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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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Etgar Keret, writer
7:15 pm
Tue 03 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 03 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
Hear from renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret as he presents a new collection, Fly Already
Ann Liebeck with musicians
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Sep 2019
classical music
gigs
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
A seductive introduction to the sultriest music of the early 20th century
Ancient Roots New Leaves
7:45 pm
Sun 08 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 08 Sep 2019
classical music
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with young virtuosos
Preserving the ancient tradition of classical Persian music, Maestro Dariush Talai performs with...
Nathan Filer, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 09 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 09 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Hear from two award-winning writers as they challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care
Atom String Quartet
7:00 pm
Tue 10 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 10 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
An improvisatory string quartet opens up the hidden region between classical and jazz
An improvisatory string quartet opens up the hidden region between classical and jazz
Empirical quartet
7:00 pm
Wed 11 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 11 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out what happens when rehearsal meets jam with a jazz/classical collaboration
Find out what happens when rehearsal meets jam with a jazz/classical collaboration
String Ting at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Thu 12 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 12 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The strings are the thing as charismatic young trio StringTing perform jazz standards
The strings are the thing as charismatic young trio StringTing perform jazz standards
7:00 pm
Fri 13 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 13 Sep 2019
film screenings
tours & activities
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed when Damilola Taylor was killed
Black is Beautiful with Mata
4:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
The 20-year-old make-up artist shaking up the industry shares her tips, tricks and story
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
3:30 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
3:30 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
talks & debates
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
Yes, there are roles outside rap for black men in the music industry - our panel explores
Africa Utopia Member's Salon at the Royal Festival Hall
6:00 pm
Sun 15 Sep 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Sep 2019
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging stereotypes
Be educated, be motivated and be moved by the stories behind the campaign that is challenging...
Rox, singer-songwriter
7:00 pm
Sat 21 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 21 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Meet the music of Roxanne Tataei with a listening session, interview and live performance
Meet the music of Roxanne Tataei with a listening session, interview and live performance
Gustav Mahler, composer
7:15 pm
Sun 22 Sep 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 22 Sep 2019
classical music
A rare chance to hear Mahler’s poignant masterwork in an intimate version for chamber orchestra
A rare chance to hear Mahler’s poignant masterwork in an intimate version for chamber orchestra
Sabrina Mahfouz, poet
7:45 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join us for the launch of this anthology of working-class artists on art, life and making it happen
Join us for the launch of this anthology of working-class artists on art, life and making it happen
LCO soloists
3:00 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
3:00 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
contemporary classical
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Get a glimpse of how music is made at an open session with producer Rival Consoles and LCO
Ryan Lee West, known under the name Rival Consoles
7:45 pm
Tue 24 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 24 Sep 2019
gigs
electronic
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles and LCO in this performance
Tunday Akintan, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 25 Sep 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Looking for a rare Yoruful groove? Look no further than the saxophonist and his intoxicating rhythms
Out-Spoken: September at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Kick off Out-Spoken’s Southbank Centre residency with a night of superlative poetry and live music
Kick off Out-Spoken’s Southbank Centre residency with a night of superlative poetry and live music
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh + Thomas Bartlett
7:45 pm
Fri 27 Sep 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 27 Sep 2019
gigs
The fiddler and pianist from Irish folk supergroup The Gloaming perform music of exceptional beauty
The fiddler and pianist from Irish folk supergroup The Gloaming perform music of exceptional beauty
Julia Morneweg, cellist
7:45 pm
Tue 01 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 01 Oct 2019
classical music
Pianist Yulia Chaplina curates a programme of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Stravinsky
Pianist Yulia Chaplina curates a programme of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Stravinsky
Dillon, singer
7:45 pm
Wed 02 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 02 Oct 2019
gigs
rock & alternative
Eerie piano arrangements and electronic soundscapes from the singer-songwriter’s new EP
Eerie piano arrangements and electronic soundscapes from the singer-songwriter’s new EP
Jambinai, rock band
7:45 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
gigs
The Korean band perform their groundbreaking post-rock mix of folk, metal, jazz and traditional music
The Korean band perform their groundbreaking post-rock mix of folk, metal, jazz and traditional...
Jasdeep Singh Degun, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 04 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 04 Oct 2019
classical music
Rich, cinematic and emotionally charged Indian music from the award-winning sitarist
Rich, cinematic and emotionally charged Indian music from the award-winning sitarist
Reiko Fujisawa
7:45 pm
Sat 05 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 05 Oct 2019
classical music
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa illuminates the life and work of Clara Schumann through music and words
Pianist Reiko Fujisawa illuminates the life and work of Clara Schumann through music and words
Reckless Sleepers
Various times
11 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
Various times | 11 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
It's a love story. It's a slapstick comedy. It's slasher, action, melodrama - and not a word is spoken
It's a love story. It's a slapstick comedy. It's slasher, action, melodrama - and not...
7:45 pm
Wed 16 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 16 Oct 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Part philosophical monologue, part whimsical dance performance, wholly original
Part philosophical monologue, part whimsical dance performance, wholly original
Out-Spoken: October at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 17 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 17 Oct 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Ring in Poetry International festival with your monthly dose of stellar live music and poetry
Heaux Noire illustration
6:30 pm
Fri 18 Oct 2019
6:30 pm | Fri 18 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Listen up as womxn* of colour share their stories through poetry and music
Listen up as womxn* of colour share their stories through poetry and music
Raymond Antrobus

