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Rapunzel

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Accessible
Fri 17 Feb, 6pm; Sat 18 Feb 11am & 4pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From Adult £18, Child £13.50
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White women lies on the floor with red braids fanned around her head.
Neil Ferry

Packed full of drama, acrobatic dancing on high apparatus, sinister insect-like baddies and a witch with whips…a typical story of good overcoming evil and true love saving the day.

Mini Travellers

Tumble into a tale full of fight, passion and longing with Carol Ann Duffy’s family-friendly dance-theatre retelling of Rapunzel, presented by balletLORENT.

This take on the fairy tale brings together a collection of world-class collaborators: former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy; composer Murray Gold, of Doctor Who, Gentleman Jack and It’s A Sin; and Michele Clapton, an award-winning costume designer who’s worked on Game of Thrones, The Crown and Mamma Mia.

The production is narrated by actor Lesley Sharp of The Full Monty.

Rapunzel is choreographed and directed by Liv Lorent MBE, and the score is by Royal Northern Sinfonia.

With a large cast of dancers and children, this sensational story creates an unforgettable show for family audiences that is relatable in its emotions and fantastical in its design.

Carol Ann Duffy’s glorious Rapunzel is told from the imagination of her parents, whose baby girl was taken by the witch.

The witch has tamed wild creatures to keep her garden safe from intruders, until one day the Wife’s craving for the Rampion tempts the Husband to steal it...

Our Rapunzel is a fighter who rescues herself from the imprisonment of the tower, and saves her Prince as much as he saves her.

This energetic production has so much to offer the whole family. A perfectly playful introduction to ballet; expect football-inspired dance moves, giant balloons and a scooter-riding prince!

North East Family Fun

This production is dance theatre for children, young people and their parents – relatable, gorgeous and a good night out!

British Theatre Guide

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 5 – 11

There is a visual story available for audience members who may benefit from preparing for the performance.
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Imagine Children’s Festival is a Relaxed festival. All 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.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email. Find out more about our Access Scheme
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Includes scenes of mild peril. Latex balloons are used as props on stage, haze is used and there are some loud noises during this performance.

Dates & times

17th February 6pm, 18th February 11am and 4pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 40 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 entryFrom Adult £18, Child £13.50*
  • 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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Queen Elizabeth Hall

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

We're cash-free

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

For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

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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