Purcell's Playhouse & The Alehouse Sessions: Double Bill

Fri 23 Sep 2022, from 9pm
across the site
Classical music
From £25
past event
past event
Barokksolistene, Norwegian musical group
Theresa Pewal

Violinist Bjarte Eike and his Barokksolistene ensemble, AKA the Alehouse Boys, lead us from the bar to the back room of a tavern in an immersive two-part show.

Inspired by historical events, but with recent restrictions and lockdowns firmly in mind, the Boys invite you to experience a riotous 17th-century show – probably with a drink still in hand.

Part one, Purcell’s Playhouse, imagines the backroom of a bar where a makeshift theatre has sprung up to mark the end of Cromwell’s reign – and his puritanical ban on playhouses.

A new flowering of theatre music takes place, where masques and dumbshows rub alongside Shakespeare and commedia dell’arte in beautiful union.

Part two is The Alehouse Sessions, where the action moves to the ‘tavern’ (a role played this evening by the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer).

The incredible Barokksolistene musicians perform music by Purcell and Playford, mixed with sea shanties and folk songs – entirely from memory.

The Alehouse Sessions has been a sell-out hit across Europe and the US. Now you can experience it yourself in this double bill.

  • Barokksolistene
  • Bjarte Eike director, violin
  • Mary Bevan soprano

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 16+. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Purchasing a ticket to this event gives you access to both Purcell’s Playhouse at 9pm and The Alehouse Sessions at 10.30pm.

You can also buy a ticket to just the later performance, The Alehouse Sessions at 10.30pm.
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Dates & times

Fri 23 Sep 2022, from 9pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entryFrom £25*
  • Concessions25%**

* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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