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Purcell Room

The Purcell Room in Queen Elizabeth Hall 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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Fatima Bhutto, writer

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7:15 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Mass culture from the East is taking on Hollywood and finding a truly global audience
Mass culture from the East is taking on Hollywood and finding a truly global audience
Baby Yaga, part of London Literature Festival
Various times
22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
Various times | 22 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
performance & dance
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on
A new take on an old Russian folktale, guaranteed to give you lots to chew on
Elif Shafak, writer

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7:45 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Journey into the minds of the dead with the renowned authors’ latest narratives
Journey into the minds of the dead with the renowned authors’ latest narratives
King Midas Sound

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9:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
9:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
gigs
electronic
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth album
Lean into the sound of loss with a live performance of the group’s ‘deep and dark’ fourth...
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, scientist
2:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
2:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Get set for the cosmic trip of a lifetime on this interactive tour
Get set for the cosmic trip of a lifetime on this interactive tour
Illustration of Glorious, Monstrous, Hantu Tales from Singapore

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8:00 pm
Fri 25 Oct 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 25 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Live performance meets film and haunting writing in this event showcasing Singaporean writing
Live performance meets film and haunting writing in this event showcasing Singaporean writing
Muhammad Khan, author
11:30 am
Sat 26 Oct 2019
11:30 am | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Gear up for all things YA with some of the genre’s most exciting fiction authors
Gear up for all things YA with some of the genre’s most exciting fiction authors
Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan

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7:15 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
7:15 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Three board game champions come together to discuss being the first in their field to take on AI
Three board game champions come together to discuss being the first in their field to take on AI
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

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12:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
What is it about tales of monsters, witches, green children and talking animals that speak to the present?
What is it about tales of monsters, witches, green children and talking animals that speak to the...
Mariam Khan, editor and activist
7:00 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from writers, poets and activists as they discuss the contemporary Muslim female experience
Hear from writers, poets and activists as they discuss the contemporary Muslim female experience

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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.

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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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