Start planning now to get your culture fix in 2018 at the iconic venue…
What’s On in 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall?
The Royal Albert Hall in London’s South Kensington is the venue of choice for all manner of spectacles, concerts, sporting events, the ballet and just about everything in between. We take a look at what’s on at the iconic venue in 2018, so that you can start planning your day out now…
Headline Events to Book Now
The Royal Albert Hall is buzzing with all sorts of symphonic sounds.
Jools Holland and his Rythmn & Blues Orchestra
30 November – 1 December at Royal Albert Hall, 7:30-10:30 pm
Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to the Hall with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for two nights of jazz and blues. Performing tracks spanning his entire solo career, Jools will be joined by the supremely talented vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Tickets bookable at tickets.royalalberthall.com
A Christmas Carol – A Live Recital
5 December, 8 pm
As part of our Christmas Season, watch a unique presentation of Charles Dickens’ most beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, in the Elgar Room, blending his evergreen story with famous carols and evocative music. Performed to a rich musical accompaniment and filled with best-loved Christmas songs, this dramatic rendering of Dickens’s immortal tale is a unique fusion of words and music. Part concert and part play, this live recital captures all the wonder, pathos, joy, and spookiness of the Christmas classic. Tickets bookable at tickets.royalalberthall.com
A Charlie Brown Christmas with live jazz
14 December, 1 pm
As part of our Christmas Season, enjoy a festive family screening of 1965 classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, as they remind us what’s most important during the festive season! Introducing little ears to the jazzy sounds of the film, the screening will be followed by a performance from The Jason Frederick Cinematic Trio, who will draw upon the repertoire of Charlie Brown composer, Vince Guaraldi. Tickets bookable at tickets.royalalberthall.com.
Whose Line is it Anyway?
15 – Sunday 16 December 2018, 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 9:30pm
Legendary improv show Whose Line is it Anyway? comes to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 to celebrate its 30th birthday, with an exclusive run of three live festive shows! Highly-skilled and hilarious stars including Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Charles Esten, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, and Jeff Davis, together with multi-talented musicians Laura Hall and Linda Taylor, will join original host Clive Anderson on the Royal Albert Hall stage for classic and new improv games – some of which will involve participation from brave members of the audience… Whose Line Is It Anyway? offers a unique and entirely different show every night! tickets.royalalberthall.com
The Snowman and Paddington Bear
20 December 2018, 2:15 and 5pm
Delight your family with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children at the Royal Albert Hall, with the charming Paddington Bear’s First Concert and seasonal favourite The Snowman™. The first half of the concert features the score from Herbert Chappell’s Paddington Bear’s First Concert, performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and special guest narrator Stephen Mangan, who will bring the story to life. Join Paddington™ on a journey from his first meeting with the Brown family right up to making his conducting debut on one of the world’s most famous stages – here! In the second half of the concert, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ magical picture book The Snowman™. The enchanting animated film will be shown on the Hall’s big screen while Howard Blake’s heart-melting score, including the Walking in the Air song, is performed live. tickets.royalalberthall.com
Cirque Du Soleil – TOTEM
12 January – 26 February 2019, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with TOTEM! Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher…Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, and returning to London after record-breaking previous seasons, TOTEM is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages. Tickets bookable at tickets.royalalberthall.com.
Make an occasion of it by booking into CODA by Eric Chavot, the Royal Albert Hall’s fine dining restaurant and bar that opened last autumn. Michelin star-awarded chef Eric Chavot has created a menu of seasonal, French-inspired dishes to delight RAH ticketholders, who now make a ritual of heading there for an early supper before the evening’s entertainment. You can even order dessert and drinks which will be prepared in time for the first interval, so there’s no rush. With beautiful views of Kensington Gardens, the restaurant is located on the Rausing Circle and decked out with accents of lilac and grey, making it an elegant spot for a glass of pre-show champagne – but it’s worth taking the time to dine there. The prix fixe menu is extremely reasonable considering the quality of the cuisine. Highlights include the refreshingly tart sea bream ceviche to start, and a delicately seared piece of Brill atop squid ink linguine in a mustard velouté. 2 courses for £37.
For full event listings and further information, please visit royalalberthall.com
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