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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10:30 am
Sat 07 Jul 2018
10:30 am | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
The Man Booker Prize winner delivers a keynote lecture on the necessity of the novel
The Man Booker Prize winner delivers a keynote lecture on the necessity of the novel
Hilary Mantel headshot

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Highly acclaimed author Hilary Mantel discusses her chart-topping novel Bring Up the Bodies
Highly acclaimed author Hilary Mantel discusses her chart-topping novel Bring Up the Bodies
Man Booker 50 headshots

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4:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
4:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Listen in as two renowned writers discuss family dynamics, memory and desire in literature
Listen in as two renowned writers discuss family dynamics, memory and desire in literature
Man Booker 50 headshots

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6:00 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
6:00 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Hear from the prize-winning author on the relationship between humour and suffering
Hear from the prize-winning author on the relationship between humour and suffering
Man Booker 50 headshots

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7:30 pm
Sat 07 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 07 Jul 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita Desai
See Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita...
Man Booker 50 headshots

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11:30 am
Sun 08 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction
Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction
Kamila_Shamsie headshot

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2:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
2:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity
Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity
Man Booker 50 headshots

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5:30 pm
Sun 08 Jul 2018
5:30 pm | Sun 08 Jul 2018
Literature
Writers
Explore the future of the novel in this literary debate
Explore the future of the novel in this literary debate
Various times
5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Various times | 5 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Examine difference, disability and what it means to be human in a multimedia theatrical performance
Examine difference, disability and what it means to be human in a multimedia theatrical performance
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

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