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ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL


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Events include:
 

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre
9 – 19 February 2017

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/imagine
#ImagineFest

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns from 9 – 19 February 2017, taking over the Royal Festival Hall during half term with a packed programme of events including dance, music, theatre and installations, alongside readings and workshops with some of the top children’s authors from the UK and Nordic region.


2017 Highlights include:

NEVERLAND
Tues 7th - Thur 9th February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,10am, 11.15am, 13.30pm, 14.45pm, 8th: 10am, 11.15pm, 13.45pm
Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses 360 degree video projections, as well as original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination. This show has been made for adult/child pairs and each ticket admits one adult and one 1-3 year old.


WTPA GUERILLA POETS
Wed 8th February,11am - 1pm, Foyer Spaces, at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
West Thornton Primary Academy has set up a community based poetry group which produces poetry that questions, challenges and supports events in the world around them, which they perform in unusual and fun places. The Guerrilla Poets hand out poems and make poetry interventions around Southbank Centre.



WOW HOOP - CIRCUS PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILIES
Fri 10th - Sun 12th February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12
Led by circus director Mette Ylikorva, this workshop teaches families with babies aged 4-12 months basic circus skills. Grandparents are also welcome. Tickets include one adult and one baby.


GROOVE BABY PRESENTS
Fri 10th February, 1pm - 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
At Groove Baby concerts, parents and carers with babies or toddlers can hear high-quality jazz, world, groove and contemporary improvised music.


LEGO® BUILD THE CHANGE: MEET THE LEGO® MASTER BUILDERS
Sat 11th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Cloakroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 5+, FREE but ticketed
Imagine festival-goers can listen to the stories of LEGO® Certified Professionals, who have turned their love for building and creating with LEGO bricks into a career. Participants are also encouraged to take part in the creation of an mosaic.



LEGO® BUILD THE CHANGE: IMAGINE AND BUILD YOUR FUTURE CITY
Sun 12th - Sun 19th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Cloakroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 5+, FREE but ticketed
Using thousands of LEGO® bricks and taking inspiration from cities around the world, children at Imagine have the opportunity to build the city of their future, turning the Cloakroom foyer space into a giant LEGO play area. Iconic buildings from across London and Nordic countries are also on display to inspire the future urban planners.


NIMBLE TOTS
Sat 11th - Sun 19th February, 10.30am - 11.15am, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Led by an experienced cellist, storyteller and workshop leader, Nimble Tots includes interactive songs, puppets and storytelling aimed at children aged 0-5s and their parents and carers


PERNILLA LINDROOS
Sat 11th February, 10:30am - 11:30am, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £6, ages 6-10
Author Pernilla Lindroos shares her two books including a story of a confident anteater and a little mouse called Macaron.


SAMI STORYTELLING AND JOIKU CHANTING WORKSHOP
Sat 11th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am & 12.30pm, £6
Come and hear all about the characters of Sami mythology with Sami writer, Ante Aikio, who joins us from Finnish Lapland. Ante describes and tells stories about the sacred spaces from Sami mythology, such as the amazing Saivo lakes and Seita rocks, along with pictures. Ante is also a joiku chanter and during the workshop he also teaches the children (and adults!) to join in the joiku chants along with him. This workshop is part storytelling and part participatory performance.



NONSENSE POETRY AND RIDICULOUS RHYMES
Sat 11th February, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £8 adults £4 kids
Icelandic author Þórarinn Eldjárn and Finnish illustrator Linda Bondestram present a workshop all about nonsense verse with a focus on what nonsense means across different cultures.


BIRGITTA SIF: WHERE MY FEET GO
Sat 11th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12:30pm - 1.30pm, £6, ages 0-5
Author and illustrator Birgitta Sif leads a creative workshop featuring interactive storytelling and the chance for children ages 0-5 to make their own puppet.


PAPER CHATTERBOX PRESENTS RAVE-A-ROO
Sat 11th February, 13:00pm - 15:45pm , The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Rave-A-Roo is a brand new clubbing mash-up of festival fun for the whole family, and the ultimate party for kids. This free dance party session features live DJs, madcap hosts, bubble walkabout, hilarious interactive performances and fab giveaways. People of all ages are welcome, from toddlers to grandparents.


BEDTIME STORIES
Sat 11th - Sun 19th February, 3.45pm - 4pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
To end each day of the Imagine Children’s Festival a bedtime story is told in the Clore Ballroom.


MISCHIEF AND MYSTERIES IN MOOMINVALLEY
Sat 11th - Sun 19th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 14.00pm (no 12.30 performance on Sat 18th) Level 4 Green Bar at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 4-7 years, £8
Magical puppetry, original music and interactive play are involved in this Moominvalley workshop.
Tickets are £8 for the child but parents must stay throughout the workshop.


MY FRIEND MANNA WITH BOLATTA SILIS-HØEGH
Sat 11th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 2.30pm, £6, £8
Festival-goers can get creative and use their imagination in this workshop with published children's author Bolatta Silis-Høegh. Born in Southern Greenland in 1981, the part Greenlandic and part Latvian artist now lives and works in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Bolatta debuted as an author in 2011, publishing her first children’s book, Aima, which she wrote and illustrated. The follow-up, Aima Shush! was published in June of 2014.


WEST END KIDS
Sun 12th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 11.20am - 12pm, 2.30pm - 3pm, FREE
Elite musical theatre song and dance troupe, West End Kids comprises of 20 talented young performers aged 11 to 18 years from across the country.


DR SEUSS - THE CAT IN THE HAT
Sun 12th February, 12.30 & 2.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Children’s Story Centre presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat storytelling show.


PIROK THE ORANGUTAN: ADVENTURES FROM INDONESIA
Sun 12th February, 12pm & 2pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £5 for one child and one adult
An interactive storytelling performance for children aged 4-8 years old. Author Felicia Nayoan Siregar brings her character Pirok and his journeys to life. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.


IMAGINE CHILDREN'S SINGING COURSE
Mon 13th - Friday 17th February, 9am - 3pm, St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £75
In this course, children aged 8 – 12 can spend a week creating a performance for Imagine Children’s Festival by singing and writing songs and stories inspired by classic Nordic children’s tales. The days start at 9am and finish at 3pm and Southbank Centre staff and chaperones are present at all times. There are a limited number of free and subsidised places available; for information on eligibility, please email voicelab@southbankcentre.co.uk


CHITRA SOUNDAR: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
Monday 13th February, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £6
Chitra Soundar presents creative writing workshops including Out of Thin Air (10.30am) for ages 6+, Design a Dossier (12.30pm) 7+, and Story on a Board (2.30pm) 7+.


RUG RHYMES FOR UNDER 5’S
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall, 10.30-11am, FREE, 0-5 years
The Poetry Library puppets Federico and Firebird sit on their poem rug with a short session of nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories.


STORIES THROUGH SOUND - SOUND DESIGN WITH SCHOOL OF NOISE
Mon 13th February, 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm, Weston Roof Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, £5
School of Noise presents an experimental workshop teaching foley sound design and how to recreate sound effects in an accessible, fun and educational way. Tickets £5 per child, accompanying adults go free and do not need to purchase a ticket.


MICHAEL DE SOUZA
Mon 13th February, 10.30 - 11.30am, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 2+, £8, £4
Creator of the Rastamouse book and TV series, Michael De Souza introduces a new character, Lil Bruv, and give an introduction to poetry thorough rhyme.


HOLLY STERLING: STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
Tues 14th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 14.30pm, £6
Holly Sterling presents storytelling workshops including Creating Characters (10.30am) for ages 4-6 years; Hiccuping Puppet (12.30pm) for 6-8 years and 14.30pm: Hiccuping Hilarity (2.30pm) for 4-6 years.


