Make Southbank Centre your festive treat this Christmas.
Whether you enjoy a classic Yuletide infused with the scent of mulled wine and the sounds of carols by candlelight, or fancy a magical adventure into Hansel and Gretel’s eerie forest, there seems to be something for everyone at Southbank Centre.
Check out some of our personal highlights below:
Paul Morley presents This Time of the Year
Friday 10 December 2010
Purcell Room, 7.45pm
Paul Morley dons his Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater and talks about his favourite Christmas music, from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Low, Phil Spector to Aimee Mann, Brook Benton to Bob Dylan, Donny Hathaway to Wizzard, and Spike Jones to Cyndi Lauper. What is it about Christmas that can bring out the best – and worst – in a musician? Special guests, including Rachel and Becky Unthank, perform their favourite Christmas songs.
Hansel & Gretel presented by Kneehigh
Tuesday 16 December – Sunday 2 January 2010
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2pm, 7pm, 7.30pm (times vary according to date)
Three more shows added to the Hansel & Gretel run at the Queen Elizabeth Hall this Christmas. Presented by the renowned Kneehigh theatre company, the show is an imaginative re-telling of the classic tale, featuring a world of darkness, wit and wonder, lively music and the most amazing gadgets and gismos. A feast of classic Kneehigh storytelling that is perfect for young and old. Before the main show, audiences can come early and explore The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall which is turned into a gingerbread dream.
Tickets: £27.50 £25.00 £22.50 £20.00 £15.00
Peter & The Wolf Live – Narrated by Jarvis Cocker with the Philharmonia Orchestra and text by Simon Armitage
Tuesday 29 & Thursday 30 December 2010
Royal Festival Hall, 2pm & 4pm
Legendary musician Jarvis Cocker has just been confirmed as the narrator for Peter & the Wolf Live – a magical musical and cinematic experience for the whole family in which the stunningly beautiful Oscar®-winning film Peter & the Wolf brings to life Prokofiev’s classic introduction to the orchestra through the enthralling story of a brave boy called Peter and his quest to defeat the Wolf. Southbank Centre presents Peter & the Wolf Live in association with Breakthru Films.
Tickets: £50 £35 £26 £19 £14