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, former Sunday Times dating columnist and host of iTunes #1 podcasts, Love Stories and The High-Low, Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all.

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s bestselling début book, Everything I Know About Love, weaves together personal stories and satirical observations that resonate with women of every age.
Interviewed live on stage by best friend and long-time collaborator, Lauren Bensted, expect 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.


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 go on sale to the general public on 5th September 2018.

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.

An Evening with Margaret Atwood

Fane Productions present the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor in conversation at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for one night only. In this rare London appearance Atwood will discuss her works, which include her dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam, the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, recently made into a Netflix series, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Since its development into a television series, The Handmaid’s Tale has launched a cultural phenomenon, winning no less than eight Emmys along the way.

The evening will be hosted by The Guardian’s Lisa Allardice.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band 2018

Kansas Smitty’s House Band have spent the last year playing more music than ever before. Whether it’s a four-night sell-out residency at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a late-night tent takeover at Love Supreme, or a European road trip to Scandinavia, it all comes down to one thing; their unique brand of original music.

Music this good needs a place to live. That’s why the band run their own bar on Broadway Market, where they meet to record, play, drink, and entertain audiences. Fans leap at the chance to see the band in their rightful home, and their summer series of Basement Tapes shows sold out in days. As Cerys Matthews said, ‘they dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable’. What you can be sure of seeing the Kansas Smitty’s House Band is the electric atmosphere they bring to every stage. ​​​​

Gareth Malone and Friends Live in Concert at Curious Arts Festival

Following the resounding success of his recent tour dates Gareth simply can’t resist bringing his signature choral excitement to Curious Arts Festival!

Expect to see TV’s favourite choirmaster in his element as he curates an evening of music that truly matters to him. Gareth is excited to showcase his own written material alongside well-known classics distinctly arranged by Gareth, as well as repertoire from his TV series The Choir and a sing along the likes only Gareth can muster.

Join us for your chance to be part of this musical extravaganza, not to be missed.

Misha Glenny: McMafia

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk, Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century.

A passionate and humorous speaker, Glenny has travelled the world to expose the often-invisible super-smart criminals that populate his writings and broadcasts. This is a rare opportunity to hear a true expert take you into the minds of his underworld subjects and as executive producer and script consultant on the TV series, a chance to discover what it took to bring his extraordinary cast of characters to life on the small screen.

There will also be a book signing post event at each venue.