SENSATIONAL SENSORY POETRY
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 11.30am - 12.30pm, FREE but ticketed (one ticket admits one child and one adult), 6-10 years
Poems are not just for the pages of books. Shelley Boden hosts a workshop which uses all of our senses to explore poems from The Poetry Library collection. This session is suitable for blind and partially sighted children.



CHRISTIAN O’CONNELL: RADIO BOY
Mon 13th February, 12:30pm - 13:30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, ages 8+ £4 for children
£8 for adults
Absolute Radio presenter Christian O’Connell introduces ‘Spike’ aka Radio Boy: a new character for the internet generation.


PJ PARTY WITH TEA DANCE FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Mon 13th February, 12.00pm - 3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE, ages 2-8
Tea Dance for Little People create an exciting interactive afternoon including storytelling, music, film and creative play activities is based around a PJ party and the bedtime routine.


AMAZINGLY MAGICAL POEMS
Mon 13 February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 1.30-2.30pm, £4 for children
£8 for adults, ages 5-7 years
The Poetry Library presents a special Imagine poetry reading for five to seven-year-olds and their grown-ups. Featuring one of our favourite picture book poets Peter Bently and teller of tall tales Andra Simons.



THE GRUFFALO & ROOM ON THE BROOM
Mon 13th February, 1:30pm, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, £20 adult £10 child
Terry Davies conducts Aurora Orchestra in René Aubry’s inspired scores for this delightful double-bill of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.



INCREDIBLY INCORRIGIBLE POEMS
Mon 13th February, The Poetry Library at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 3pm-4pm, £4 for children
£8 for adults
The Poetry Library present a poetry reading for eight to 11 year olds and their grown-ups. Featuring Liz Brownlee, John Lyons and Kate Wakeling.


PERO THEATRE: ASTON’S SHOES
Mon 13th - Wed 15th February, 11am, 2pm ,Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s at Royal Festival Hall, £12/£6 conc, ages 3-6 years
Pero Theatre present Aston’s Shoes, a tenderhearted performance piece about a dog who values the smaller things in life.


DEBUSSY AND THE SNOW ELEPHANT
Tues 14th & Thu 16th February, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, ages 0-4, £5,
Blending beautiful chamber arrangements of Debussy's piano music with a specially-commissioned story from writer Kate Wakeling, this immersive musical adventure from Aurora Orchestra is designed for children aged 0-4 years (dur: 30 mins).


NORDIC TOP TRUMPS
Tue 14th February, 11.30am - 12.15pm & 1pm - 1.45pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Four storytellers share folklore tales from across the Nordic region. Each storyteller introduces participants to iconic Nordic mythological creatures.


BOOKTRUST PRESENTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wed 15th February, 10:00am - 13:00pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Chris Riddell and a host of authors and illustrators celebrate the career of 2017’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The name of the winner won’t be announced until just before the event, but previous winners include Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr, and Dame Shirley Hughes who wrote and illustrated the Alfie books. Recommended for ages 5 – 8.


HEVISAURUS
Wed 15th February,11.30am - 12.15pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 kids, ages 3+
Finnish children's heavy metal band Hevisaurus make their London premiere at Imagine Children’s Festival. Four insanely popular Finnish dinosaurs (and a dragon) that play power metal for all the children around the world. Since their formation they have become a Finnish institution, selling over 170,000 albums in their home country, and spawning tribute versions in countries around the world.


CHRIS RIDDELL & FRIENDS
Wed 15th February, 2.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 children,
Children's Laureate illustrator Chris Riddell is joined by VIP mystery guests to celebrate the world of children’s books. The Waterstones Children’s Laureate and his friends incorporate stories and illustrations in this children’s event. All artists appearing in the event are donating their fees to Amnesty. This event is British Sign Language-interpreted. Recommended for ages 7 – 11.


THE LITTLE MERMAID
Thur 16th February, 12 - 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Electric Pedals presents a special screening of The Little Mermaid. The film is entirely powered by bicycles, Guests are to expect surprises along the way and a prize for the best underwater costumes.


WHY THE WHALES CAME BY MICHAEL MORPURGO
Fri 17th February, 11:00am, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adult £6 child
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller presents Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo.


JULIAN CLARY AND DAVID ROBERTS
Fri 17th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, £8 £4, for ages 7+
Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary joins award-winning illustrator David Roberts as they introduce their latest book, The Bolds on Holiday. An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, live-drawing from David.


ODDJOB: JAZZOO
Fri 17th February, 1pm - 2pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
One of Sweden's highest ranked jazz groups, MTA Production and Southbank Centre presents the interactive music performance and projection show. Illustrations are by British illustrator Ben Javens with the original text written in Swedish.


FRANCESCA SIMON
Fri 17th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 2pm-3pm, £8 / £4, 10+
Join Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon as she introduces her acclaimed new book for older children, a dark and very funny tale based on the mythical Norse goddess of the underworld, ‘Hel’.


SONGS TO TELL STORIES
Fri 17th February, 2.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Children aged 8 – 12 on the Imagine Children’s Singing Course have taken songs and stories inspired by classic Nordic children’s tales, to create this performance especially for the festival.


CHRIS HOY
Fri 17th February, 3-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adults, £6 child
One of Team GB’s most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, introduces his new fiction series for young readers, Flying Fergus and his first non-fiction book for children, On Your Bike. Chris and the Flying Fergus team, co-author Joanna Nadin and illustrator Clare Elsom, talks about the inspiration behind the books, with live drawings.


WORKSHOP OLL & (IM)PRESS WITH ILLUSTRATOR KAATJE VERMIERE
Sat 18th February, Weston Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 10.30am & 12pm, Ticketed, £6, 7+
Flemish illustrator Kaatje Vermeire creates illustrations in this interactive workshop using recycled materials (old wallpaper, bizarre textures…), ink rolls and ancient printing technique.


HANS CHRISTIAN, YOU MUST BE AN ANGEL
Fri 17th - Sat 18th February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12pm & 2pm, Ticketed, £14, 7+
The production was Awarded Danish Reumert of the Year, however the audience in this spectacular promenade performance is not allowed to sit – for the real guests are the ones from the fairytales.


READY, STEADY, GO
Sat 18 February - Sun 19 February, St Paul’s Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Ticketed £10 Adult £5 Concession, 3 - 9 years old.
Ready Steady GO! is an immersive theatre show for 3-9 year olds and their families which allows the audience to create, decorate and drive cardboard cars. Presented by A Line Art, Ready Steady GO! - a live creative musical storytelling art show, that invites all the audience to individually colour their own cut-out car. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


SWEDISH BABY RAVE
Sat 18th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 1pm-3.45pm, FREE
Swedish Baby Rave is almost exactly like a grown-ups rave, except the club music is played at a lower volume, it’s held during the daytime, and has good accessibility and pram parking.



HORATIO CLARE
Sun 19th February,14:00pm - 15:00pm, Weston Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £8 adults / £4 children
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2016, Horatio Clare meets and greets fans as well as gives a reading from his book, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot.



POEMS THAT THINK, LAUGH AND HOWL WITH JOSEPH COELHO
Sun 19th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 10:30 - 11:30, £6 one adult and one child
Performance poet Joseph Coelho (CBeebies Rhyme Rocket, winner of the 2015 CLPE Poetry Award for Werewolf Club Rules) showcases a dynamic session where young poets get to create worlds made of paper, sing and learn poetic devices and use fun active game play to create fantastic poetic adventures.


