Southbank Centre’s iconic Brutalist venues, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, will reopen on Monday 9 April 2018, following over two years’ extensive redesign and refurbishment.
They open with a programme of events that pays tribute to the historic legacy of the venues, and the many legendary artists who have performed there over the past fifty years. A dynamic blend of contemporary and classical work sees vibrant performances, events, installations and a free programme for all ages across the venues.
Gillian Moore, Director of Music, Southbank Centre, said: “The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room have, since they opened their doors in 1967, been a place where new ideas happen, where artists of all kinds have taken risks and pushed music and the arts forward. Half a century later, we re-open them after refurbishment and are determined to honour that spirit with new commissions, innovative artists and a fresh look at many of the great artistic events which form the history of these beautiful venues.”
The cultural landmarks open with world class, environmentally-improved new facilities for audiences and artists that highlight the unique heritage features of the buildings. The design, led by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), focused on refurbishing the auditoria, foyer and artists’ back of house facilities. Improved access, ventilation and lighting systems, and new production infrastructure enhance the experience for audience and performers alike. New leather upholstery revitalises the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room’s distinctive and comfortable seating.