Exhibition

Concrete Dreams

10 Apr 2018 – 29 Apr 2018

Step into a world of care, craftsmanship and bravery, illuminating the original hopes for Southbank Centre’s 1960s buildings and the legacy that thrives today.

Concrete Dreams celebrates the reopening of our cutting-edge brutalist buildings with an exclusive glimpse into the world of the performer.

Join a free backstage tour to discover the rich history and behind-the-scenes secrets of the venues through installations, audio-visual content and previously unseen archives.

Entering through Queen Elizabeth Hall Artists’ Entrance, audiences follow in the footsteps of legendary artists who performed on these stages at the start of their careers in the swinging 60s, with a soundscape roll call from Pink Floyd to Cleo Laine and Daniel Barenboim.

After collecting stage passes, visitors are given rare backstage access, travelling through the working Scene Dock, visiting the Artists’ Lounge, experiencing pre-concert jitters in the dressing rooms and ending on a surprise finale.

Concrete Dreams Exhibition is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and designed by innovative theatre company Klanghaus and design practice LYN Atelier.

This building does not use the orthodox architectural vocabulary consisting of walls, roofs, windows and so on, but is an articulated piece of sculpture in which roofs and walls are not separate units but cast as one
Architects Journal, 1967/68
Concrete tubes, jutting balconies, terraces and linking walkways - all linking up like a cubist painting by Braque
Concrete Quarterly, 1968

Tickets

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Please note; in addition to those available to buy online, a small number of tickets for each time slot are held back each day for on-the-day sales from Queen Elizabeth Hall ticket office.

Age recommendation

For ages 10+. Not suitable for toddlers and babes in arms.

Access tours

British Sign Language-interpreted (BSL) tours are available for this exhibition. Sign up to our Access Scheme to find out more.

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The exhibition runs to a timed tour schedule. Please arrive at the meeting point, next to Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office, at least 10 minutes before your exhibition tour is due to begin. Anyone arriving after this time cannot be guaranteed entry to the exhibition.

Tours last approximately 70 minutes. Audiences are asked not to exit the immersive exhibition while the guided tour is taking place, due to the timed tour schedule and the experience of the rest of the group. Re-admittance is not possible.

Tours take place at the following times each day during the run; 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm, with the exception of Sunday 29 April when there are just three tours at 11am, 12noon and 1pm.

Please note that stiletto heels are not suitable for this tour.

Ticketing

A maximum of 20 spaces are available in each time slot. If a tour appears sold out on the website, please note that a small number of tickets for each time slot are held back each day for on-the-day sales, and are available in person from Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office.

We are experiencing high demand for the exhibition, particularly during evenings and weekends. If you can no longer attend your booked time slot, please contact the Ticket Office as soon as possible so that your tickets can be released.

Age recommendation

For ages 10+. Not suitable for toddlers and babes in arms.

Access information

The exhibition tour is wheelchair accessible. We are also offering British Sign Language-interpreted (BSL) tours. Sign up to our Access Scheme to find out more.

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