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1:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
Poets Raymond Antrobus, Ilya Kaminsky and Lisa Kelly share the stage to perform their latest works
Nineb Lamassau

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6:30 pm
Sat 19 Oct 2019
6:30 pm | Sat 19 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Be here for the launch of a groundbreaking anthology of poetry written in endangered languages
Be here for the launch of a groundbreaking anthology of poetry written in endangered languages
Patricia Smith, poet

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1:30 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Fire up disruptive poetry in this live reading and discussion with internationally renowned poets
Fire up disruptive poetry in this live reading and discussion with internationally renowned poets
Readings at Southbank Centre
5:00 pm
Sun 20 Oct 2019
5:00 pm | Sun 20 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
Get a fresh perspective on ourselves, others and the UK at a conversation between the two authors
Get a fresh perspective on ourselves, others and the UK at a conversation between the two authors
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
Louise Doughty, 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
Gérard Pesson, composer

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6:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Discover the music of French composer Gérard Pesson with the Philharmonia Orchestra
King Midas Sound

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8:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
8:00 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
Kamini Ramachandran

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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...
Ives Ensemble presents UK premières. Richard Rijnvos, composer
7:45 pm
Mon 28 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 28 Oct 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
Enter the glistening soundworld of UK-based composer Richard Rijnvos, with the cutting-edge ensemble
SB Circle, band
7:45 pm
Tue 29 Oct 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 29 Oct 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Playing the zither-like gayageum, Kyungso Park flows easily between traditional and contemporary music
Playing the zither-like gayageum, Kyungso Park flows easily between traditional and contemporary...
Deep∞Minimalism 2.0 illustration
4:00 pm
2 Nov 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | 2 Nov 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
The first day of a weekend dedicated to meditative listening and deep concentration
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
Sara Daneshpour, pianist
7:45 pm
Sun 10 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 10 Nov 2019
classical music
Hear the prize-winning pianist team up with Chineke! for her Southbank Centre debut
Hear the prize-winning pianist team up with Chineke! for her Southbank Centre debut
Lisa and Rachel of Bunny Productions
Various times
11 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019
Various times | 11 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there's a problem: they don’t have any ideas
Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there's a problem: they don’t have any ideas
Trevor Watts, jazz musician
7:45 pm
Fri 15 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 15 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz quartet
From the vanguard of British free improvisation, the avant-garde saxophonist presents his jazz...
7:45 pm
Sat 16 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 16 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK premiere
Improvised jazz meets Baroque in a work for ensemble based on Picasso’s Guernica, here in its UK...
Julia Hulsmann, jazz pianist and composer
2:30 pm
Sun 17 Nov 2019
2:30 pm | Sun 17 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Mark 50 years of seminal jazz label ECM at a performance by the German pianist and her trio
Black String, band
7:45 pm
Mon 18 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 18 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The masters of traditional Korean music and jazz create a musical language through intuition and idiom
The masters of traditional Korean music and jazz create a musical language through intuition and...
Lucia Cadotsch and band
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out how the Great American Songbook sounds with a retro-futurist twist from the Swiss jazz singer
Find out how the Great American Songbook sounds with a retro-futurist twist from the Swiss jazz...
Simon Fisher Turner, musician
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
gigs
electronic
Take an ambient sonic road trip with the alter ego of maverick composer and producer Pascal Gabriel
Take an ambient sonic road trip with the alter ego of maverick composer and producer Pascal Gabriel
Vocal Classics of the Black Avant Garde
7:45 pm
Thu 21 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 21 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Hear a dynamic repertoire based on seminal 1960s and 70s work, from vocal artist Elaine Mitchener
Hear a dynamic repertoire based on seminal 1960s and 70s work, from vocal artist Elaine Mitchener
Elliot Galvin, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Two members of the Mercury-nominated Dinosaur showcase their trios in a double bill of brilliant jazz
Two members of the Mercury-nominated Dinosaur showcase their trios in a double bill of brilliant...
Evelyn & The Yellow Birds, illustration
12:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Music soothes a homesick heart in an adventure that tells the story of jazz, from the Caribbean to London
Music soothes a homesick heart in an adventure that tells the story of jazz, from the Caribbean to...
 Jensen Sisters, musicians
7:45 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
jazz & blues
The West Canadian sisters demonstrate their rich, intuitive jazz sound in concert with a new big band
The West Canadian sisters demonstrate their rich, intuitive jazz sound in concert with a new big...
Rowland Sutherland, flautist
7:45 pm
Sun 24 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 24 Nov 2019
gigs
folk & world
‘Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by’ - the flautist's jazz interpretation of the 1969 folk album
‘Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by’ - the flautist's jazz interpretation of the...
Orchesetra with conductor
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
classical music
The dynamic period instrument orchestra Wond’rous Machine explores characterful Mozart symphonies
The dynamic period instrument orchestra Wond’rous Machine explores characterful Mozart symphonies

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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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