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Royal Festival Hall

Find out what's on at Royal Festival Hall, London's leading classical music venue located on the banks of the River Thames at heart of Southbank Centre, plus all the best places to eat, drink and shop while you're here.

Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Grade I listed Hall is also one of the world’s leading performance venues. The auditorium has a fixed raked seating capacity of 2500.

As well as the auditorium, there is The Clore Ballroom, The Poetry Library, Spirit Level, (including Blue, White and Yellow Rooms) Southbank Centre Shop, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Central Bar and Skylon restaurant.

Seating plan

The different seating areas of the auditorium are on the following levels of Royal Festival Hall:

  • Front stalls – levels 3 & 4
  • Side stalls – level 4
  • Rear stalls – levels 4 & 5
  • Boxes – levels 5 & 6
  • Balcony – level 6

All auditorium entry doors can be accessed by lift or stairs. The JCB Glass Lift and Lift 1 provide flat access to all levels of the auditorium.

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Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 3879 9555

8:00 pm
Wed 07 Mar 2018
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Mar 2018
Theatre
Dance & Performance
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson performs the courageous story of Joan of Arc
Various times
8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Various times | 8 Mar 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
Physical Theatre & Mime
Theatre
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche
A heart-wrenching and humorous theatrical piece journeying into the female psyche

Free

Free

9:30 pm
Fri 09 Mar 2018
9:30 pm | Fri 09 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Cabaret
Watch a line-up of women perform pieces on gender, the body and disability
Watch a line-up of women perform pieces on gender, the body and disability
Various times
10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Various times | 10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Theatre
A one-woman show about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret
A one-woman show about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 10 Mar 2018
Various times | Sat 10 Mar 2018
Watch a demonstration of rising fencing stars and have a go yourself
Watch a demonstration of rising fencing stars and have a go yourself
3:00 pm
Sun 11 Mar 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 11 Mar 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
Come and laugh with diverse female comedians from across the UK
Come and laugh with diverse female comedians from across the UK
7:30 pm
Mon 16 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 16 Apr 2018
Comedy
Marc Maron performs honest and thought-provoking comedy in his new show
Marc Maron performs honest and thought-provoking comedy in his new show
Stewart Lee
Various times
19 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018
Various times | 19 Apr 2018 - 23 Apr 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
Catch the hilarious Stewart Lee in his final comedy live show before he takes an extended break
Catch the hilarious Stewart Lee in his final comedy live show before he takes an extended break
8:00 pm
Mon 14 May 2018
8:00 pm | Mon 14 May 2018
Comedy
The smash hit podcast returns to Royal Festival Hall for a raucous evening of laughter
The smash hit podcast returns to Royal Festival Hall for a raucous evening of laughter
2:30 pm
Sat 09 Jun 2018
2:30 pm | Sat 09 Jun 2018
Dance & Performance
Classical Dance
Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen bring sassy tunes and sparkling costumes to Royal Festival Hall
Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen bring sassy tunes and sparkling costumes to Royal Festival Hall

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Sandi Toksvig

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Sandi Toksvig presents Mirth Control
11 Mar
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A raucous night of comedy and music from great women hosted by Sandi Toksvig
9 Mar
Talks & Topics
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Meet women on the front line of global movements: Black Lives Matter, Everyday Sexism and Women's March London
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Food & drink

There are bars on Levels 2, 4 and 5 of the building open to the public. The Members Bar, located on Level 6 with panoramic views over the river, is open to Southbank Centre Members. If you fancy some alfresco dining, the Riverside Cafe is located on Level 2.

Royal Festival Hall has the acclaimed Skylon restaurant with contemporary food, original cocktails and stunning views over the river.

There 's something for all tastes, occasions and ages.

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