THE STORY POT
Sun 19th February, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 12noon & 2pm £5 for one child and one adult
International Storyteller Cassandra Wye presents The Story Pot - interactive storytelling performances for all the family. Please note: Different stories are featured at each performance. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.


PICTURES MEAN BUSINESS WITH SARAH MCINTYRE AND FRIENDS
Sun 19th February, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,11:30am- 12:30pm FREE
Co-creator of Pugs of the Frozen North, Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair, Jampires and The Prince of Pants Sarah McIntyre is joined by special guests and discuss illustration. This event includes live interactive drawing, cartooning, and is followed by a book signing and doodling session. Suitable for all ages


LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Sun 19th February, 1pm -3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, FREE
Leaps and Bounds is an afternoon of accessible activity especially designed for all the family.
Candoco Dance Company lead dance workshops specially designed to be inclusive and focuses on movement. BSL Interpretation. The day's activities are British Sign Language-interpreted.


LAUREN CHILD
Sun 19th February, Level 5 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm 1.30pm, Ticketed, £8 / £4, 9+
Lauren Child the creator of Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean talks about the influences behind her books and some of her best-loved characters and her latest book, the amazing Ruby Redfort.
Suitable for children aged 9+


KANGAROO KISSES - INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING SESSION WITH NANANDA DEV SEN
Sun 19th February, Level 3 Function Room at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, £6, Under 7
Award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist Nandana Sen brings an interactive storytelling session, with fun games, animal masks, play-acting, and colouring activities.

 

 

Performance and Dance programme 2017
Southbank Centre presents a host of exclusive UK premieres from across the world exploring diversity, identity, migration, evolution and sacrifice, for its Spring & Summer 2017 programme for performance, dance and theatre.

Events include:


MICRO CINEMA THEATRE
London International Mime Festival
Tuesday 24 January – Thursday 26 January, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £225
Co-founder of internationally famous puppet company Faulty Optic, Gavin Glover presents the three-day practical workshop on Micro Cinema Theatre. Exploring objects, puppets and the human body using video and cctv cameras, projectors and more, participants use a multitude of objects and materials to construct environment to film, and improvise performances and discover a new type of cinema combined with the traditional forms of performance.
This course is suitable for professional puppeteers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, film animations, writers and directors.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119774-london-international-mime-festival-micro-cinema-theatre-video-camera-and-performance

NORDIC PUPPET AMBASSADORS PRESENT ONLY ONE SUITCASE ALLOWED
London International Mime Festival & Nordic Matters
Friday 27 January – Sunday 29 January, Various times, Blue Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12
Part of London International Mime Festival, Only One Suitcase Allowed is a fusion of object theatre and live installation inspired by the story of Anne Frank. A performance for one spectator at a time, visitors peer into a miniature world in a fifteen minute journey where a safe, familiar environment gradually turns hostile.

THE MONKEY TRIAL
Belief and Beyond Belief
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16+, £16
Acclaimed Belgian theatre collective company STAN present the UK premiere of The Monkey Trial, a performance based on the proceedings of the fascinating ‘The Scopes Trial’, in which the American State of Tennessee took a young biology teacher to court in 1925 for teaching evolutionism.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119418-stan-monkey-trial-2017

NEVERLAND
Imagine Festival
Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,10am, 11.15am, 13.30pm, 14.45pm, 8th: 10am, 11.15pm, 13.45pm, £14
Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses 360 degree video projections, as well as original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination. This show has been made for adult/child pairs and each ticket admits one adult and one 1-3 year old.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120067-neverland-tom-penn-and-battersea-arts-centre-coproduction-2017

WOW HOOP - CIRCUS PERFORMANCE FOR FAMILIES
Imagine Festival
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12
In this circus performance for families, the show begins gradually and softly to introduce the liveliness and joy of circus and performing arts to infants. The performance is perfect for babies aged 4 to 12 months, and their parents. Grandparents are also welcome.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119615-wow-hoop-circus-performance-families-2017

DR SEUSS - THE CAT IN THE HAT
Imagine Festival
Sunday 12 February, 12.30 & 2.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
Children’s Story Centre presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat storytelling show.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120072-dr-seuss-cat-hat-2017

PIROK THE ORANGUTAN: ADVENTURES FROM INDONESIA
Imagine Festival
Sunday 12 February, 12pm & 2pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £5 for one child and one adult
An interactive storytelling performance for children aged 4-8 years old. Author Felicia Nayoan Siregar brings her character Pirok and his journeys to life. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120025-pirok-orangutan-stories-indonesia-2017

PERO THEATRE: ASTON’S SHOES
Imagine Festival
Monday 13 - Wednesday 15 February, 11am, 2pm ,Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s at Royal Festival Hall, £12/£6 conc, ages 3-6 years
Pero Theatre present Aston’s Shoes, a tenderhearted performance piece about a dog who values the smaller things in life.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120026-astons-stones-2017

WHY THE WHALES CAME BY MICHAEL MORPURGO
Imagine Festival
Friday 17 February, 11:00am, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adult £6 child
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller presents Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119614-why-whales-came-followed-live-qa-author-michael-morpurgo-2017

HANS CHRISTIAN, YOU MUST BE AN ANGEL
Imagine Festival
Friday 17 - Saturday 18 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12pm & 2pm, Ticketed, £14, 7+
The production was Awarded Danish Reumert of the Year, however the audience in this spectacular promenade performance is not allowed to sit – for the real guests are the ones from the fairytales.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120071-hans-christian-you-must-be-angel-2017

READY, STEADY, GO
Imagine Festival
Saturday 18 February - Sunday 19 February, St Paul’s Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Ticketed £10 Adult £5 Concession, 3 - 9 years old.
Ready Steady GO! is an immersive theatre show for 3-9 year olds and their families which allows the audience to create, decorate and drive cardboard cars. Presented by A Line Art, Ready Steady GO! - a live creative musical storytelling art show, that invites all the audience to individually colour their own cut-out car. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120057-ready-steady-go-2017

LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Imagine Festival
Sunday 19 February, 1pm -3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
Leaps and Bounds is an afternoon of accessible activity especially designed for all the family.
Candoco Dance Company lead dance workshops specially designed to be inclusive and focuses on movement. BSL Interpretation. The day's activities are British Sign Language-interpreted.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119198-leaps-and-bounds-2016

PIETER AMPE: SO YOU CAN FEEL
Thursday 23 – Friday 24 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Age 14+, £15
Belgium dancer and performer Pieter Ampe presents his solo performance exploring the coming of age of a man and his body. Immersing himself in a world of transformations, Ampe questions how individuals are perceived by others when standards are continuously shifting, exploring the energy emanated through our bodies and whether we need to be liberated.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/119430-pieter-ampe-so-you-can-feel-2017 

HONG KONG DANCE COMPANY: THE LEGEND OF MULAN
Friday 15 April, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 5+, £14-38
The Hong Kong Dance Company present the UK premiere of its award-winning signature dance drama The Legend of Mulan, an inspiring re-telling of the popular folktale of love, peace and virtue. Mulan disguises herself as a man to join the army in place of her aged father and shows extraordinary courage when it comes to protecting her country and family.

MYSELF UK DANCE COMPANY IN RESIDENCE
Urban
Monday 3- Wednesday 5 April, 12-6pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free
All-female Hip Hop dance company Myself UK Dance Company will train, rehearse and perform in a two day residency in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom. Founded in 2008 by creative artist, Kloé Dean, the company are focused on challenging the male-dominated Hip Hop scene with its strong group of strong female dancers, formed to not only inspire females but also the wider society.

