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  • Address:

    Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore
    SW7 2AP

  • Venue phone:

    020 7589 8212, bookings 020 7907 7071

  • Venue website:

    www.royalalberthall.com

  • Opening hours:

    Tours run daily 10.30am-4.30pm (Apr-Oct), 10.30am-3.30pm (Nov-Mar)

  • Transport:

    Tube: South Kensington

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An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

Musicals, Show tunes, Pop

Best known as Glinda in the original US production of 'Wicked', the American singer and actress Chenoweth drops in tonight for plenty of dramatic musical numbers. There's no support act, so you've got her to yourselves all evening.

An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth
  1. Sat Jul 12
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £35-£85
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Bellowhead

World, Folk

  • Critics' choice

Renowned duo Spiers and Boden and their excellent and exhilarating folk big band (there are 11 of them!) present an uproarious, brass-fuelled, funk-jazz-folk extravaganza. They're growing more popular every year, so join them tonight for a big old si...

Bellowhead
  1. Sun Apr 20
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, Shepherd's Bush, SW7 2AP
  3. £18.50-£24.50
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BLUESFEST: Sheryl Crow

Pop and rock, Blues, Country, Music festivals

Not under any circumstances to be confused with Cheryl Cole, US singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow brings her easygoing, upbeat strand of bluesy pop-rock to London to close the final date of Bluesfest. Though her blues chops are strong, Crow's songs are...

BLUESFEST: Sheryl Crow
  1. Fri Oct 31
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £20-£125
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Charles Aznavour

Vintage and oldies, Swing

As well as having released more than a hundred records since the early ’50s –he got his first break supporting Édith Piaf – octogenarian French-Armenian singer-songwriter Aznavour is the current Armenian ambassador to Switzerland. Tonight he'll be conducting...

Charles Aznavour
  1. Sun Jun 1
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £45-£125
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Chas & Dave

Rock 'n' roll

The Rockney singalong duo celebrate 50 years in the business with a big gig. They'll play all the hits – 'Margate', 'Rabbit', 'Gertcha' and more – as well as tracks from their brand new album 'That's What Happens'.

Chas & Dave
  1. Fri Apr 25
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £24.50, concs £23
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Classical Spectacular

Classical and opera, Things to do

Impresario Raymond Gubbay presents an all-you-can-eat menu of classical favourites: 'Nessun Dorma', 'Rule, Britannia!'; 'Land of Hope and Glory'; '1812 Overture' and many more, courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Choral Society under...

  1. Thu Nov 20 – Sun Nov 23
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £27.49-£66.25
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Classic FM Live: Grieg, Tchaikovsky + more

Classical and opera

Soprano Hayley Westenra, clarinettist Andrea Ottensamer, pianist Joseph Moog, Central Band Of The Royal Air Force, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Crouch End Festival Chorus, perform a selection of classical works including Grieg's Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky's...

  1. Tue Apr 29
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
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Coldplay

Categories, Pop and rock

  • Critics' choice

Recently 'consciously uncoupled' Chris Martin and his galaxy-conquering pop-rockers are back, playing a six-date world tour to launch their new album 'Ghost Stories'. From what we've heard it sees them go off on a (relatively) experimental R&B and electronica...

Coldplay
  1. Tue Jul 1
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £tba
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David Gray

Categories, Pop and rock

  • Critics' choice

The enormous success of his 'White Ladder' album in 1998 meant that throaty, head-wobbling singer-songwriter Gray was the man to blame for the early-noughties 'new acoustic movement'. That's all water under the bridge now, though – 16 years on from 'Babylon',...

David Gray
  1. Tue Jun 24
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £25-£49.50
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Eels

Alternative rock, Indie rock

  • Critics' choice

Mark Everett’s long-running alt rock project combines existential angst and melancholy with a catchy and intriguingly odd mix of alt pop, Waitsian blues, funky Beckisms and exploratory soundscaping. They’re here to play from their latest album ‘The Cautionary...

