Next Tuesday, 12 May, it’s not only the last concert of our London season, it’s also our last concert in our main venue, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, for two whole years.While we love our venue, it must be admitted it’s been looking a little tired around the edges of late, and particularly backstage. So it’s shutting for a major refurbishment and overhaul, scheduled to take 2 years. After the work is done you’ll find a much enhanced venue with a new air-cooling system, refurbished auditoriums that preserve the original character of the building, new technical facilities and, out in the foyer, a new ceiling and glazed riverside frontage as well refurbished ticket desk, cloakroom and toilets.
Of course the big question is whether the seats will retain their famed ‘whoopee cushion’ noise after all the work is done… (if you’ve not experienced this try sitting down suddenly on some of the seats).
While the Queen Elizabeth Hall is closed our smaller concerts will be moving, along with other classical programming that would usually be in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, across the river, to St John’s Smith Square. Our larger concerts will continue to take place at the Royal Festival Hall and events at St John’s can be booked through the Southbank Centre website in the usual way.
Ok, to be pedantic our actual last concert is The Night Shift on the same evening. Details.