Purcell Room

The Purcell Room reopened in April 2018 following almost three years of refurbishment. With new improved facilities and acoustics, this intimate wood-panelled auditorium provides a platform for music and performance events, a variety of talks and debates, plus readings of classical and modern literature.

The world-renowned venue has played host to some of the biggest names of the 20th century and beyond, including David Bowie, Daniel Barenboim, Marianne Faithfull and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. 

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The cast of children standing in a line
Various times
until 15 Dec 2018
Various times | until 15 Dec 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and excuses
Funny, provocative and beautifully poetic, That Night Follows Day exposes the facts, white lies and...
Maureen Lipman, actress, columnist, and comedian
Various times
17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Join the new queen of Coronation Street for an evening of rave, rollick and rant
Musicians with double base, clarinet and harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 16 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Wed 16 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Start your night with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
A woman with a harp

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 17 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Thu 17 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Thursday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
musicians with woodwind instruments

Free

Free

6:45 pm
Fri 18 Jan 2019
6:45 pm | Fri 18 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Friday night continues with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 19 Jan 2019
6:00 pm | Sat 19 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Saturday night starts with an hour of free new music, presented by the Park Lane Group
Du Yun, composer
1:30 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
1:30 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Du Yun curates contemporary work from two of the ancient capitals of music
Du Yun curates contemporary work from two of the ancient capitals of music

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Sun 20 Jan 2019
8:00 pm | Sun 20 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their generation, Dai Fujikura and Andrew Norman.
Take in gripping music by two composers who are fast becoming the leading lights of their...
A scene from BACKUP, two women with polar bears
Various times
21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Various times | 21 Jan 2019 - 23 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical theatre
Receive a powerful message about climate change through brilliant, witty and moving physical...
Thom Monckton, entertainer
Various times
24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Various times | 24 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Making a fine art of physical comedy, Thom Monckton presents his new solo show in a London premiere
Trinity Laban Gold Medal, dancer outside
7:00 pm
Mon 28 Jan 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 28 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Witness seven outstanding young musicians compete for Trinity Laban's Gold Medal 2019
Two performers on stage as part of Lao Can Impression at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Wed 30 Jan 2019
7:45 pm | Wed 30 Jan 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
Investigate the links between East and West in a performance based on the works of Debussy and Liu E
New World Sounds: Music from the Americas, a view of exotic trees
7:45 pm
Fri 01 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Fri 01 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Uncover musical gems with pianist Clélia Iruzun, Coull Quartet and double bass player Sarah Neil
Yulia Chaplina, pianist
7:45 pm
Sat 02 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 02 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Prokofiev’s characterful chamber music spanned pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet years
Mieczysław Weinberg, composer
7:45 pm
Sun 03 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Sun 03 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Uncover the songs of the composer of opera The Passenger at a performance celebrating his centenary
Leïla Slimani, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
See the author of Lullaby in an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her new book
Marius Neset
8:30 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
8:30 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer brings his energetic creativity to Purcell Room
The Young'uns, folk trio performing on stage
Various times
Sat 09 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 09 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Comedy
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Come on a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure with the Teesside folk trio
Photo portrait of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, whose work is performed at Southbank Centre
7:15 pm
Sun 10 Feb 2019
7:15 pm | Sun 10 Feb 2019
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Join us on a voyage through the cosmos with music from Bach, Stravinsky and Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Qasim Naqvi, musician
7:45 pm
Tue 12 Feb 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 12 Feb 2019
Gigs
Electronic
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO
Witness the creation of new palettes of sound at a performance with Qasim Naqvi and LCO

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