi-genre album Wildflower Blues
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
A woman reads and reflects upon Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks in this provocative work
Performers in Kaite O'Reilly's AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR
Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
An international mosaic of monologues about difference, disability and what it means to be human.
An international mosaic of monologues about difference, disability and what it means to be human.
7:45 pm
Fri 07 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 07 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Comedian Laurence Clark explains what it’s really like to be a parent with cerebral palsy
Comedian Laurence Clark explains what it’s really like to be a parent with cerebral palsy
Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Writer and comedian Jackie Hagan presents a new show featuring the voices of skint disabled people
Writer and comedian Jackie Hagan presents a new show featuring the voices of skint disabled people
Dan Daw, On One Condition
7:00 pm
Sun 09 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 09 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Delve into two performance works examining identity and disability
Delve into two performance works examining identity and disability
Photograph of the members of sax quartet Marici Saxes, who perform at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Fri 14 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 14 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
See a new side to the saxophone with a diverse palette of music from this all-female quartet
See a new side to the saxophone with a diverse palette of music from this all-female quartet
Paris, le 2 Novembre 2016.Portrait de Yaron Herman accompagné de Ziv et Bastien Burger
7:45 pm
Sat 15 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 15 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the award-winning Israeli jazz pianist perform his latest album live
Hear the award-winning Israeli jazz pianist perform his latest album live
2:00 pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 16 Sep 2018
Classical music
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience
Get all your pressing classical music questions answered in this interactive concert experience
Various times
20 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Various times | 20 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Reflect on the notion of truth and lies in our messy modern age in this thought-provoking theatre show
Reflect on the notion of truth and lies in our messy modern age in this thought-provoking theatre...
composer, Lubomyr Melnyk
7:45 pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 22 Sep 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Witness the pioneering pianist perform in his own musical language, 'Continuous Piano Music'
Witness the pioneering pianist perform in his own musical language, 'Continuous Piano...
Photo portrait of the musician Masayoshi Fujita
7:30 pm
Sun 23 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 23 Sep 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Hear the Berlin-based composer and vibraphonist’s latest experimental sounds from his new album
Hear the Berlin-based composer and vibraphonist’s latest experimental sounds from his new album
 Yayoi Kusama Narcissus Garden, stainless sleet spheres
7:00 pm
Wed 26 Sep 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 26 Sep 2018
Art
Artists & Thinkers
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition
Meet the artists behind Space Shifters at a panel celebrating the opening of the exhibition

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung
7:45 pm
Fri 28 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 28 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the iconic jazz vocalist live in concert as she marks her seventh decade of performance
Catch the iconic jazz vocalist live in concert as she marks her seventh decade of performance
Sarathy Korwar with peacock feather over his eyes
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Sep 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical or electronics? Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural soundscape
Jazz, hip-hop, Indian classical or electronics? Immerse yourself in a cross-cultural soundscape
7:45 pm
Sun 30 Sep 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Ring in ten years of an innovative group with chamber favourites and a new piece by John Woolrich
Ring in ten years of an innovative group with chamber favourites and a new piece by John Woolrich
Yazz Ahmed, Bahraini-British musician
7:30 pm
Mon 01 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 01 Oct 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Contemporary jazz gets revamped and revitalised by the trumpet and flugelhorn star
Contemporary jazz gets revamped and revitalised by the trumpet and flugelhorn star
Ssing Ssing, South Korean band
7:45 pm
Tue 02 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 02 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Give in to glitter at a live performance from the glam-rocking Korean band
Give in to glitter at a live performance from the glam-rocking Korean band
Various times
4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Various times | 4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
Look again at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution
Emmy the Great, singer performing
7:00 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great shares the story of a life-changing trip to China
Ken Cheng, comedian
9:30 pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018
9:30 pm | Sat 06 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
Comedian Ken Cheng shares the story of his unusual upbringing in the UK
2:30 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
See calligraphy reimagined as hip-hop and contemporary dance in this piece about dissident artists
See calligraphy reimagined as hip-hop and contemporary dance in this piece about dissident artists
8:00 pm
Wed 10 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 10 Oct 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience the progressive new album from this rising star of post-classical music
Experience the progressive new album from this rising star of post-classical music

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7:45 pm
Sat 13 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 13 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Nash Ensemble presents masterworks of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Brahms and Dvořák
The Nash Ensemble presents masterworks of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Brahms and...
Alexander Ardakov piano
4:00 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
4:00 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday with immortal romantic masterpieces and Beethoven
Marking the Queen’s 92nd birthday with immortal romantic masterpieces and Beethoven
Swedish Mezzo Soprano Ida Ränzlőv
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
Hear an unusual blend of brass from A4 Brass Quartet plus emerging mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Oct 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The Mariani Piano Quartet join forces with pianist Huw Watkins and the Ducasse Trio
The Mariani Piano Quartet join forces with pianist Huw Watkins and the Ducasse Trio
Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer  - image credit Jacek Klodziejski
7:45 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Olga Tokarczuk launches her latest novel, an unconventional thriller with an eccentric sleuth
Slay in your Lane
7:00 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Terrance Hayes & Sarah Churchwell on American Dreams

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12:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this moment
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this...
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

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5:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his work
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his...
6:30 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
2:00 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
André Aciman: Enigma Variations
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
And the Air Sang: 20 Years of Foyle Young Poets
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Melvyn Bragg: A Life On Air
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
M A Bennett, author
12:00 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most exciting authors
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most...
Nikita Gill, author
1:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
1:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Juno Dawson, author
3:00 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Love in America with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
4:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
4:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
5:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Soraya Chemaly, author

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7:45 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Karl Sharro
3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
Join us for a panel discussion on the place and power of satire in troubled times
" Mohsin Hamid on Migration, Magic and Exit West"

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7:30 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Literature
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
From Ancient Greece onward, why have stories of migration captivated our imaginations?
Portrait of Sarah Gillespie
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Slow Moving Clouds, musical band
7:45 pm
Wed 31 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 31 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
U Rajesh, mMandolin player
7:45 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Classical music
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion

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