PRAM JAM: URBAN
Urban
Wednesday 5 & Tuesday 11 April, 10:30- 11:15am, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Tickets £5 (for one adult and up to two children aged 5 and under)
Pram Jam returns for Urban festival, inviting participants of all abilities to kick off the day by moving and grooving with their child aged 5 and under. The session is influenced by urban music and movement, and a great opportunity to try something new!
On sale soon

FUN DMC
Urban
Saturday 2 April, 12.30 - 3.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 3+, Free
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders) and Charlie Dark (Run Dem Crew/Attica Blues) present an afternoon of child-friendly hip-hop, funk, disco and block party anthems, with fancy dress encouraged.

URBAN DANCE SCHOOL
Urban
Monday 3 – Thursday 6 April, 9am – 3pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 7 – 12, £70 (Bursary places are available)
A four-day Urban dance workshop for young dancers to learn hip hop dance skills from an experienced professional to develop a piece for performance on the Clore Ballroom.

RAVI SHANKARS OPERA SUKANYA
Alchemy
Friday 19 May, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £15-50
Sukanya, the first ever opera by world famous musician Ravi Shankar will open Alchemy 2017 in an extravagant production fusing traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra, singers and dance. Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, with dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/92642-ravi-shankars-opera-sukanya-mythical-love-story-told-through-music-dance-2017

ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET
Tuesday 1 August- Saturday 5 August, 7:30pm (2:00pm Thurs & Sat), Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12- £55
Following worldwide critical acclaim English National Ballet brings the world’s greatest love story to Royal Festival Hall stage with Rudolf Nureyev’s inventive and passionate choreography, and Prokofiev’s exhilarating score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Full of action, humour and drama, Nureyev’s award-winning production of Romeo and Juliet was created especially for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118143-english-national-ballet-romeo-and-juliet-2017

NEEDCOMPANY: THE BLIND POET
Tuesday 8 August, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 14+, £15-25
International multidisciplinary performance group Needcompany present the UK premiere of their hit show The Blind Poet. Travelling through the family trees of all Needcompany’s members, where everyone has some link or connection with everyone else, Needcompany create an alternative world history through a powerful mix of theatre, dance, music and performance.



 

SOUTHBANK CENTRE HIGHLIGHTS 2017

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National arts hub Southbank Centre outlines its programme highlights for 2017 including a year-long immersion into Nordic culture and society, an exploration of what it means to be human in the 21st century, and a journey through some of China’s most innovative contemporary art and culture. Also featured are programmes curated by under-18s, a summer-long look at love and the return of flagship festivals WOW - Women of the World and BAM - Being a Man.

 

With over 15 festivals and 4,000 events during 2017, and a global touring programme reaching six continents and 37 towns and cities across the UK, Southbank Centre brings together thousands of artists, partners, communities and audiences to contribute, create and explore the most pressing issues of today. Full programme details will be announced throughout the year. All events take place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, unless otherwise stated.

 

 

PROGRAMME INCLUDES:
 

Nordic Matters

2017 - all year. Opens Friday 13th January 2017

For the first time, Southbank Centre will dedicate an entire year to the arts and culture of one region of the world. Audiences are invited to immerse themselves in all things Nordic, from much-loved favourites such as the Moomins, LEGO®, hygge, saunas and gastronomic treats and techniques such as cinnamon buns, smoking, pickling and curing, to the most inspiring and intriguing of Nordic art, mythology, literature and music.The programme explores the Nordics’ reputation as world-leaders in their approach to play, children & young people, gender equality and sustainability and asks what we in the UK might learn from our Northern neighbours.

 

Adventures in Moominland

Part of Nordic Matters

Friday 16th December 2016 - Sunday 23rd April 2017

The world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson and the Moomins is brought to life in a major new immersive, interactive exhibition Adventures in Moominland - the first UK exhibition devoted to the Moomins.The exhibition presents new insights into Jansson’s life and the influences behind her work with rare archive objects and illustrations built into the experience, augmented by a script written by children's author Laura Dockrill and narrated by Sandi Toksvig. Full press release here. More information here.

 

Outi Pieski: Fallen Shawls

Part of Nordic Matters

on display throughout 2017

Sami artist Outi Pieski transforms the Royal Festival Hall foyers with her year-long installation, Falling Shawls which goes on show from the opening weekend of Nordic Matters. Made by traditional Sami shawl-making techniques, the installation combines hundreds of fringe elements to create a coloured three-dimensional drawing. Sami people are the indigenous people of Scandinavia, and in their nomadic culture the cultural significance of symbols has endured; the traditional handicraft duodji still has significant and powerful meaning today. Falling Shawls is inspired by the gathering of Sami people, in what can be seen as a nomadic monument to their common struggle with colonial history. More information here.

 

Film Scores Live

Throughout 2017, until Wednesday 25th June 2017
Southbank Centre's Film Scores Live series continues throughout 2017, shining a light on some of cinema’s most unforgettable soundtracks. From Oscar winners to modern cult classics, all the films are accompanied by live orchestral performances from the UK’s leading orchestras in the spectacular setting of the Royal Festival Hall. Concerts include Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver featuring Bernard Herrmann’s last ever film score performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra (6 January 2017), Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with the spine-chilling soundtrack performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (23 June 2017) and the London premiere screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with live orchestral accompaniment, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Jessica Cottis
(25 June 2017). More information here

 

José González & The String Theory + Support

Part of Nordic Matters

Tuesday 24th January 2017, 7.30pm

Swedish folk rock guitarist José González performs with maverick orchestra The String Theory, which sees some of Berlin and Gothenburg’s most exciting contemporary musicians join forces. Their first collective tour in 2011 sold out all over Europe and received rave reviews. José González released his third solo album Vestiges & Claws in February 2015, following In Our Nature (2007) and his debut album Veneer (2003), which has sold over a million copies to date. More information here

 

International Orchestra Series

Sunday 29th January – Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Orchestra Series welcomes some of the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists to the Royal Festival Hall stage. Martha Argerich, ‘one of the greatest pianists in history’ (Telegraph) joins St Petersburg Philharmonic and conductor Yuri Temirkanov to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3  (29 January); Paavo Järvi conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Takemitsu’s Requiem for Strings and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (6 March 2017); conductor Marin Alsop leads British percussionist Colin Currie and the Britten-Pears Orchestra in a performance of a new concerto for percussion and orchestra by Mark-Anthony Turnage, which honours composer Steve Martland (7 April); Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and superstar pianist Yuja Wang in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 (11 May); and Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer perform Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (23 May). Further International Orchestra Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January. More information here.

 

International Chamber Music Series

Tuesday 24th January - 2nd June 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series includes a number of concerts as part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival. Pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich perform Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor for 2 pianos and Messiaen’s Visions de l’amen at St John’s Smith Square (24 January); cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs the complete cycle of Bach’s Cello Suites at St John’s Smith Square (8 February); the Colin Currie Group return to Royal Festival Hall to perform works by Steve Reich (5 May); and the Pavel Haas Quartet are joined by pianist Denis Kozhukhin to perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2 in A (2 June). Further International Chamber Music Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January. More information here.

 

International Piano Series

Tuesday 31st January - 31st May 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the world’s most celebrated pianists as well as rising stars. Highlights at Royal Festival Hall include leading Mozartian Mitsuko Uchida performing Mozart and Schumann (31 January); the great Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini (21 February and 14 March); Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky (28 February); Chinese superstar Yuja Wang (11 April); and much-loved American pianist Richard Goode performing Beethoven sonatas (31 May). Highlights at St John’s Smith Square include former International Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva (29 March); and winner of the 2005 Arthur Rubenstein Competition Alexander Gavrylyuk making his International Piano Series debut (3 May). Further International Piano Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January. More information here.

