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Guide to Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos.

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It’s a place where people experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes.

Our festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.

Southbank Centre © India Roper Evans
Southbank Centre
© India Roper Evans
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AddressBelvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
ContainsPurcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Royal Festival Hall
Google maps51° 30' 23.964" N 0° 6' 54.406" W
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Royal Festival Hall © Tim Woodall
Royal Festival Hall
© Tim Woodall
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LondonScottish Dance Theatre: Velvet Petal

Various: Velvet Petal
Scottish Dance Theatre

LondonSidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Play

Various: Play
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Shantala Shivalingappa

LondonMichel Legrand and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Michel Legrand and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Michel Legrand

LondonStephen Cleobury plays Howells’ Partita

© Tim Cochrane
Vierne, Rheinberger, Howells
Stephen Cleobury; Ashley Riches; David Adams; Kate Gould
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Fine fare to close the OAE season

Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
Sir András Schiff and the OAE serve up three delectable dishes created by the irrespressible and inimitable Papa Haydn.
****1
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A thrilling Gurrelieder from the Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
This was a superbly assured performance in which Esa-Pekka Salonen marshalled his forces with a clear-sighted vision to carve out an account brimming with intensity, energy and commitment.
****1
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Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia can deliver more

Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
The William Tell Overture promises much, Grieg and Tchaikovsky are well played but struggle to escape the routine.
***11
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Dohnányi returns to the Philharmonia

Christoph von Dohnányi © Berthold Fabricius
The bond between Dohnányi and his old orchestra remains strong. 
****1
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