Southbank Centre welcomes audiences back with Summer Reunion programme
The Southbank Centre has announced a full four-month reopening programme, Summer Reunion. The packed programme features ballet, classical music, contemporary music, literature, poetry and visual art. The Hayward Gallery welcomes visitors back on Wednesday 19 May with free weekend entertainment outside the Royal Festival Hall from Friday 21 – 23 May. The Royal Festival Hall will reopen on Friday 28 May with socially-distanced performances in line with government guidance, including the return of the Royal Philharmonic orchestra. The National Poetry Library will also open on 28 May with the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is also set to open this summer.
To mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall, a specially-commissioned poem about the venue by Theresa Lola (the 2019/2020 Young People’s Laureate for London) is to be filmed and released worldwide on 3 May. In addition, the free Riverside Terrace Stage programme will run for 15 consecutive weekends from 21 May – 30 August. The Southbank Centre has also announced the summer return of the English National Ballet who will play the Royal Festival Hall for the first time since 2017 with a two week programme of repertoire highlights in ‘Solstice’ (16 – 26 June).
There will be a full range of COVID safety precautions including QR codes at entrances linked to NHS Test and Trace, reduced visitor numbers, social distancing, wearing face coverings, physically distanced seating, fresh air circulation measures and regular and thorough cleaning. A full list of the precautions as well as the complete Summer Reunion line-up can be found at www.southbankcentre.co.uk/