 

International Organ Series

Friday 3rd February - 24th June 2017

Southbank Centre’s International Organ Series showcases the Royal Festival Hall’s recently restored, magnificent organ. Robert Quinney who played for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey performs an all Bach programme (3 February); champion of contemporary music Stephen Farr performs the world premiere of a new work by Judith Bingham (24 April); and virtuosic improviser David Briggs performs a live, improvised soundtrack to Hitchcock’s film The Lodger, as part of Southbank Centre’s Film Scores Live series (24 June). Further International Organ Series concerts for 2017 will be announced in January. More information here.

 

Resident and Associate Orchestras

January - June 2017

Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestras: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Sinfonietta and Associate Orchestras, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain - present a broad range of concerts at Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square throughout 2017.

 

Imagine Children’s Festival

Part of Nordic Matters

Thursday 9th February - Sunday 19th February 2017
Imagine Children’s Festival is back with a strong Nordic focus, celebrating the theme of play. The festival, now in its 16th year, takes over the Royal Festival Hall for two weeks with theatre, dance, music and installations alongside readings and workshops with top children’s authors from the UK and the Nordic region. Highlights include the London premiere of Finnish band Hevisaurus, who bring their unique brand of power metal for children to the Royal Festival Hall, a Swedish baby rave and a performance by Oddjob, one of Sweden’s foremost jazz groups for children
. More information here.  

 
 

Spring


WOW - Women of the World Festival

Tuesday 7th - Sunday 12th March

Returning for its seventh year in 2017, WOW - Women of the World festival coincides with the first WOW Finland, with live link-ups throughout the weekend. With Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th respectively in the Global Gender Gap Index, WOW takes this opportunity to celebrate the Nordic countries, and congratulate and applaud the fearlessness and determination to prioritise gender equality. The festival also lifts the covers and examines what is underneath, where backlash has arisen, and who is left out of the conversation. Highlights during the festival include the annual Mirth Control going Nordic with Sandi Toksvig. More information here.

Coinciding with WOW London, the first WOW Hull will take place as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. From Finland to Folkestone and Derry to Dhaka, crossing further continents to Harlem and Hargeysa, Brisbane and Baltimore, WOW continues to grow and cross borders around the world. Read more here.

 

Urban

Saturday 1st - Monday 17th April 2017

Southbank Centre's Urban festival returns celebrating street culture with an exciting programme of work and events inspired by the city. Taking place across the site for 10 days over the Easter period, the programme spans dance, performance, music, parties, workshops and much more, with most of the events free. Full programme to be announced.

 

Alchemy

Friday 19th - Monday 29th May 2017
Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s festival celebrating the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK, returns for an eighth year. The largest festival of South Asian culture outside the subcontinent, Alchemy explores the region’s art, artists, politics and society through a programme of dance, music, theatre, visual art, comedy and literature. Sukanya, Ravi Shankar’s first ever opera that he worked on just before he died, opens this year’s festival in a special performance directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, uniting dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by The Royal Opera House and musicians of Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra
. Full programme to be announced.

 

Karachi Literature Festival - as a part of Alchemy
Saturday 20th May 2017

Karachi Literature Festival comes to the UK for the very first time in a collaboration with Southbank Centre's Literature team, celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country's foundation. Oxford University Press and Founder and Director Ameena Saiyid OBE in conjunction with Bloomsbury Pakistan presents a day of debates, talks, recitals and performances with writers and artists. The one-day festival forms part of Southbank Centre’s Alchemy. The full programme will be announced in 2017.

 

Alchemy on Tour
Alchemy takes off on tour for a second time, returning to Doncaster, Oldham and the Black Country. Working collaboratively with three key national partners, Black Country Touring, Cast, Doncaster and Oldham Coliseum Theatre, each partner will curate their own bespoke Alchemy programme for regional audiences, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London.
More information here.

 
 

Summer


Festival of Love

Part of Nordic Matters

Saturday 3rd June - Monday 28 August 2017

Festival of Love takes over the 21-acre Southbank Centre site with a summer-long programme featuring performances, music, installations and design from Nordic artists. Highlights include Outi Pieski’s Falling Shawls in Royal Festival Hall foyers, Jeppe Hein’s ‘Modified Social Benches’, North Sami Pavilion – an architectural collaboration with Umea University Sweden, the return of the Festival of Love Design Challenge, and lift lobby installations. More information here.

 

China Changing

Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd June 2017

Southbank Centre’s China Changing is a new international festival with a programme inspired by the creativity and innovation from contemporary China. The festival launches with a day of music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, and talks, on 16th December 2016, before expanding to long weekends in June the following two years. China Changing aims to showcase the best and most interesting artistic work and contemporary thought from across China; alongside British-based Chinese and British South East Asian artists. More information here.

 

Meltdown

Friday 9th - Sunday 18th June  2017

Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown festival has been running since 1993 and each year invites a different cultural figure to act as director of the event and pick the performers of their choosing. Previous directors include: Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Lee Scratch-Perry, Morrissey, Massive Attack, John Peel, Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies and Anohni. Performers have been musicians, artists, filmmakers and comedians including Jeff Buckley, for his final UK show; Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty singing Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker; Patti Smith performing Horses in full; a Nina Simone concert now immortalised in Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth;  Radiohead; Grace Jones; and Nancy Sinatra. Meltdown 2017 to be announced.

 

New Music Biennial

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017

Southbank Centre presents an entire weekend of new music, free concerts and workshops featuring all 20 winning commissions from the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial 2017. The initiative, presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and BBC Radio 3, presents a snapshot of contemporary music in the UK from across all genres — classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk, electronic and music for brass band and organ. The festival includes new works from Gavin Bryars, Simon Holt, Emily Hall, GoGo Penguin, Eliza Carthy, Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer Sam Lee and Mica Levi alongside recently-composed works, including Anna Meredith’s Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra, commissioned by Southbank Centre in 2010. More information here

 

Africa Utopia

Sunday 16th - Monday 17th July 2017

Africa Utopia returns for a fifth year exploring what can be learnt and celebrated from modern Africa and the African diaspora. The festival investigates the arts and culture of one of the world's most dynamic and fast-changing continents and looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about society, community, technology, fashion, gender, faith and activism. Full programme to be announced.
 

Chorus Festival

Part of Nordic Matters​

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd July

Celebrating the power of the voice and the spirit of communal singing, Chorus features a Royal Festival Hall concert with a choir from each Nordic country, performing together with a specially-formed Voicelab choir of Nordic diaspora singers in the UK. Free foyer performances of Nordic choirs will be heard throughout the weekend, as well as opportunities to join in with workshops exploring traditional and contemporary Nordic vocal music.  More information here.  

 

WHY? What’s Happening for the Young?

Wednesday 7th - Sunday 13th August 2017

WHY? What's Happening for the Young returns for a fourth time to consider how under-18s can understand and use their rights to influence the world around them. Inspired by the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the festival is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate young people's rights alongside artists, campaigners and activists. Through performances, workshops, talks and debates, the festival explores the right to freedom of expression, play, care, safety and access to the arts and culture, with many events programmed or led by young people. More information here.

 

English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th August, 7.30pm (2.00pm Thursday & Saturday)

English National Ballet brings the world’s greatest love story to Royal Festival Hall with Rudolf Nureyev’s inventive and passionate choreography, and Prokofiev’s exhilarating score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. More information here.

 

Autumn


Darbar Festival

September 2017

Acclaimed as the biggest and finest Indian classical music festival outside of south Asia, Darbar Festival returns to Southbank Centre for its twelfth edition. Featuring the world’s top Indian classical musicians, it is the only festival in the world to unite artists from both Hindustani and Carnatic traditions. Programme to be announced in January. More information here.

