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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Terrance Hayes & Sarah Churchwell on American Dreams

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12:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this moment
Examine the first 200 days of Trump's presidency and how America's history led to this...
Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

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5:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his work
See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between three writers who have interpreted his...
6:30 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
6:30 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
The writer, musician and singer tells the story of her life through narrative, music, song and dance
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The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
2:00 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
André Aciman: Enigma Variations
7:30 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
Uncover the intrigues of the heart at a reading of the new novel by author André Aciman
And the Air Sang: 20 Years of Foyle Young Poets
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Melvyn Bragg: A Life On Air
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
In his time: The broadcaster reflects on the enduring appeal of In Our Time
M A Bennett, author
11:45 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:45 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most exciting authors
Look for the answers in literature at a talk from three of the young adult fiction world’s most...
Nikita Gill, author
1:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
1:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Imagine a world where princes and princesses can be free at a talk on retelling folk and fairy tales
Juno Dawson, author
3:00 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Get under the skin of believable and flawed characters and reflect on how far YA fiction can go
Love in America with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
4:15 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
4:15 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Uncover the reality of living and loving in America today from the collaborative authors
Anita Barton Williams, writer
5:30 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
5:30 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Poets Anita Barton-Williams and Eleanor Penny share their work in the finale to Young Adult Lit Day
Soraya Chemaly, author

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7:45 pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Get angry at a discussion on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny
Portrait of Sarah Gillespie
7:45 pm
Mon 29 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 29 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Learn why they call it the blues with the singer’s incisive lyrics and jazz-tinged tunes
Iglooghost
7:45 pm
Tue 30 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 30 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs
The world according to Iglooghost: the electronic producer continues his story with two new EPs
Slow Moving Clouds, musical band
7:45 pm
Wed 31 Oct 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 31 Oct 2018
Gigs
Electronic
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
On their debut album, this atmospheric band combine Irish and Nordic folk influences
Richard Wilson, 20:50, Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery, 2018. Photo: Mark Blower
7:00 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Hear artists from our Space Shifters exhibition discuss how contemporary art relates to architecture
Hear artists from our Space Shifters exhibition discuss how contemporary art relates to architecture
U Rajesh, mMandolin player
7:45 pm
Fri 02 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 02 Nov 2018
Classical music
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion
Hear the master of Carnatic mandolin accompanied by special guests on percussion
Ahn Sook-Sun, pansori singer
6:00 pm
Sat 03 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Sat 03 Nov 2018
Gigs
Talks & Topics
Uncover the power of pansori, Korea's narrative song tradition, through a legend of the genre
Uncover the power of pansori, Korea's narrative song tradition, through a legend of the genre
English Schools' Orchestra Gala Orchestra, young musicians playing
3:00 pm
Sun 04 Nov 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 04 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear young stars of the scene play classical music favourites in a chamber concert
Hear young stars of the scene play classical music favourites in a chamber concert
8:00 pm
Tue 06 Nov 2018
8:00 pm | Tue 06 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Hear the acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter perform his latest album
Hear the acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter perform his latest album
Various times
8 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Various times | 8 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
This is a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public
This is a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public
Various times
1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Various times | 1 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
Join us on a tour exploring decades of architectural innovation at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Wed 14 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 14 Nov 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
This performance uses dance to imagine a future where bodies have no purpose
This performance uses dance to imagine a future where bodies have no purpose

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio
Es Devlin, stage designer
7:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
Artist-designer Es Devlin OBE responds to Space Shifters
7:45 pm
Fri 16 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 16 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
Instantly recognisable, the music of Empirical returns to the EGF London Jazz Festival
11:00 am
Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00 am | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Travel from the Caribbean to the UK in an interactive musical adventure for children
Judi Jackson, singer/songwriter
7:45 pm
Sat 17 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 17 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
Catch a glimpse of emerging jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Judi Jackson
 Australian Art Orchestra performance
7:45 pm
Sun 18 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Those who came back: Music inspired by survivors of World War One, 100 years on from Armistice Day
Near East Quartet + Kyungso Park
7:45 pm
Mon 19 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 19 Nov 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
Traditional Korean instruments and rhythms meet jazz sensibilities and Western grooves
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7:45 pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Tue 20 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker and his ensemble take cues from Debussy in a new show
Remo Anzovino, Italian musician and composer
7:45 pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Wed 21 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Be there for the first-ever British concert of Italian composer and pianist Remo Anzovino
Be there for the first-ever British concert of Italian composer and pianist Remo Anzovino
Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra
7:45 pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Thu 22 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Wish happy birthday to a musical powerhouse who’s played on through five decades of jazz
Wish happy birthday to a musical powerhouse who’s played on through five decades of jazz
Camilla George
7:45 pm
Fri 23 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 23 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
On the up and up: see two of of the British jazz scene’s rising stars perform live
On the up and up: see two of of the British jazz scene’s rising stars perform live
Sarah Jane Morris, singer
7:45 pm
Sat 24 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 24 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the powerful and passionate singer interpret revered folk-jazz songwriter John Martyn
Hear the powerful and passionate singer interpret revered folk-jazz songwriter John Martyn
Nella Rojas, Venezuelan singer
7:45 pm
Sun 25 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 25 Nov 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Hear the soulful, plaintive voice of the Venezuelan singer at her first London concert
Hear the soulful, plaintive voice of the Venezuelan singer at her first London concert
7:45 pm
Mon 26 Nov 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 26 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Trio Sōra play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
Trio Sōra play piano trios by Beethoven and Schubert
Federico Albanese, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 02 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 02 Dec 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Be swept away on waves of meditative sound by the Italian composer’s third album, By The Deep Sea
Be swept away on waves of meditative sound by the Italian composer’s third album, By The Deep Sea
Clara Rodriguez
7:45 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Love, longing and friendship in an evening of classical music and literary readings
Love, longing and friendship in an evening of classical music and literary readings
7:30 pm
Thu 06 Dec 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 06 Dec 2018
Jazz & Blues
Gigs
The worlds of jazz and classical Indian music collide in a new musical venture
The worlds of jazz and classical Indian music collide in a new musical venture
Sapiens, three busts
7:45 pm
Fri 07 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 07 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Follow the links between musical composition and literature - and how each can inspire the other
Follow the links between musical composition and literature - and how each can inspire the other
7:45 pm
Sat 08 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 08 Dec 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Get in the festive spirit with a selection box of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Get in the festive spirit with a selection box of seasonal classics from the jazz-singing duo
Loscil, electonic/ambient musician
7:45 pm
Sun 09 Dec 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 09 Dec 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Float through the bleak beauty of Vancouver with experimental ambient music from Loscil
Float through the bleak beauty of Vancouver with experimental ambient music from Loscil
Various times
11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Various times | 11 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
A chorus of children explore the ways the adult world defines theirs in this performance
A chorus of children explore the ways the adult world defines theirs in this performance
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
Read her lips: an evening of rave, rollick and rant from the national treasure
Read her lips: an evening of rave, rollick and rant from the national treasure

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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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