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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7:00 pm
Sun 19 May 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 19 May 2019
classical music
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
Bhattacharya returns to London after her 2017 UK debut tour
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
Stick by Me at Southbank Centre
Various times
27 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
Various times | 27 May 2019 - 28 May 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Treasure the little things at a quirky show about friendship and play for ages 3 - 6
Treasure the little things at a quirky show about friendship and play for ages 3 - 6
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
Uncover the tale of how Britain joined the EU on a comedy adventure through the 1970s
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
Sold out
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
talks & debates
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Discover the transformative influence Stockhausen had on contemporary music in this study day
Stimmung performance on stage
10:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
10:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Hear the most maverick and experimental composition of its kind, performed by London Voices
Apartment House performing on stage
2:30 pm
Sun 02 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 02 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
Bypass the brain and experience the sound of pure intuition
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
The Boyd Duo, string duo
7:45 pm
Tue 04 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 04 Jun 2019
classical music
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms
The brothers play passionate piano and cello works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms

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