 

Nordic Music Days

Part of Nordic Matters
Wednesday 28th September - Saturday 1st October

Leading contemporary music festival Nordic Music Days takes place in the UK for the first time. One of the world’s oldest music festivals, founded in 1888, Nordic Music Days showcases pioneering performances by Nordic composers performed by leading ensembles and soloists from the Nordic region. Programme to be announced in January. More information here.

 

London Literature Festival and Poetry International

Part of Nordic Matters
Friday 13th October - Sunday 29th October

Southbank Centre’s longest-running festival Poetry International marks its 50th anniversary by joining with London Literature Festival for the first time in October 2017. The biennial festival, founded in 1967 by Ted Hughes, forms the opening weekend of 2017 London Literature Festival, which is an established highlight in the literary calendar having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. These combined festivals feature a Nordic focus in line with Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic culture, Nordic Matters. Nordic elements include a specially-commissioned Nordic Anthology and Wall of Dreams, a large-scale projection of testimonies and dreams onto the Royal Festival Hall, in collaboration with award-winning Danish artist Morten Søndergaard. Programme to be announced in the new year.

 

Being a Man

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th November 2017

BAM- Being A Man returns for its fourth year exploring the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. Taking a frank, thoughtful and often humorous look at the challenges, myths and pleasures around being born a male in today’s society. More information here.


 

Top Performance Times Ticket Prices Where to Buy Tickets  Seating Plan Seat Opinions Getting Here
Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Varies by event, see www.rfh.org.uk for details.
 

Ticket Prices:

Varies by event, see www.rfh.org.uk for details.
 

Top Performance Times Ticket Prices Where to Buy Tickets  Seating Plan Seat Opinions Getting Here

Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Venue Box Office:
www.rfh.org.uk. Their own site provide the service for this venue.
A brilliant box office system lets you select the actual seat you require AND see the view from it before you confirm! If only all systems were like that, thinks the monkey...before realising it would become redundant..

 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
A £1.75 per booking, not per seat, fee is charged.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Venue Box Office:
Telephone: 0844 847 9911
Operated by the venue itself.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
By Telephone: A fee of £2.75 per booking is added to the total cost of tickets for telephone bookings. Cheaper to book online.

For personal callers or by post: South Bank Centre Ticket Office, London, SE1 8XX
No booking fee for personal callers.

 

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

www.rfh.org.uk is the official theatre website.

 

 
 
Top Performance Times Ticket Prices Where to Buy Tickets  Seating Plan Seat Opinions Getting Here

Venue Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

NOTE: This advice is based on "First Impressions" and readers are asked to contribute their own opinions in order to build up a comprehensive picture - contact us. Extra detail will be added over the next few months after events have taken place and views assessed.

www.ehouse.co.uk/virtualtours/ has a "virtual tour" of the auditorium.
 

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Choir

Front Stalls Rear Stalls Side Stalls Balcony Boxes Notes
CHOIR 
Layout:
Behind and above the stage, facing the rest of the auditorium.

These are sold for performances where the whole stage is not required - they can be removed when it is.

Seats in the centre block face the rest of the auditorium, those in the side blocks just face the stage from either side of the platform performing area.

Seating in all blocks is tiered.

All choir seating is above the platform area at the same level as the side stalls.

Legroom:
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equate for somebody of around 5ft 8 or so, but may be feeling tight for the taller. D11 and 12; 29 and 30, 55 and 56 and B54 all have nothing in front of them except aisles. The double seat spaces might be particularly suited to the larger person if they buy both tickets, feels the monkey.

Choosing Seats in General:
Seats in the centre blocks lose the view nearest part of the stage directly in front and below them. Seats in the side blocks lose the same - around 5% of the view, the monkey estimates, slightly more as you move towards the seats furthest from the front of the platform.

A12 and 55, B9 and 55, C10 and 57, D12 and 55 have a safety bar in view too, not a problem - but purists might want to know.
A wheelchair can be accommodated in row B, with a pretty decent view of the stage.

Theatremonkey chooses the side blocks of the choir first for feeling just that bit less exposed to public gaze! All seats are pretty good value, though, as they are normally very well priced.

General Hazard Notes:
Seating is on benches without arm-rests.

Seat parts of each bench are padded, but the backrests are simple wood, sloped backwards at about a slight angle. May not be suitable for some with certain back conditions, the monkey felt.

Action happening directly in front and below seats will be missed.

Aisle end seats have safety rails in front.

Some may feel quite “exposed” sitting facing the rest of the audience.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
“Choir: The choir is often an excellent place to sit (after all, how many people can actually tell if their stereo speakers are reversed?) but less so for piano concertos because the lid deflects the sound away from you. (This comment was made pre-refurbishment, but little has changed, editor).

 

FRONT STALLS

Layout:
The Stalls is divided into three sections by aisles.

There is a stepped rake of around four inches between all rows except A and B.

Legroom:
Good in all seats for those up to around 6ft or so.

Row A has the most legroom, with nothing in front of it except the platform.

Choosing Seats in General:
Seats feel close to the stage.

For orchestral events, the conductor's podium is in front of central seats in row A - well, what do you expect at a concert!
For some more visual events the platform can be raised to improve sightlines.

Worth skipping if the concert is being amplified with speakers on the stage are A 5, 6, 38 and 39. The same goes for the same numbered seats in row B for this reason. These seats in rows A and B also happen to be closest to the exit doors.

Row B is on the same level as row A, making it worth skipping when priced the same, in the monkey view.

Those gripes over, choose seats 17 to 27 first, then the side section seats nearest the middle aisle to ensure best value and a central view.

The monkey would pick centre row G then F first, then G or F 12 to 16 or 28 to 32, then either E or D or even the rest of G and F then C or A depending on legroom required.

Alternatively, move up a price band to take from H to M centre then sides. Pretty much every seat has a good to excellent view, though - the monkey merely suggests things here as thoughts to consider.

Be aware of a sound desk behind centre row P.

General Hazard Notes:
Conductors podium and speakers in view from row A and B seats.

Rows R to T seats 17 to 27 can be removed for a sound desk - worth avoiding P 17 to 27 if this happens, feels the monkey.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
“E34: "Slava's Snowshow" (December 2013). Sat in this seat for today's performance of Slava's Snow Show (great show!). Legroom excellent (I'm 5'6") and width of seat also generous. Comfortable seat but limited support for lower back.  Sightlines were brilliant: the rake was steep enough to ensure that the heads in the row in front did not get in the way, and it was also easy to see between the heads. Could see 7/8ths of the main stage and into the wings on the opposite side from where I was sitting. Would happily sit here again."

"G26 and 27: "The Wizard of Oz" (July 2008). We sat in Row G seats 26 and 27 of the front stalls. It was actually the 4th row of seats and the sight lines were excellent as you are level with the stage. The leg room was good also. If I was buying tickets in the front stalls I would go for row G and back as before that you have to look up very slightly."

 

SIDE STALLS
Formerly known as the "Annex."

Layout:
Four long rows to the side and slightly above the front stalls, extending from row T to the start of the choir area a few metres beyond the edge of the platform.

Rows W to Y are tiered from a level floor at the height of rear stalls row AA.

Row Z is behind the other three rows, slightly elevated and requiring stairs to access it from row AA level.

Row W seats 1 to 4 and 30 to 33 are single seats placed one behind the other, facing the stage at an angle.

Row W seats 5 to 17 and 34 to 46 and row X 11 to 17 and 40 to 46 are all angled to face the stage, with X on a raised plinth.

