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Autumn 2021 Culture Round Up

September 9th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Autumn 2021 Culture Round Up

For the first time since March 2020, South Bank is back to being the cultural heart of London, with more shows, performances, gigs and exhibitions arriving this September and October. With so much going on, here's a round up of what you can get your teeth stuck into; whether it's theatre, live music, amazing art and exhibitions or all of them. It's been a long time coming, so we wouldn't blame you for wanting to dive into anything and everything you can!

  • Mixing It Up: Painting Today

    What? An exhibition of 31 artists whose works entrance, transfix and challenge us, Mixing It Up celebrates paintings that bring together diverse images and ideas.

    Where? The Hayward Gallery. Part of the Southbank Centre.

    When? 9 September to 12 December

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    Southbank Centre
  • Witness for the Prosecution

    What? This award winning, immersive adaptation of Agatha Christies play is back for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started. It's a gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.

    Where? Inside London County Hall's former debating chamber. Adding to the atmospheric courtroom setting.

    When? Witness for the Prosecution launches on September 14th with regular daily showings into 2022 and beyond.

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    Witness for the Prosecution
  • Purcell Sessions

    What? In a new year-round series, Southbank Centre invite artists to come together, create and play in the intimate setting of the Purcell Room.

    Where? The intimate Purcell Room space inside the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    When? A mixture of regular weekly performances kick off on 18 September.

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    Southbank Centre
  • Camp Siegfried

    What? Bess Wohl’s new play offers an intoxicating glimpse into infatuation and indoctrination in this world premiere production starring Patsy Ferran and Luke Thallon. Inspired by the real Camp Siegfried, which operated on New York’s Long Island in the 1930s.

    Where? The Old Vic.

    When? 7 September - 30 October.

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    The Old Vic
  • WIM WENDERS: PHOTOGRAPHING GROUND ZERO

    What? An exhibition of large scale photographs taken less than two months after the 9/11 attacks by Oscar nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders.

    Where? IWM London.

    When? 10 September to 9 Jan 2022.

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    IWM London
  • The Films of Saint Etienne.

    What? Sonic Cinema presents a fresh look at the films that feature the music of the much-loved musical trio and their collaborators.

    Where? BFI Southbank.

    When? Running throughout September and October.

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    BFI Southbank
  • Art By Post

    What? An exhibition is made up of more than 600 artworks made in the confines of people’s homes, in response to the artist-commissioned booklets, Art By Post, sent out as part of a scheme by the Southbank Centre to help those dealing with isolation during the first lockdown.

    Where? The Clore Ballroom on Level 2 of Royal Festival Hall, including additonal portraits along the riverside terrace.

    When? 20 September to 3 October.

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    Southbank Centre
  • GENERATIONS: PORTRAITS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

    What? Over 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families shine a light on the full lives they have lived and our collective responsibility to cherish their stories.

    Where? IWM London.

    When? Exhibition runs until January 2022.

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    IWM London
  • The Normal Heart

    What? Marking 35 years since its explosive UK premiere, Dominic Cooke (Follies) directs Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play about the American AIDS crisis. 

    Where? The Oliver Theatre at the NT.

    When? 23 September to 6 November. 

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    National Theatre
  • GERHARD RICHTER: DRAWINGS, 1999 – 2021

    What? Including several new series of experimental drawings, this exhibition – Richter’s first presentation in a major London gallery in a decade – brings together more than 60 works on paper made between 1999 and 2021.

    Where? The Hayward Gallery's free HENI Project Space.

    When? 9 September to 12 December.

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    Southbank Centre
  • ‘SHATTERING STEREOTYPES’ ACTIONAID’S WOMEN BY WOMEN EXHIBITION

    What? To celebrate women shattering stereotypes in front of and behind the lens, ActionAid  is launching its second Women by Women  photography exhibition at gallery@oxo.

    Where? gallery@oxo on the ground floor of Oxo Tower Wharf.

    When? 16 - 19 September.

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • The Charlie Phillips Archive

    What? Presenting a selection of British-Jamaican photographer Charlie Phillips’ work along with a film also featuring photographer Eddie Otchere. Phillips has been documenting life in the west London communities of Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill since the 1960s.

    Where? Archive Studio, Level 2 of Royal Festival Hall.

    When? Running until 17 October.

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    Southbank Centre
  • East is East

    What? Ayub Khan Din’s much-loved comedy drama, adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film, reopens the Lyttelton theatre as part of a 25th anniversary tour, directed by Iqbal Khan.

    Where? Lyttleton Theatre at the NT.

    When? 7 - 30 October.

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    National Theatre
  • ONE NIGHT LIGHT SHOW

    What? To mark the opening of Illuminated River’s three-day programme of events during Totally Thames festival, artist Leo Villareal will programme a mesmerising one-night only light show on all nine Illuminated River bridges, from London to Lambeth, including five bridges in South Bank.

    Where? All along South Bank. From Lambeth to Blackfriars Bridge.

    When? Thursday 23 September from 7pm to 2am.

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    The Illuminated River Project
  • Slavs and Tatars: Samovar

    What? Samovar (2021), is a large-scale sculpture by Slavs and Tatars that reflects on the multicultural and colonial histories of tea. Taking the form of an oversized inflatable water boiler, teapot and serving tray lodged into the side of the Hayward Gallery, the sculpture is titled after the eponymous tea brewer commonly found across Central Asia.

    Where? Outside the Hayward Gallery (you can't miss it).

    When? Until 14 November.

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    Southbank Centre
  • BFI London Film Festival 2021

    What? Oh you know, it's just the world famous London Film Festival, full of premiere's, screenings, talks, gala's and other special events.

    Where? With it's hub in BFI Southbank, this year the festival is expanding across South Bank's venues too, including XR (or virtual reality) shows in the National Theatre, Leake Street and Rambert Studios. 

    When? 6 to 17 October.

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    BFI Southbank
  • Manor

    What? Featuring Nancy Carroll (The Crown) as Diana and Shaun Evans (Endeavour) as Ted, Manor is a darkly comic new play by Moira Buffini (The DigHandbagged).

    Where? Lyttleton Theatre at the NT.

    When? 16 November to 11 Janaury.

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    National Theatre
  • The London Photo Show

    What? The London Photo Show brings together 60 outstanding photographers, and gives you the opportunity to see some original and remarkable photography.

    Where? Bargehouse. The exhibition space behind Oxo Tower.

    When? 11 - 14 November.

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    Bargehouse

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - Witness for the Prosecution

    London County Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 7PB

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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 5 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 6 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 7 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 9 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 10 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 11 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 12 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 13 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 14 - The Illuminated River Project

    Blackfriars Bridge to Lambeth Bridge

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  • 15 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 16 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 17 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 18 - Bargehouse

    Oxo Tower Wharf

    Bargehouse Street

    South Bank

    London SE1 9PH

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