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    Josephine

    Wed 16 Feb, from 12.30pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Family & young people
    Adult £12, Child £9
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    Josephine performer looking through a frame

    With passion, wit and jazz, this play tells Josephine Baker’s story, from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.

    Josephine Baker. The little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon.

    Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the curb.

    But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure.

    Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for.

    Was it the menu? The decor? Or Jack and Marie, siblings and co-owners of the café, who have run her legacy into the ground? Either way, Josephine just can’t allow that.

    With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, spring-heeled Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined.

    Written by Leona Allen and Jesse Briton, directed by Jesse Briton and designed by Debbie Duru; with composer and musical director Nadine Lee, composer Simon Lee and movement director and choreographer Ingrid Mackinnon.

    The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse’s co-production of Holm Theatre’s Josephine.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 8+

    The performance at 12.30pm is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

    A Relaxed Performance is perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed audience experience. Relaxed Performances are adapted in a number of ways to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere, including adjusting light and sound effects, and having a relaxed attitude towards audience noise and movement in the auditorium, with the option to leave and re-enter.

    There is a visual story available for audience members who may benefit from preparing for the performance.
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    Dates & times

    Wed 16 Feb, 12.30pm & 3.30pm

    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entryAdult £12, Child £9
    • Concessions25%**


    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

    Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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    Venue

    Purcell Room

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    Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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    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.

    Cloakroom

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

    We're cash-free

    Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

    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.

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