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Purcell Room

Purcell Room is an intimate, 295 seat venue for music and performance, screenings, poetry readings and a variety of talks and debates.

While providing a platform for the best new and emerging talent from a range of artforms, the world-renowned venue has also 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.

The auditorium is also home to Purcell Sessions – a series of gigs allowing artists the opportunity to work on new material or conceive collaborations live in front of an audience.

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment to improve facilities and acoustics.

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Samantha Irby, comedian
7:45 pm
Thu 28 May 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 28 May 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The US comedian, author and blogger appears in conversation in the UK for the very first time
The US comedian, author and blogger appears in conversation in the UK for the very first time
Tayari Jones, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 01 Jun 2020
7:15 pm | Mon 01 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family together
The author's latest novel is a breathtaking story about the delicate threads that bind a family...
 Ferran Adrià, chef
7:45 pm
Wed 03 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 03 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the world
Famous for his pioneering culinary techniques, the chef has been applauded and imitated around the...
Laura Bates, writer
7:45 pm
Thu 04 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 04 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project discusses her explosive new book
Peter O'Hagan, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 09 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 09 Jun 2020
classical music
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
A leading interpreter of contemporary classical plays Stockhausen, Boulez and Messiaen
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 10 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 10 Jun 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne Holloway-Smith
Settle in for an evening of live music and poetry, headlined by Fiona Benson and Wayne...
Young girl playing the violin
7:00 pm
Sun 28 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 28 Jun 2020
classical music
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
The Royal College of Music Junior Department presents outstanding young soloists and ensembles
Julian Jacobson, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Jun 2020
classical music
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
Chopin’s Romanticism meets Ligeti’s abstract modernism with pianist Julian Jacobson
Fournier Trio, string trio
7:45 pm
Tue 30 Jun 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 30 Jun 2020
classical music
Shostakovich, Smetana and Daniel Kidane piano trios are showcased by the formidable Fournier Trio
Shostakovich, Smetana and Daniel Kidane piano trios are showcased by the formidable Fournier Trio
Building of Trinity Laban Carne Trust
7:00 pm
Thu 02 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 02 Jul 2020
classical music
Hear small wonders as Trinity Laban Chamber Ensembles compete to win a new prize for chamber music
Hear small wonders as Trinity Laban Chamber Ensembles compete to win a new prize for chamber music

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tickets & concessions

Tickets to all of our events and exhibitions can be booked online, by telephone or in person. Find out all you need to know about tickets, including collection, concessions, group bookings and more via the link below.

tickets & concessions faqs

access

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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more about access & facilities

cloakroom

Our cloakroom opens around 60 minutes before the start of any show, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It’s at the bottom of the stairs next to the Ticket Desk.

toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

getting here

For more information on parking and getting here by road, rail or river, click on the link below.

getting here & parking

during your visit

We politely ask you help keep our foyers looking welcoming and presentable to everyone and to follow any requests from our Visitor Experience team. 

Our Concrete Cafe seating is for visitors who are purchasing food and beverages from the venue – nothing bought outside may be consumed in this area.

The cafe is a gadget and laptop free area. You are welcome to use your laptop, tablet, e-reader or other equivalent device in the rest of the foyer until 5pm. After this, our foyer is dedicated to fun and relaxatiom.

Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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