Eels
  1. Mon Jun 30
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, England, SW7 2AP
  3. £27.50-£32.50
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Elaine Paige

Show tunes, Pop

The award-winning musical theatre actress and singer does a 'farewell tour' – don't worry, she's only retiring. With 22 albums under her belt – the latest being last year's 'Elaine Paige and Friends' – and plenty of West End classics up her sleeve, she's...

Elaine Paige
  1. Mon Oct 20
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £25-£75
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BLUESFEST: Elvis Costello + Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames

Pop and rock, Blues, Music festivals

  • Critics' choice

After recent excursions including a tour with his band The Imposters, where the set list was decided every night with a giant Wheel of Fortune, and an album with The Roots, everyone's favourite grumpy, bespectacled new wave uncle returns to his own roots...

BLUESFEST: Elvis Costello + Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
  1. Wed Oct 29
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £20-£125
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Gary Barlow

Pop

  • Critics' choice

The Barlow renaissance continues with another run of huge dates. Having taken the place of music meanie Simon Cowell at the 'X Factor' judges' table, the dapper Take That crooner returned to solo performances in 2011 and has since picked up an OBE after...

Gary Barlow
  1. Tue Apr 22
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £36-£160
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George Benson

Jazz and experimental, Disco, Pop, Soul

  • Critics' choice

Both a wondrous jazz guitarist – formerly axeman to Miles Davis amongst others – and a jazz fusion and disco icon in his own right, Benson loads up on smooth classics like 'Never Give Up On a Good Thing' and 'Give Me the Night'.

George Benson
  1. Wed Jun 25
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £57.50-£75
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Gladiator Live

Things to do

For two nights only, relive the epic drama of Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' in the stunning setting of the Royal Albert Hall with a live score. The circular structure of the venue, which opened in 1871, was based on ancient Roman amphitheatres – the setting...

Gladiator Live
  1. Sat May 24 – Wed May 28
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £25-£65
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Imagining the Future of Medicine

Things to do

Comedian Dara O Brian hosts this event at the Royal Albert Hall to look at what lies in store for healthcare and medicine with TEDMED curator Jay Walker. The programme features provocative and inspiring talks on themes such as global medical innovation,...

  1. Mon Apr 21
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £7.10-£32.60
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James Taylor

Classic rock, Folk, Singer-songwriter

  • Critics' choice

The singer-songwriter and Laurel Canyon scenester returns to London with his band, performing his smash-hit 'Fire and Rain' and more of some of the hippy era's most beautiful songs.

James Taylor
  1. Tue Oct 7 – Wed Oct 8
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £40-£75
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Jeff Beck

Blues, Classic rock

British guitar ledge Beck drops in for his first London gig in yonks, mixing funk and jazz into the usual blues-rock melange with help from his four-piece backing band. You can bet safely on interminable wig-outs aplenty.

Jeff Beck
  1. Wed May 14
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £27.50-£43.50
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Joan Rivers – Before They Close the Lid Tour

Stand-up, Solo shows, Big-name talent

Joan Rivers – the grande dame of stand-up – is a true living comedy legend. At 79 years old (she doesn't look it, does she? Do you think she's had some work done?), she's showing no sign of old age and her bitchy machine-gun-paced attacks on celebrity...

Joan Rivers – Before They Close the Lid Tour
  1. Wed Oct 15 – Thu Oct 16
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £30-£47
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Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra/Marc Almond/Joss Stone

Big band, Mainstream jazz, Soul

Jools's guests tonight are Soft Cell man Almond and Devon soul singer Joss Stone.

Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra/Marc Almond/Joss Stone
  1. Fri Nov 28
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, England, SW7 2AP
  3. £19-£58
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Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra/Marc Almond/Joss Stone

Big band, Mainstream jazz, Soul

Jools's guests tonight are Soft Cell man Almond and Devon soul singer Joss Stone.

Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra/Marc Almond/Joss Stone
  1. Sat Nov 29
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, England, SW7 2AP
  3. £19-£58
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Julio Iglesias

Pop, Latin music

Lock up your mothers – the veteran Latin crooner, father of Enrique and former Real Madrid reserve goalkeeper is back in town. Things could get steamy as he airs such hits such as 'To All the Girls I've Loved Before', 'Yours' (he sings it 'Jaws') and...

Julio Iglesias
  1. Tue May 13 – Mon May 19
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £60-£90
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BLUESFEST: Level 42

Pop, Music festivals, Funk

Slap-bass master Mark King leads the latest incarnation of the blue-eyed funk boys, still featuring keyboardist Mike Lindup and nowadays with King's brother Nathan on guitar. They'll be cranking out '80s hits like 'Lessons In Love' and 'Running In The...

BLUESFEST: Level 42
  1. Sun Oct 26
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £34.50-£38.50
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Michael Bolton

Pop, Soul

The demulleted ’80s belter drops into London to plug his latest album, a collection of Motown covers called 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville'. He will, of course, be dropping some of his own past hits too, including 'How Am I Supposed...

Michael Bolton
  1. Thu May 22
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £27.50-£85, £189 VIP
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Neil Sedaka

Pop and rock

Veteran hitmaker Neil Sedaka hits London: prepare to revel in nostalgia and sing along to 'Oh! Carol' and 'Calendar Girl'. You never know, he might even play a couple from his 2009 kids' album, 'Waking Up is Hard to Do' – but then he's got a huge back...

Neil Sedaka
  1. Thu Oct 23
  2. Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
  3. £37.50-£57.50
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lee miles

I agee the AH is not the best for sound although its better than it used to be before the hanging baffles were installed . However nothing in london has the same atmosphere as the Albert Hall it seems to have a buzz all its own with a unique feel of closeness to the action that no concert hall i have been can match. Imho the greatest concert venue in the world dispite any accustic failings.

Amie McBye

It was a dark Halloween night last Thursday that I found myself sat at the Albert Hall waiting for the emergence of former Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant. The audience were excitable in anticipation, and thankfully there was nothing gloomy about the performance. Rivalling Brain May for the best hair in rock, Plant appeared ready to have a fine time. The wonderfully gifted voice that Plant has possessed since the ‘60s was in fine form, having matured with age and showcasing rich tones that blended so well with the mix of rock, blues and African rhythms vibrating around the hall to much applause. The appearance of the Gambian musician Juldeh Camara added to the layers of high quality musicianship that the band (which featured musicians from Bristol and Liverpool) had in droves. A friend had told me that he had seen Plant play on tour with Alison Krauss last year and that he looked tired and thought that he may be finding it hard to keep up. I have to say the opposite was true here; it is possible that Plant’s decision to not make another album with Krauss after all their success (winning 5 Grammys for their album ‘Raising Sand’ as well as much acclaim)and instead pursue working on something different to keep music fresh and interesting for him seemed to be paying off. While a lot of his peers look tired and worn with their best days behind them, he looked fitter and stronger than he has in the last few years and he was flying around the stage, throwing the microphone around with ease and prowling around with an unbelievably menacing presence; and who wouldn’t feel 10 feet tall with such a remarkable voice? I could have closed my eyes and believed that the man on stage was the Plant of old not a man of pensionable age. He seems to be enjoying the aging process (‘I can travel for free now’) as well as the music more than ever. ‘This is an invigorating time for me’. Quite. The quality of the band was obviously helping to keep him on his toes and he looked to be having the time of his life, and wonderfully, so were we. With the music ranging from old blues classics to Led Zeppelin numbers (which were met with roars of approval), it all blended in together beautifully. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ , ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’ and other classics went down a storm and Plant looked like he could continue all night. Despite finishing at 10 minutes past midnight (leaving most struggling to make the last tube home) I think we would have all quite happily stayed all night for a lock in. Greedy yes, but it truly would have been heavenly. Trick or treat? Treat definitely. A really thrilling night out. Rating; 10/10