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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Photo of a performance from That Night Follows Day at Southbank Centre
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and excuses
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and...
Maureen Lipman, actress, columnist, and comedian
Various times
17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Musicians with double base, clarinet and harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
A woman with a harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
musicians with woodwind instruments

Free

Free

6:45 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
6:45 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Du Yun, composer
1:30 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Du Yun curates contemporary work from two of the ancient capitals of music
Du Yun curates contemporary work from two of the ancient capitals of music

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their generation, Dai Fujikura and Andrew Norman.
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their...
A scene from BACKUP, two women with polar bears
Various times
21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Various times | 21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical theatre
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical...
Thom Monckton, entertainer
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Two performers on stage as part of Lao Can Impression at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
New World Sounds: Music from the Americas, a view of exotic trees
7:45 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Yulia Chaplina, pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Mieczysław Weinberg, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Leïla Slimani, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
Marius Neset
8:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
8:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Young'uns, folk trio performing on stage
Various times
Sat 09 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Photo portrait of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, whose work is performed at Southbank Centre
7:15 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Qasim Naqvi, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO
Alexander Gadjiev, pianist
7:45 pm
Wed 13 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 13 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
A piano recital pairing Bartók’s percussive Out of Doors with Prokofiev’s turbulent Sixth Sonata
A piano recital pairing Bartók’s percussive Out of Doors with Prokofiev’s turbulent Sixth...
The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
7:00 pm
Thu 14 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 14 Feb 2019
Art
Talks & Topics
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
Hear from a panel chaired by arts writer Liz Jobey on the rarely seen early work of Diane Arbus
The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Child in audience
1:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
Jeremy Strong, writer
1:00 pm
Tue 19 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's story
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's...
Under embargo until 13:45 7th June...Pictured at Hull City Hall is the presentation of the new Tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate. Shown is Lauren Child, the new laureate and the medal she has been awarded. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging
1:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
Photo of beatboxer Shlomo in action. He brings his Beatbox Adventure for Kids to Southbank Centre's Imagine festival in 2019
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
A boy playing a piano
Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Max Porter, author
7:30 pm
Thu 28 Feb 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
A world-exclusive reading of the author's follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Jean-Michel Blais , composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
Get intimate with the expansive interior soundscapes of pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Mar 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
Experience a musical odyssey, from Cossack Russia through to Django Reinhardt's 1930s Paris
Our Girl, music trio
7:45 pm
Wed 06 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 06 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
From stark tenderness to pulverising noise, see the up-and-coming Brighton trio perform live
Jo Brand, comedian
8:00 pm
Fri 08 Mar 2019
8:00 pm | Fri 08 Mar 2019
Literature
Writers
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Join writer and comedian Jo Brand as she discusses her darkly funny guide to life as a woman
Unavailable
New Daughters of Africa
6:00 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Literature
Talks & Topics
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
WOW launches Margaret Busby’s major new global anthology of writing by women of African descent
Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party
8:30 pm
Sat 09 Mar 2019
8:30 pm | Sat 09 Mar 2019
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Hear Women’s Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer address soundbite culture in a messy world
Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown
7:45 pm
Mon 11 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 11 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
The dynamic Jacobson-Brown duo present an eclectic programme for piano duet and two pianos
Valeria Luiselli, author
7:30 pm
Tue 19 Mar 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 19 Mar 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Lose yourself in the powerful new novel by the award-winning author of The Story of My Teeth
Lose yourself in the powerful new novel by the award-winning author of The Story of My Teeth
Phildel, pianist and songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 20 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 20 Mar 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
The singer-songwriter performs haunting electronica and neo-classical tunes from her new album
Bedouine , Armenian singer -songwriter Azniv Korkejian
7:45 pm
Fri 22 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 22 Mar 2019
Gigs
Folk & World
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Bedouine brings her mesmerising voice and magical SoCal canyon folk sound to Southbank Centre
Lewis Banks, saxophonist
7:45 pm
Mon 25 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 25 Mar 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
From a Romantic sonata to a world premiere, hear an eclectic programme pairing saxophone and bassoon
7:45 pm
Fri 29 Mar 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 29 Mar 2019
Gigs
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
From East London to Hollywood: a pianist and composer makes a debut that speaks to his rapid rise
7:00 pm
Sun 31 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 31 Mar 2019
Classical music
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Enter a meditative world of microbending notes with this rudra veena contemporary musician
Kelly Moran, composer and pianist
7:45 pm
Fri 05 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 05 Apr 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Sail with the experimental composer and pianist into uncharted musical waters
Amatis Piano Trio..Photo: Marco Borggreve
7:45 pm
Mon 15 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 15 Apr 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
The award-winning trio return after international success
The award-winning trio return after international success
Matthew Bourne, jazz musician
7:45 pm
Sun 28 Apr 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Witness two of Britain’s most adventurous jazz pianists play together for the first time
Steve Williamson, saxophonist and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 01 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 01 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Catch the legendary saxophonist as he performs with his trio and young jazz talents StringTing
Photo showing a member of Sweet Little Mystery kneeling on the floor with her dress spread out around her
7:45 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Feel the emotional power of Sarah Jane Morris’ magnificent soul voice interpreting John Martyn
Michelle Gurevich, singer-songwriter
7:45 pm
Wed 15 May 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 15 May 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Chanson with an edge: hear dark, intimate ballads from the singer-songwriter with Russian roots
Michael Price, composer and producer
7:45 pm
Sat 18 May 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 18 May 2019
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
Hear freshly created music in a performance by composer Michael Price and LCO
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
Kieran Hodgson, comedian
8:00 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
8:00 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
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
12:00 pm
Sat 01 Jun 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 01 Jun 2019
Classical music
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
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
Luka Okros at the piano
7:45 pm
Tue 16 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 16 Jul 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hear lyrical Romantic works played by the London-based Georgian pianist
Hatis Noit, musician
7:45 pm
Fri 06 Dec 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 06 Dec 2019
Gigs
Rock & Pop
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance
Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance

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