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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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
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
ArsLonga Piano Trio performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
classical music
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
A programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Smetana illuminates the rich diversity of the Romantic era
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
7:45 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
gigs
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Joy Lisney, musician
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Jun 2019
classical music
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Bach’s awe-inspiring Chaconne takes centre stage in a programme with Brahms and Chopin
Sanjay Guha, sitar player
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Uncover the ancient tradition of rare ragas at a performance by sitarist Sanjay Guha
Karol Samuelčík, classical guitarist
7:45 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with works from composers including Mertz and Piazzolla
Ino Moxo, snake projected on wall while a dancer performs
Various times
15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 Jun 2019 - 16 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Seek legendary shaman Ino Moxo at a visionary theatrical experience with Peru’s Grupo Integro
Nicholas Hlobo, artist
7:00 pm
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 19 Jun 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
The visual artist considers the themes of Kiss My Genders in relation to his artistic practice
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
Staging Sisterhood
2:30 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Theatre without borders: the women’s theatre project between London and Lebanon
Romesh Ranganathan, comedian
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Laughter unites us: an evening of new stand-up featuring comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Emilie Jacomet in The Upsidedown Man
7:45 pm
Sat 29 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 29 Jun 2019
performance & dance
dance
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
What is it like to live between two countries, two cultures and two traditions?
Young musician playing the saxophone
7:00 pm
Sun 30 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 30 Jun 2019
classical music
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live
The talented young musicians of the Royal College of Music Junior Department perform live

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