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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Olga Tokarczuk at the Man Booker podium
7:45 pm
Mon 20 May 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 20 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
Join this year’s shortlisted authors and translators for an evening of readings and conversation
7:15 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:15 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
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Karen Armstrong, author
7:15 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Headshot of Ocean Vuong, American poet
7:15 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary America
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary...
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan

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