Row Y 19 to 27 and 47 to 56 is raised above row X, but seats in this row, as well as the same numbered seating in W and X, face the platform sideways on with no angle to them.

Legroom:
Just adequate in most seats for all but the tallest over 5ft 10 or so. Row Z has considerably less - 5ft 6 maximum.

In row W seats 19 to 27 and 47 to 56 and Z 16 to 27 and 45 to 56, architecture means that legroom diminishes as you get further along the row towards the stage.

The final seats in row W have significantly less legroom - probably uncomfortable for those above 5ft 7 or so in the monkey view.
 

Choosing Seats in General:
This section of seating lose around a tenth of the view of the platform area nearest to them due to the angle of the seating and safety rails.

For symphonic concerts of course any loss of view is not important to most, but for more visual events the monkey would probably skip the seats closest to the stage.

It would always take seats furthest from the stage first, as they have the best viewing angle.

Single seats W seats 1 to 4 and 30 to 33 are a decent pick if available, simply for peace as much as view.

Wheelchair spaces can replace W seats 1 to 4 and 30 to 33. These provide an OK view, but chair users should take the places in rear stalls row AA first, in the monkey view.

Row W 23 to 27 and 52 to 56 are cramped, avoid if tall.

Row Z is in its own section behind the other three rows. All seats are in a single row, with those furthest from the stage having an angled view, those closer facing the stage. The pillars in this row do not affect the view from any seat that the monkey noticed. This row is set back a little way, though, and the seats nearest the stage from around 21 to 27 and 50 to 56 lose up to a quarter of the platform from view – make these a final choice.

General Hazard Notes:
Rails and seat angles deduct 10% of the stage view from most seats.

Rows W and Z have wide wooden safety rails in front of them, slightly intruding into the view of seats closest to the stage.

One reader wasn't crazy about the sound at a 2012 concert here.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"RR 28 and 29: Just wanted to let you know that we went to a Philharmonia concert last night (13th December 2012) and started in RR 28 and 29. These are centre of the auditorium but quite far back. Visuals were fine with the caveats that have been noted on your site. But the sound was TERRIBLE. It was very heavily bass and muddy. But coughs from people under the overhang were louder than the orchestra in even medium sound passages. We moved at the intermission and the second half was like being in a different concert. And we were on the extreme right of the auditorium in KK. My advice to anyone who cares about sound quality is they should avoid any of the seats from LL back underneath the overhang from the seats above you. We have been to any number of concerts in the top level and found the sound just fine."

"Y52: My view was severely restricted by the balcony railing, as was that of everyone in my row and those in the row in front. I feel that all these seats should be marked in red on your website."

 

 

REAR STALLS
Formerly known as the "Terrace."

Layout:
This is steeply raked area rising from an aisle behind the front stalls to the rear of the auditorium.

The Balcony overhangs these seats at row DD but doesn't affect the view of the top of the performing area.

Seating is split into middle and two side blocks by aisles.

Row AA is split from the main section of seating by a wall and rail between it and row BB. It sits on the wide aisle that divides the stalls from the rear stalls.

Legroom:
Good in all seats for those up to around 6ft tall, felt the monkey, with the exception of row BB which has a little less.
Row AA has most legroom as the wide aisle has nothing in front of any seat.

Choosing Seats in General:
Central section seats AA 15 to 25 may have a problem with visual events as a sound desk could be in front of them, as could safety rails ahead of them, right behind front stalls row T. These bars are high and intrude noticeably into the view. Row BB 21 to 31 may also be worth skipping in this event.

The side sections of row AA are mostly used to provide the best wheelchair viewing places - chair users should enjoy these, the monkey feels. They are also closest to the exit doors.

Seating in rows BB to XX is not "offset" - seats are directly behind each other, but the steep rake should mean few viewing problems over those ahead, feels the monkey. One reader found that they really were not staggered enough, though, and advised caution if booking here for a visual performance.

For visual performances where sightlines are important (not orchestral concerts usually) the monkey felt that row BB's rail could be an issue for shorter people.

Further, again for visual performances only when the stage might be framed by an arch at the sides, seats 1 to 4 and 48 to 51 in rows BB to XX may not have quite as good a view, being to the sides of the auditorium and outside the line of the sides of the stage area.

At all performances with all seats at the same price, the monkey would pick row FF 15 to 37 first, then work backwards to row LL taking either 15 to 37 or side block 7 to 14 or 38 to 45 for preference. The rest of these seats are at least fair value, the monkey felt.

Rows SS back may feel a little further from the stage for visual performances - though the view should improve if the stage is raised - but for classical concerts this won't worry anyone, the monkey feels.

Extra wheelchair places are available in row XX in the centre block. The monkey would take row AA places, then side stalls and box places before these, just for proximity to the stage - though anyone sat here will enjoy at least a fair view.

Rear stalls standing areas behind row XX offer a fair view of the stage.
 

General Hazard Notes:
Seating is not “off set” to see between seats in front.

Row AA may have a rail in view.

Central rows AA and BB may have a sound desk in view.

Row BB may have a rail in view for the shortest.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"KK 31 and 32:
"The John Wilson Orchestra." Because, as mentioned on your website, the seats are not staggered - my wife and I ( I'm almost 6ft ) had great difficulty seeing the singers on the stage and we noticed that many people around were having the same problem swinging their heads from side to side straining to obtain a clear viewing line.

Although the seats are raked they are not raked sufficiently and I would suggest that potential patrons proceed with caution when considering purchasing seats in the central rear stall area for any concert involving soloists or singers who they might actually want to see.

I believe that paying patrons should be warned of the limitations of these seats before purchasing the same.

I have made this point to the Festival Hall but had a generally unhelpful response."
 

 

BALCONY
Formerly known as the "Grand Tier."

Layout:
This is split into front and rear sections by a broad aisle between rows B and C.

Rows A and B are split by walls into sections like boxes containing sixteen seats arranged (mostly) in blocks of eight.

Rows C to N are normal long rows of seats, split into five sections by aisles.

Legroom:
Just acceptable in all seats except row B where it is noticeably far less, and C where it is tending to tight too.

Row A perhaps has an inch or so more legroom.

Before rebuilding, some one reader feels that the stalls are far superior - noting that the seats appear wider downstairs, and have far more space to stretch in. The monkey agrees, even after refurbishment, and urges the taller to take front or rear stalls first if comfort is a priority.

Choosing Seats in General:
The view from all seats can be distant for visual performances, but the sound is adequate for orchestral ones.

The monkey would probably pick the non-restricted view seats in row A first, avoid row B and C, then go for seats as near the front and central as possible, avoiding the rail intrusions if the event is a visual one. For orchestral ones it would just pick seats near the front.

In rows A and B, seats 2 to 4 and 45 to 47 suffer the boxes intruding into the view slightly, the monkey noted - which might be a bother for events more visual than a simple orchestral recital. B 4 and 49 are closest for a quick exit.

Similarly, the view from seats 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29, 36, 37, 44 and 45 are also affected by high safety bars at the ends of the aisles.

The aisle bars in front of row A may also affect the view from some seats in rows C to F (the monkey noted it does in 20,21, 32 and 33, but suspects more) at some performances when the stage height is low. If raised (for visual events rather than simple orchestral concerts) this situation should be alleviated, especially with the stage at maximum 7ft height, but the monkey couldn't test that at this stage and would welcome reader feedback.

A safety rail in front of row C may block the view for some shorter visitors at all performances.

Rows C to E seats 1 to 3 and 50 to 51 are to the sides of the hall and the monkey feels them worth missing for visual events where a central view is preferable.

