Rachel Tucker at Crazy Coqs

Rachel Tucker returns to Crazy Coqs after a sell out last appearance in 2017.

Tucker recently reprised her role as Elphaba in London’s West End, as part of Wicked’s special 10th Anniversary cast, having also previously played the role to great acclaim in both London (where she holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role) and on Broadway.

Audiences can expect up close and personal performances of some classic jazz, soul, and musical theatre favourites, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

An Evening with Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson established herself as a household name in 1998 with the publication of her ground-breaking debut cookbook, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. Her engaging, conversational writing style, along with a relaxed approach to cooking has inspired a new generation of home cooks and today she has eleven bestselling books and several hit TV series to her name, making her a global food icon.

This autumn, come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nigella’s first book, as she talks about her life in food and what she’s cooking right now. Charming, witty and entertaining, Nigella will be interviewed by a range of authors, journalists and foodies during her tour, as we get to the heart of what it means to be an award-winning author, TV cook and all-round food enthusiast.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of fascinating conversation with the champion of home cooking.

Tickets for Dublin will go on sale in the near future.


Photo: Liz Seabrook

Michel Legrand and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

See legendary composer Michel Legrand perform and conduct 60 years of music and movies with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

For the first time in the UK, three-time Oscar winner and seven-time Grammy Award nominee Michel Legrand performs and conducts his most cherished film scores. Performing with the internationally renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a world-class rhythm section and special guests, the ensemble plays live to scenes from Legrand’s classic films.

Legrand’s impact on 20th century music cannot be overstated and this once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrates the unforgettable scores from The Umbrellas of CherbourgYentlSummer of 42, and Wuthering Heights.

The evening also features tributes to Jean-Paul Rappeneau (The ScoundrelA Matter of Resistance), Steve McQueen (The Thomas Crown AffairThe HunterLe Mans) and more.

Beginning his meteoric rise to fame as accompanist to Maurice Chevalier, Legrand went on to be at the forefront of the French New Wave, collaborating with Jean-Luc Goddard and Jacques Demy, with whom he invented a new genre of film music. His worldwide reputation was cemented with ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’ from The Thomas Crown Affair, and no other European composer has a filmography that includes Orson Welles, Marcel Carné, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison, Louis Malle, Andrzej Wajda, Richard Lester, and Claude Lelouch, to name just a few. His songs have been sung by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Liza Minnelli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and Barbara Streisand.

Join us for an evening of spellbinding music performed on an epic scale by some of the world’s most accomplished musicians.

The Philharmonia Orchestra: A French Film Spectacular

On Sunday 13th May from 6.30pm, Brasserie Zédel will welcome the return of the world-class Philharmonia Orchestra.

Following the overwhelming success of their previous two classical concerts at the restaurant, expect an unforgettable evening as one of the UK’s most celebrated musical ensembles perform in our own intimate setting.

Taking centre stage in the dining room, the 20-player ensemble will this time delight diners with the likes of Mozart and Debussy before performing familiar melodies from classic French films such as Amélie, Moulin Rouge and Chocolat.

An exclusive three-course meal will be served throughout the evening, including a choice of traditional French dishes such as ‘Salade d’Endives au Roquefort’, ‘Magret de Canard aux Légumes de Printemps’ and ‘Ile Flottante’.

Tickets are on sale now for £85 per person and include the three-course meal, a welcome glass of champagne, glass of wine and coffee.

Anthony Horowitz on James Bond

Join Anthony Horowitz in conversation as he discusses his new 007 novel and the explosive prequel to Casino RoyaleForever and a Day.

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK today. He has written over 40 books, including the bestselling Alex Rider series, about a teen spy, which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide.

Horowitz is also an acclaimed writer for adults, and worked with the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk (2011) and Moriarty (2014).

His stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders (2016), won critical acclaim and was followed by The Word is Murder (2017), the first in a series of detective novels.

In 2015, Ian Fleming Publications and The Ian Fleming Estate asked him to write a continuation James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis. His second Bond novel, Forever and a Day is published in May 2018.

An Evening with Gordon Brown

Hear Gordon Brown, the former prime minister, reflect on four decades on the front line of politics.

Southbank Centre’s literature and spoken word programme, in partnership with Fane Productions, presents former prime minister Gordon Brown in candid conversation with Sarah Brown.

Reflecting on over four decades in the world of politics, Brown discusses the turning points of his career and offers a behind-the-scenes account of the key events that have shaped our times.

As chancellor of the exchequer (1997 – 2007) and prime minister (2007 – 2010), Gordon Brown has been a towering figure in UK and global politics and was a key architect of the New Labour movement when the shape and nature of politics itself was changing dramatically.

Now, following the success of his recent bestselling memoir My Life, Our Times, he reflects honestly on the tumultuous events that have divided Britain. Few key figures are better placed to examine Britain’s future with Europe and its role on the world stage.

And few interviewers are better placed to ask personal and probing questions about the pivotal moments of his time in power than his wife Sarah Brown, who bore witness to his time in office and now heads up the global children’s charity Theirworld. Sarah Brown has previously spoken at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival and is a leading campaigner for global health and education.

Brown offers decisive and critical insights into the big question: What happens next?

He also comments on his remarkable career in this rare opportunity to hear a from a true political giant.

Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love LIVE

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, award-winning journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all.

Dolly’s powerful début book, Everything I Know About Love, intricately weaves together personal stories and satirical observations, and has struck a chord of recognition with women of every age.

Interviewed by fellow ‘Raging Pankhurst’ frontwoman and long-time collaborator, Lauren Bensted, the evening promises wildly funny, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. With a reading from the author herself, and your chance to ask Dolly your own searching questions, this is a night not to be missed.

Photo courtesy of Joanna Bongard

The Many Fictions of William Boyd

An evening with one of the master storytellers of our time.

William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest novel, LOVE IS BLIND – which will be published in September 2018.

Boyd has written fifteen novels — published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays.  That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career. Stories that not only include the inspiration for some of his most famous novels – Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress, to name but three — but also other matters arising from the business of writing for a living, and living for writing. Such as — an eleven-year lawsuit against his French publisher (for theft), the particular problems of trying to write a James Bond novel, and – perhaps the most perplexing of the many fictions Boyd has created – the history of his collaboration with David Bowie in the evolution of the entirely made-up American artist Nat Tate (1928-1960) and the art-world hoax that followed.

Expect a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.

There will be a book signing after each event.

The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival tickets will be on sale in the coming months.

Grayson Perry: Them & Us

Award-winning artist; Bafta-winning TV presenter; Reith Lecturer and bestselling author with traditional masculine traits including having the desire to “always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills”.

Grayson discusses “cultural divisions” in the topsy turvy world of Brexit, Trump and whatever else is thrown at us before November.

Join us for an intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes.

Sir Raulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously at Lyric Theatre, London

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.

Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis.

In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.

Join him in London for this very special evening.