Concerts, Shows, Theatre
Looking for information on concerts, shows and theatre events at the Brunel Museum? The calendar is quieter than usual because of our major development improving access into the Thames Tunnel Shaft and creating a new gallery and performance space (read more about our plans here). Work onsite is well under way, and the chamber will open again in the New Year.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the blog for posts about events, the Midnight Apothecary will run once a month events through the Winter, our guided walks and boat trips happen every day, along with cafe gallery exhibitions and community events.
Saturday 6th February
Shards – Dissolve at Brunel Museum And Engine House
A tale of Victorian cruelty buried in the Chamber of Echoes. An evening of music, immersive performance and live art, held in the Brunel Chamber, the worlds first underground theatre built in 1825. The evening begins in our Winter Fire garden.
Tickets £25.00 per person
SEE16 Arts Festival
11 – 14 februarY
Miss Julie in the Thames Tunnel Shaft (theatre)
This Valentines’ weekend, during the SEE 16 Arts Festival, Alice Bird presents one of Scandinavia’s most famous sons, August Strindberg with his master work Miss Julie. Set in London’s most exciting new, site specific, underground venue. Three critically acclaimed actors breathe new life into a tale of love and loss with a fresh take on this timeless classic. Read more…
Tickets £11.75 (including booking fee) available here.
Midnight Apothecary Valentine’s Special
5.30 PM – 10.30 PM
Fireside merriment, midwinter cocktails and sizzling souvlaki and more. Inside the cosy Engine House, live music of the torchsong variety from the wonderful Nathan Osgood Trio. AND..quell your beating heart..an optional descent into Brunel’s dark, underground love cave for a reading of some salacious secret diaries and a love story. Read more…
Tickets £5.50 (including booking fee) available here.
The Tunnel of Love
12 NOON, 3PM, 5PM
Stoop through a short tunnel to descend into a subterranean amphitheatre half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe. An unusual tour based on history and Brunel’s first romance: a story of love and abandonment, revolution and constancy. Come hear the story in the world’s largest underground meeting hall for lovers.
Tickets: £5.50 (including booking fee) available here…
Beat of the heart, beat of the drum. The famous signature performance from the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the magic of the underground chamber.
Tickets: Free, no need to book
Around The World In 80 Ways!
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions), available here.
Saturday 16th April
Light on the Ledge
London-based singer-songwriter Julie McKee plays a special concert in the secret underground chamber, showcasing songs from her album. It is the first time the grand piano has ever been played in the museum’s refurbished tunnel shaft. Backing by string quartet and joined by the illustrious Alec Dankworth on bass and Julian Siegel on saxophone / clarinet.
“Her best tunes are the work of a musical cinematographer – one with little interest in the obvious shot.”
“Serious vocal chops and a flair for writing original songs.”
Tickets: £15 available here
20 – 21 April
Pop Up Opera: The Capulets and The Montagues by Bellini
Two star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet – find their worlds ripped apart amongst criminal warfare and bitter resentment, against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry.
Director James Hurley comments, ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ represents an exciting new direction for Pop-Up Opera and the company’s first ‘tragic’ opera. This production will bring Pop-Up’s audiences closer to the action than ever before.
Tickets: Buy tickets, or tickets with cocktails online here.
The Thames Tunnel Shaft is a huge underground chamber, half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, directly above the railway. Before the trains came, the shaft echoed with applause for acrobats, tightrope walkers and serenaders performing in the tunnel. Now the shaft is a unique and stunning concert venue. Time Out listed the shaft as one of ‘London’s magical music venues’ and Radio 4 described it as an ‘underground cathedral’ .
In the autumn and winter months concerts take place in the intimate setting of the museum itself. The museum has a wonderful acoustic, a lovely Bechstein grand piano and a welcoming bar!
Interested in performing at the museum?
Musicians interested in playing here, or those that have played here before and would like to return, are warmly invited to contact us. Our venues are also available for recordings and rehearsals: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.