Aisle seats in row N (except 4 and 49) are closest to doors for a quick exit. Claustrophobics might want to avoid rows F to N seats 4 and 49 as there is no aisle beside them.

General Hazard Notes:
Rows A and B 2 to 4 and 45 to 47 have boxes in view. Seats 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29, 36, 37, 44 and 45, and row C also have a rail in view.

Sightlines decline if a low stage is used (the stage height varies by event).

Rows F to N seats 4 and 49 have no aisle beside them.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"Rows A and B: (Alan Marshall). [Commenting before the refurbishment]. We go to the Festival Hall fairly regularly and go for seats in the Grand Tier/Balcony (rows A and B). Safety bars do obscure the view in some seats - try to avoid aisle seats. It is true that the tickets are sometimes marked to show a "restricted view" but prices are not reduced on these seats.(Invaluable advice, thinks the monkey, who feels it still applies to a great extent).”

 

BOXES
Layout:
Arranged on four levels in the walls beside the front stalls area and above the side stalls to just beyond the front of the platform.

Each box contains 4 movable red chairs (up to 16 in the Goodman box only).

All except the Goodman box are angled towards the stage.

The Goodman box has a side view with the wall not angled.

Legroom:
Good in all boxes.

Choosing Seats in General:
A rail runs around the front of each box.. A good sideways views of the stage is possible from them all, though the shortest might find the rail at the front of the box a slight issue.

The monkey notes that sightlines alter depending on the height of the stage for each performance.

A reader feels that the lowest boxes have the best views of the stage.

Boxes 3 and 31 can take a wheelchair, and are worth taking once row AA places have gone, in the monkey view.
 

General Hazard Notes:
Rail at the front of each box.

Views are side on to the stage.

Sightlines may be affected by changes in stage height.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
“Box 8: The rail is quite a nuisance. With the stage at such a steep angle below, to see over it you have to lean right forward. If you sit back and relax, the view is through the rails.

For a classical orchestra with no amplification, the sound was still excellent. But for amplified performances with speakers directed at the main auditorium I wonder if the sound might not be so good. Also, the seats are not nearly as comfortable as in the main auditorium.

At the end of the performance we did try the view from the bottom row of boxes (box 5). There the rails did not get in the way of the view to the stage. We intend to check this properly at some future concert. The seats may not be so comfortable, but it’s still quite fun to have your own little space."

 

 

Notes
Total 2788 seats.

Air conditioned auditorium. this is underneath the seating, so don't place coats there if possible.

Infrared headsets and loop available, guide dogs welcome. All documents available in large print. Wheelchair access available to all levels via ramps and lifts to decent seats in auditorium. Wheelchair places are in boxes 3 and 31, choir row B, side stalls row W and rear stalls rows AA and XX. Adapted toilets are available on ground and first floor levels within the main toilets. Dedicated help is available on 0844 875 0073 (select option 2), and an "access list" can also be joined on this number, which helps members gain concession priced tickets for visits.

Toilets on levels 2 to 6; level 2: 2 ladies 6 cubicles and 5 cubicles respectively, 2 gents 4 cubicles / 3 cubicles. Level 3: 2 ladies 8 cubicles / 6 cubicles, 2 gents 3 cubicles in each. Level 4: 1 ladies 3 cubicles, 1 gents 2 cubicles. Level 5: ladies total 10 cubicles, gents total 9 cubicles, 1 disabled cubicle in each. Level 6: ladies total 5 cubicles, gents total 5 cubicles, 1 disabled cubicle. 3 ladies, 3 gents and 3 unisex facilities are also available by the roof pavilions on level 6. Small toilets for children are available on the "Spirit Level" of the Hall, and baby changing facilities are also available here, on level 2 and within the Southbank Centre Square lobby near the glass lift. Some restaurants on the site also offer baby changing facilities too. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

Cafés, Restaurants, Art Galleries and open foyer performance spaces are offered in this complex. A singing glass elevator connects all levels... yes, it does...

 

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Getting to this Theatre
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Nearest Underground Station:
Waterloo - Bakerloo Line (brown), Jubilee Line (silver gray), Northern Line (black). Also a main line station.

A PHOTOGRAPH ILLUSTRATED VERSION of this walking route is available by clicking here.

This station has multiple exits, not clearly marked, so be careful!

IN NOVEMBER 2015 THE "York Road" station exit closed until 2018. THIS MEANS THAT YOUR ROUTE IS NOW TO FOLLOW SIGNS FROM THE PLATFORM TO THE MAINLINE STATION EXIT. This will bring you into the middle of the station concourse.

Turn left and head for the main exit - a grand archway with steps down to street level.

At street level, turn to your left, and walk towards the main road. Ahead to your left is a huge silver steel rectangle. No, the monkey does not know what it is either. To the left of it, and behind, is a pedestrian passageway called "Sutton Walk"; which goes under a bridge. Take it, at the end is a fountain ahead of you. 

You are now on "Concert Road Approach". Turn to your left. The Royal Festival Hall is ahead of you. Walk towards it. Go to the right hand side of it.

You are now in an area of grey concrete. The Festival Hall is to your right, a mass of balconies with open space below them to your left. On one of the balconies, words spell out the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

Walk up the centre of this area. You can either turn to your left and use the side entrance doors to the hall - about a third of the way along the street, or walk to the end of the area and turn left. The main Festival Hall entrances are to the left of you!

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If you have the misfortune to leave the station by the "Waterloo Road" exit, fear not. You can either walk through Waterloo mainline station, leaving by the York Road exit OR use the route below - BE AWARE OF YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY if you do, though.

On leaving the glass doors, turn left. Walk to the corner, and turn left into "Mepham Street". Walk all the way to the end of it, avoiding the temptation to go under any bridges.

At the end of the street is York Road. Cross it. Ahead of you, to the left, is "Sutton Walk", the pedestrian road under the bridge. Take it.

At the end is a fountain ahead of you. You are now on "Concert Road Approach". Turn to your left. The Royal Festival Hall is ahead of you. Walk towards it. Go to the right hand side of it.

You are now in an area of grey concrete. The Festival Hall is to your right, a mass of balconies with open space below them to your left. On one of the balconies, words spell out the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

Walk up the centre of this area. You can either turn to your left and use the side entrance doors to the hall - about a third of the way along the street, or walk to the end of the area and turn left. The main Festival Hall entrances are to the left of you!

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Another visitor suggest this route: Take the tube to the Embankment station and walk across the Hungerford  footbridge to the south bank, then walk to the Festival Hall complex. 

Noted are the "Gorgeous views both up and down river on a good day or evening.". The monkey endorses this comment, especially at twilight!

 

Buses:
1, 4, 68, X68, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501, 502, 513 to Waterloo Bridge.

Get off on the Bridge and look for the triangular neon sculpture on the roof of the Hayward Gallery, and the glass front of the Festival Hall. Take the stairs on this side of the bridge down to the ground. A safe crossing of this bridge can be made by taking the stairs down to first level and walking under it on a walkway linking the staircases either side of the bridge.

On the correct side staircase, leave it, turn to your left and walk along the river front to the Festival Hall on your right past the ugly underground wasted space (used as a skate park by children).

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Waterloo Station. Or best chance of hailing one in the street is on Waterloo Bridge.

 

Car Park:
Belvedere Road or The Hayward, both just next to the Festival Hall. Follow signs to the left as you leave the car park. Take the stairs to the left up to the first level, turn left at the top, you will be facing the side of the Festival Hall. Follow the walkway around the side of the building. The Hayward Gallery is ahead of you. If you see a railway bridge with pathways leading under it, wrong way.

Remember to get your ticket validated at the venue box office for a discounted parking rate in these car parks.

 

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