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Royal Albert Hall

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  • South Kensington
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Night Time Queue at the Royal Albert Hall

Time Out says

Built as a memorial to Queen Victoria's husband in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall's vast rotunda was once described by the monarch as looking like 'the British constitution'. It has been the venue for the (now BBC) Proms since 1941, despite acoustics that do orchestras few favours. The Royal Albert Hall's splendid exterior is matched by the regal red-and-gold interior which is crowned by a domed stained-glass skylight. Occasional classical concerts are held throughout the year – look out for recitals on the Willis pipe organ. Other key events in its calendar include pop and comedy gigs (including the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows), and circus extravaganzas from the likes of Cirque du Soleil.

In addition to seasonal tours during the Proms, the RAH has launched daily Secret History Tours, which draw on a rich seam of stories about London's largest hall for hire and offer access to areas not normally open to audiences.

For a full list of events taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, check their website or click the 'book online' button. 


Kensington Gore
Tube: South Kensington
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Tours run most days from 9.30am-4.30pm, but check website for details.
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Cirque du Soleil: ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’ review

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Circuses

Legendary Canadian circus company Cirque Du Soleil knows how to put on a spectacle. And its thirty-fifth show – making its European premiere at their traditional London stomping ground of the Royal Albert Hall – is no different. ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’ is a lavishly designed (by Stéphane Roy) ode to the Victorian Age of Wonder. It makes full use of the height and scale of the Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium to surreally evoke the period’s heady collision of imagination and technological advances. There’s a beautifully realised steampunk edge to the various contraptions and robots on stage. It’s a vision in bronze hues of our first steps towards flight and the flickering lights of early cinema. However, fully grasping the underlying narrative definitely needs a flick through the show’s programme. The Seeker – a scientist-like character who looks like he’s stepped out of a Pee-wee Herman film – wants to unlock the secrets of his cabinet of curiosities. After essentially giving himself an electric shock, the inhabitants of ‘Curiosistan’ appear on a locomotive and do their weird and wonderful thing. It’s a novel approach by Michel Laprise, who has progressed from Cirque Du Soleil performer to this show’s writer and director. It’s something of a shame, then, that it takes a little while for the wow-factor to really kick in. There are some inventive performances at the start, like Anne Weissbecker’s aerial acrobatics on a bicycle and comic Facundo Giminez’s ‘invisible’ cir

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