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Purcell Room

Purcell Room is an intimate, 295 seat venue for music and performance, screenings, poetry readings and a variety of talks and debates.

While providing a platform for the best new and emerging talent from a range of artforms, the world-renowned venue has also 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.

The auditorium is also home to Purcell Sessions – a series of gigs allowing artists the opportunity to work on new material or conceive collaborations live in front of an audience.

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment to improve facilities and acoustics.

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A man looking at puppet horse in Black Beauty production
Various times
14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
relaxed performances
british sign language
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
Interior view of Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium
Various times
18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
Various times | 18 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
tours & activities
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Decades of architectural innovation are revealed on a tour of Southbank Centre
Bridget Riley, Rajasthan, 2012
1:00 pm
Sat 18 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 18 Jan 2020
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Take part in a stimulating half-day event devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley
Take part in a stimulating half-day event devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget...
Noriko Kawai, pianist

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7:45 pm
Sun 19 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
Hear a revelatory work for piano by James Dillon, performed in London for the first time in 15 years
The Pappy Show
Various times
20 Jan 2020 - 21 Jan 2020
Various times | 20 Jan 2020 - 21 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
A joyful, electric, occasionally raw but always tender dance that uncovers the many facets of maleness
A joyful, electric, occasionally raw but always tender dance that uncovers the many facets of...
Anima dance production
Various times
22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
Various times | 22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Breathe in. Now, breathe out. The dance-circus company’s latest show takes us on an intimate journey
Breathe in. Now, breathe out. The dance-circus company’s latest show takes us on an intimate...
Wes Peden on stage
Various times
24 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
Various times | 24 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Master of technical innovation and manipulation, juggler Wes Peden presents his new solo show
Master of technical innovation and manipulation, juggler Wes Peden presents his new solo show
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 27 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 27 Jan 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Witness seven outstanding young artists competing for Trinity Laban's 2020 Gold Medal
Luka Okros, pianist
7:45 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best
Effervescent, sublime, impassioned: Russian chamber music at its best
Between the Stones at Southbank Centre
Various times
29 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
Various times | 29 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
An English version of Japanese classical theatre examines grief and the healing power of gardens
An English version of Japanese classical theatre examines grief and the healing power of gardens

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14 Dec - 5 Jan
relaxed performances
british sign language
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
13 Feb
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Fierce, honest, laced with desire and punctuated with black humour: it's the writer's third novel
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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.

tickets & concessions faqs

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.

download step-free access map

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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