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The House with Chicken Legs

PAST EVENT
Accessible
13 –⁠ 30 Dec, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £20
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The cast of The House with Chicken Legs gathered against a nebulous backdrop
★★★★

‘packed with fun, exuberant musical numbers’

The Guardian

Do your best to catch this story of a house that won’t stand still, and a young girl trying to find her feet – in a show featuring puppets, projection and live music.

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where she can stay somewhere long enough to make friends. But there’s one problem – her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.

Based on Sophie Anderson’s much-loved novel, the story follows Marinka, a young girl trying to find her feet when her home is quite literally pulled from under her.

The show is funny, thought-provoking and full of life as it deftly navigates the complexities of loss from a whole new perspective.

Co-produced by theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and HOME Manchester, and presented in association with Les Enfants Terribles.

★★★★

‘magically inventive and involving’

The Stage
★★★★★

‘a show that has legs and deserves to run’

The Reviews Hub

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 9+

Relaxed Performance*: Sat 16 Dec, 2.30pm & Wed 27 Dec, 7pm.
Pre-show Touch Tour** and Audio Description available: Thu 21 Dec, 2.30pm.
British Sign Language interpreted (BSL): Thu 28 Dec, 7pm. BSL interpretation provided by Max Marchewicz (subject to change).

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

*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 these performances.

**To attend the Touch Tour, please arrive at the Ticket Office, Queen Elizabeth Hall, at 1.30pm. Touch Tours give people the opportunity to touch the sets, props and costumes to familiarise themselves ahead of the performance, and may be particularly good for blind and partially-sighted visitors. For further information, please email [email protected]

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email. Find out more about our Access Scheme
All our Access & facilities information

Post-concert talks: hear from the creative team behind the production after the following 7pm performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall: Wed 13, Fri 22 & Thu 28 Dec.

The performances on Wed 13 Dec at 7pm, Thu 14 Dec at 1pm and Tue 19 Dec at 7pm are designated schools performances. For school bookings for any performance up until 22 December, student tickets are £10, plus one free teacher ticket for every ten students. £10 tickets are also on offer to children and parents who homeschool. For fee-paying schools, the discounted ticket price is £13. All bookings must be made by phone or email. The discounted rate only applies to schools. To book tickets for school groups, email [email protected] or call us on 020 3879 9555.

Haze, smoke effects and flashing lights are used in this performance.

The story contains themes of loss.

Dates & times

13 –⁠ 30 Dec, 1pm, 2.30pm & 7pm

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £20*
  • 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. If your plans change, you're welcome to exchange your tickets for another performance within the run of The House with Chicken Legs. If you have purchased tickets through one of the authorised ticket agents, please refer to your original point of purchase. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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Venue

Queen Elizabeth Hall

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The Queen Elizabeth Hall is open daily from 10am.

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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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Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.

If you don't receive your e-ticket

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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More information

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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