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QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL


VENUE CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2017 FOR REFURBISHMENT.

See www.southbankcentre.co.uk for all the details.
 

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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.
 
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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. The Royal National Theatre next door charge less - the Royal Festival Hall must have their own postal zone to account for the difference.

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

By post, an "Upper Limit" cheque should be mailed to the box office. They do not want credit card details sent to them.

 

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.

 

 
 
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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

Stalls Rear Stalls Notes
CHOIR 

Layout:
These seats face the rest of the auditorium, behind the orchestra.

Divided into centre and two side blocks, all seats offer excellent sound and a good view of the conductor, but the backs of the heads of his orchestra.

Rows are stepped.

Seats here are sold only if choir or stage performers do not need the space.

Legroom:
G
ood in all seats for all but the tallest.

Row A usually has most space, as it is on stage level with nothing in front of it.

Choosing Seats in General:
Sit here for a cheap and good value concert experience - front and centre first.

General Hazard Notes:
The rest of the audience is facing you.

You may see only the backs of the performers.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.
 

STALLS

Layout:
Divided into a central and two side blocks by aisles.

The front section has a gentle rake (seats on steps to help see over rows in front) between each row.

Legroom:
Good in all seats for all but the tallest. Most in central row B (for non wheelchair users) and side row A when there is nothing in front of it.

Choosing Seats in General:
All seats offer a good view of the stage and good sound.

Choose seats in the centre block, numbered 14 to 26, before the side blocks when all seats in a row are the same price this maximises value for money.

Wheelchair users get prime room at the front of the stalls.

General Hazard Notes:
None.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.

 

REAR STALLS

Layout:
Divided into a central and two side blocks by aisles.

Steep rake, with steps between each row.

Legroom:
Good in all seats, best in rows A and AA.

Choosing Seats in General:
Rows BB to DD offer the best value.

Rear rows LL to QQ are some distance from the stage and are better value for orchestral concerts than ballet or other visual events. For the latter, pay the extra for the best view.

General Hazard Notes:
None.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.

 

 

Notes
Total 880 seats approx.

Air-conditioned auditorium.

Guide dogs welcome, hearing loop, all documents available in large print. Wheelchair access via stage door to decent seats in auditorium. Bring your violin and steal the show. Users get free car parking in centre car park. Unisex disabled toilet and two cubicles with handrails in the ladies too. Fuller details call the venue on 0844 875 0073 (select option 2) or Artsline 020 7388 2227, see www.artslineonline.com, email artsline@dircon.co.uk, or call the venue direct. 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.

Café, Bars and toilets shared with the Purcell Room

 

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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
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! The best route is as follows:

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 left, a mass of balconies with open space below them to your right. On one of the balconies, words spell out the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

Look to the left below them. Amongst the pillars are a pair of grey doors. Cross the area to them and go in. Up the stairs is the foyer of the venue.

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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 Station to the York road exit, or take this alternative route - CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY if you do so.

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 left, a mass of balconies with open space below them to your right. On one of the balconies, words spell out the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

Look to the left below them. Amongst the pillars are a pair of grey doors. Cross the area to them and go in. Up the stairs is the foyer of the venue.

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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  past the Festival Hall complex. Take the next staircase leading up. The foyer entrance is at the top, to your right.

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 first level, not 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 left again for the combined entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room just along the walkway.

 

Taxi:
A rank for Black taxis is at Waterloo Station - a fair distance from the venue. 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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