The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London, overlooking Hyde Park. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1971, the world's leading artists from many performance genres have appeared on its stage. Their presence has made this place one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings.
Over 350 performances are conducted at the RAH every year, attracting countless visitors to this hall, says an official at Hotel Lily, one of the budget hotels in Wembley. The hall can currently seat 5,400 people, but when it was first built, it could accommodate 8,000 people. Its pipe organ is the largest in England, with 9,999 pipes. To enjoy concerts and football matches on the same visit, check into hotels near Chelsea football ground for easy access.
5 Shows to Look Forward to at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017
1. Amalua by Cirque du Soleil
This show, born in Canada, has made a name for itself the world over for its circus troupe. The show premiered in Montreal in 2012, after which it came to Royal Albert Hall to mark Cirque de Soleil's twentieth anniversary at the venue. It is loosely based on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', with shades of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. The show follows the trials of Miranda, daughter of the sorceress Prospero, and the shipwrecked Romeo, as they fall in love on the island of Amaluna. The multi-level set, with its massive, peacock feather-like fronds at an epic scale will never disappoint the audience.
2. Russell Howard's Round the World
Hyperactive comedy superstar Russell Howard is embarking on his biggest ever world tour, inventively titled 'Round the World', taking in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. And for his London stint, the Bristolian arena-filler is playing a whopping ten-night run at the Royal Albert Hall. Russell is a fast-talking charmer and is one of the friendliest comics around, moving from topic to topic with effortless ease. He loves to examine life's simple pleasures, tell stories about his mad mum and basically fool around like a cheeky teenager.
3. Classical Spectacular
The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in March 2-17, with a brand new programme. They'll incorporate the best classical music and state of the art technology to electrify the multi-coloured laser displays. And the famous thundering finale to the music promises to be bigger and more thrilling than ever before!
4. Alison Balmson and Friends
Alison is one of Britain's most beloved classical musicians and trumpet-player. She is returning to the Royal Albert Hall for Alison Balsom and Friends. The programme will feature performances with world class organist David Goode on the Royal Albert Hall's 9,999 pipe organ, along with a world premiere performance of music for turntables and trumpet by Gabriel Prokofiev.
5. Lang Lang
He is a world-famous piano superstar and will return to London with an intimate in-the-round concert to play two recitals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017, on March 13 and 15. The celebrated pianist is known to bring his own ingenuity and flair to the classics
This list is just the beginning. More shows are to come through the year. If you want to make the most of these shows, make sure you stay at a hotel near Chelsea football ground, Earls Court Exhibition Centre & Olympia Exhibition Centre for easy access to all such shows.