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Patrice Lawrence: Jane Eyre for Young Readers

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Thu 4 Apr, 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From £10
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An illustration of Jane Eyre, a man on a horse and a black dog
Illustrations © 2024 Hannah Peck

Join master storyteller Patrice Lawrence as she brings Charlotte Brontë’s beloved classic to life for younger readers with her skilfully abridged tale.

As a young orphan, Jane Eyre grows up with her aunt and cousins who are deeply unkind and make her life a misery. When they send her away to a boarding school for orphans and unwanted children, it seems she will never be allowed to forget her difficult start to life.

However, Jane has a quiet inner strength and when she takes on the role of governess at Thornfield Hall, she quickly gains both the affection and respect not only of her young pupil, but also the child's guardian, the fierce and brooding Mr Rochester. Perhaps Jane has finally found the love and friendship she has always longed for.

But Mr Rochester has a secret. A secret that will rock Thornfield Hall to its very foundations.

For fans of the original and first-time readers, don’t miss this chance to discover more about this timeless story of belonging, freedom and self-discovery.

Patrice Lawrence grew up in Sussex, with a mother who loved historical fiction. She writes books for children and young people of all ages, from picture books to teen thrillers, and was awarded an MBE for Literature in 2021.

Lawrence has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Little Rebels Award and many regional awards, and has won the Bookseller YA Prize, the Waterstones Prize for Older Children and the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Children and Young People among others.

She is passionate about social justice and is an ambassador for the creative writing charity First Story.

Patrice Lawrence in a bright green dress
Patrice Lawrence

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 9+

This event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

Relaxed Performances have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space, and you are free to enter and exit during the performances. A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for the event.

The event is BSL interpreted. To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email [email protected] or call us on 020 3879 9555.

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Every adult and child needs a ticket, except for babes in arms aged under 18 months at the time of the performance who don’t need their own seat.

Dates & times

Thu 4 Apr, 2.30pm
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.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom Adults £10, Children £10*
  • Concessions25%**


* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

Book as early as you can to ensure the best choice of tickets. Ticket prices may be adjusted without notice to reflect demand.

** 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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Open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

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Your e-ticket will be sent to you seven days before the event date from [email protected]. If you don't receive your e-ticket, and it's not in your junk or spam folder, please get in touch. 

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Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns, credit vouchers and more, via the link below.

Frequently asked questions

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 phone outside the Changing Places toilet will connect you with a member of staff, who can provide you with the key. 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.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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