www.southbankcentre.co.uk for all the details.
15th November 2013 until 10th January 2013
www.southbankcentre.co.uk/winter has all the details, including FREE
EVENTS and MARKETS taking place.
It is often said that Charles Dickens invented the Christmas we know today.
He frequently imagined the vast population of London making its way home in
the winter snow, past chestnut roasters, carol singers and gleaming shop
windows ready to enjoy steaming bowls of punch, enormous plum puddings and
glorious Christmas dinners. He also believed that no one should be excluded
from the festivities and that Christmas should be a time for charity and
This winter, Southbank Centre invokes the spirit of Charles Dickens to
welcome visitors to The Winter Festival with NatWest. The Festival will
transform the 21-acre site into a magical landscape with bicycle-powered
Christmas tree snow globes, art installations, bustling markets and
twinkling canopies of lights. The Festival programme is packed with
enthusiasm, generosity and entertainment for all ages – from world class
theatrical performances and festive concerts, to free participatory dance
events and activities that explore the joy of giving.
A Christmas Carol
Sunday 15 December
We celebrate the 170th anniversary of the publication of Dickens's great
novel, as well as Christmas itself, with a celebrity reading of A Christmas
With Griff Rhys Jones as Charles Dickens and Bill Paterson as Scrooge, as
well as Freddie Fox, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ian McNeice, Phil Daniels, Janine
Duvitski, Bryony Hannah and Amy Morgan.
The evening will begin with pre-show Christmas music, mulled wine and mince
'Bah!' said Scrooge, 'Humbug!' Or perhaps not...
Fascinating Aïda: Charm Offensive
Sunday 22 December – Friday 10 January
Sunday 22 & Sunday 29 at 6pm, Monday 23, Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28
& Monday 30 at 7.30pm
£25* £20* £15*
Charm Offensive is a brand new show from comedy cabaret act Fascinating Aïda,
whose previous shows have been nominated for Olivier Awards. Expect topical
numbers hot off the press plus some outrageous old favourites. Fascinating
Aïda promises to continue to grow old disgracefully.
Greg Davies: The Back Of My Mum’s Head
Monday 16 December – Thursday 19 December
Star of BAFTA award-winning The Inbetweeners, much-loved towering beacon of
comedy Greg Davies is one of the most successful stand-ups in the UK. He
brings his critically acclaimed show, The Back of My Mum’s Head, to
Southbank Centre. This show is funny, but to be clear, if you’re looking for
insight into the human condition you’d be better off eating a bun or picking
up a stick.
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 January 2014
COMPAGNIE PHILIPPE GENTY – FORGET ME NOT (NE M’OUBLIE PAS) – UK PREMIERE
PART OF LONDON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
7.30pm (Friday and Saturday), 5pm (Sunday),
£25, £20, £15
Plunge into a world of dizzying dreams and beautiful landscapes in this new
version of a Philippe Genty classic. Wizard of imagery, Philippe Genty has
been devising inspired, original work that blends visual theatre with dance
and puppetry for almost forty years. With breath-taking optical illusions
and ever-changing stage pictures, the results are captivating fantasies.
Forget Me Not is one of Genty’s most memorable creations. Recently
re-mounted in a new French-Norwegian collaboration, its dreamworld is
infused with snowy, Scandinavian mysteries and colour.
Age guidance: 7+
90 mins/no interval
Post-show discussion: Saturday 18 January
Friday 24 – Saturday 25 January 2014
SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI – APOCRIFU – LONDON PREMIERE
£30, £22.50, £15
All the major ideologies and world religions, from Marx through Hitler to
Mao, and from the Bible to the Koran, refer to (and swear by) a Holy
Scripture. Belgian Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui poses relativism, the
equality of all cultures, the equal merit of the apocryphal, condemned
writings, and so on, in counterpoint to these forms of 'absolute rightness'
in Apocrifu. Set in Herman Sorgeloos' imposing wooden staircase to a desired
heaven, books are unrespectfully scattered everywhere. Cherkaoui dances
together with Yasuyuki Shuto, a classical dancer from the Ballet of Tokyo,
and Dimitri Jourde, contemporary dancer and circus artist. The three dancers
try to bring their distinct universes and opposing dance languages together.
They are accompanied on stage by the Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta.
BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH’S REFUGEE BOY
PART OF SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 February, 11am & 7.30pm daily
7.30pm performances £15 adults, £7.50 children, 11am performances £5
Alem is fourteen, in London with his father on the best holiday he has ever
had, but then the unthinkable happens; he awakes to find himself alone, a
stranger in an unfamiliar country. Overnight, he has become a refugee. As a
violent civil war rages back home, Alem’s Ethiopian father and Eritrean
mother make the heartbreaking decision to leave him in London. Amidst this
turmoil Alem determines to take control, to transcend his refugee label, to
become Alem Kelo – an African, a Peacemaker and no longer just a Refugee
Boy. West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Director Gail McIntyre brings
together the work of two of the UK’s most prolific and revered poets,
Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay, in a heartbreaking and hilarious
production that pulses with energy, love, loss and hope.
Tuesday 11 February – Free pre-show talk with Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn
A West Yorkshire Playhouse Production
Based on the teen novel by Benjamin Zephaniah
Adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay
WOW LAUREATES’ NIGHT
PART OF SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S WOW – WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL
Friday 7 March, 6.30pm
An event featuring all five Poet Laureates of the United Kingdom and the
Republic of Ireland. For the first time these Poet Laureates are all women
(and Celts). This celebratory performance, specially commissioned for WOW –
Women of The World Festival, brings all five of them together for their
first joint public reading. Carol Ann Duffy (England), Liz Lochhead
(Scotland), Gillian Clarke (Wales), Paula Meehan (Ireland), and Sinead
Morrissey (Northern Ireland) will all read together for one extraordinary
Thursday 20 March, 7pm, Festival Village under Southbank Centre’s Queen
Southbank Centre’s regular scratch night continues to showcase some of the
most exciting new spoken-word on the scene. This event will be hosted by
Inua Ellams and DJ Sid Mercutio, who will invite poets and spoken-word
artists to share their work in progress – everything from live literature
shows to one man/woman performances will be tested on the audience. These
are the shows that will soon be lighting up the UK’s stages. Details of how
to submit work to perform can be found on Southbank Centre’s blog nearer the
Suitable for ages 16+
Tuesday 8 April 2014
MARTIN CREED – BALLET WORK NO: 1020
Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed gives basic ballet positions a
fresh perspective in Work 1020. Simple dance moves are deconstructed,
rewound, stopped and started. Playing with his live band, Creed and five
classically trained dancers work together to create a funny, curious and
insightful one-off performance of music and dance in Southbank Centre’s
Queen Elizabeth Hall. From January – April 2014 the Hayward Gallery presents
a survey of playful, thought-provoking art. Over the past two and a half
decades British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by
confounding the traditional categories of art. Winner of the 2001 Turner
Prize, Creed is recognized around the world for his conceptually-driven art
that is at once playful, familiar, and thought-provoking. Crossing all
artistic media and including musical performance and dance, his art
transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on
existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.
Martin Creed’s Work No. 1020 includes nudity and some adult content.
Age guidance: 14+
Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 April 2014
RUSSELL KANE – SMALLNESS
Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner Russell Kane makes an appearance at Southbank
Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall to ask – ‘What is it with us and smallness?’
Brits love it – being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired
award-winning comedian is the same, and he returns with a new blisteringly
big-small show. This is a chance to watch him ejaculate thoughts about
smallness – on keeping things small when life gets big.