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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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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
Matt Forde, comedian
Various times
6 Oct 2019 - 22 May 2020
Various times | 6 Oct 2019 - 22 May 2020
comedy & cabaret
performance & dance
Broken pledges. Fake deadlines. And that’s just Britain’s leading political comedian
Broken pledges. Fake deadlines. And that’s just Britain’s leading political comedian
Travis Alabanza, performance artist
Various times
29 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019
Various times | 29 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Performance artist Travis Alabanza considers hurled words, thrown objects and dodged burgers
Performance artist Travis Alabanza considers hurled words, thrown objects and dodged burgers
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The Pappy Show
Various times
20 Jan 2020 - 21 Jan 2020
Various times | 20 Jan 2020 - 21 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A joyful, electric, occasionally raw but always tender dance that uncovers the many facets of maleness
A joyful, electric, occasionally raw but always tender dance that uncovers the many facets of...
Anima dance production
Various times
22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
Various times | 22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Breathe in. Now, breathe out. The dance-circus company’s latest show takes us on an intimate journey
Breathe in. Now, breathe out. The dance-circus company’s latest show takes us on an intimate...
Wes Peden on stage
Various times
24 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 24 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Master of technical innovation and manipulation, juggler Wes Peden presents his new solo show
Master of technical innovation and manipulation, juggler Wes Peden presents his new solo show
Drawing on a (Grand) Mother's Experience at WOW
Various times
Sun 08 Mar 2020
Various times | Sun 08 Mar 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Legendary artist Bobby Baker revives her sell-out feminist performance exploring motherhood
Legendary artist Bobby Baker revives her sell-out feminist performance exploring motherhood

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Andrea Belfi

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Andrea Belfi, musician
3 Nov
gigs
folk & world
Drums are at the centre of a deep, hypnotic listening experience with the composer and experimental musician
26 Oct
literature & poetry
Three board game champions come together to discuss being the first in their field to take on AI
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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.

download step-free access map

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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