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The SpongeBob Musical

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26 July –⁠ 27 August
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
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A boy wearing a yellow shirt with bubbles on underwater
★★★★★

'Hysterically loopy charm! I’m hooked!' 

The Times

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? It's SpongeBob SquarePants, in an all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show!

He’s ready to ride the wave to the Southbank Centre to entertain and delight audiences in this brilliant, bright, hilarious and brand-new musical production.

When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save their undersea world.

With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Musical is written by Kyle Jarrow and conceived by Tina Landau.

The SpongeBob Musical stars Ru-Paul’s Drag Race legend Divina De Campo as Plankton; and alternating the role of Squidward, original Pop Idol Gareth Gates and Celebs Go Dating star Tom Read Wilson.*

The show features a tidal wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

An exciting new production featuring irresistible characters, magical choreography and dazzling costumes; this deep-sea pearl of a show is set to make a splash with audiences young and old.

★★★★

'A feast for the eyes and ears. It’s shore to be a winner.' 

WhatsOnStage

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 6+

The performance on Wednesday 16 August at 2pm is a Relaxed Performance. A quiet space is available.

The performance on Saturday 19 August at 2pm is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) by Barry Davey (subject to change).

To book tickets for this service, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email [email protected].

Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHenry is available during the performance on Saturday 26 August at 2pm.

To use this service, please let a member of the team know when you arrive so that we can organise a headset for you.

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

*Tom Read Wilson plays the role of Squidward on 3 – 6, 9 – 13 & 18 – 20 Aug.
*Gareth Gates plays the role of Squidward 26 – 30 Jul & 23 – 27 Aug.

Subject to change. The appearance of any named performer cannot be guaranteed.

Dates & times

26 July –⁠ 27 August, click BOOK NOW for times

 

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes 

 

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

Price

  • Standard entry £22.50 ⁠–⁠ £99*
  • Concessions 25%**
  • 6+ mini group tickets £39.50* each. Only available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances. Applies to £59.50 and £47.50 tickets. The offer will apply automatically once the seats are applied to the basket.
  • Groups 10+ Prices from £35 on selected performances. Please call 020 3879 9555 Mon- Fri 10am to 5pm to book.

* 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. If your plans change, you're welcome to exchange your tickets for another performance within the run of The SpongeBob Musical. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

 

 

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Venue

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

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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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