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  • Frank Bruno

    20 November 1991

    On 20 November 1991, Frank Bruno won his heavyweight match against the Dutchman John Emmen in the first round with a knockout. He first fought at the Hall in 1982.

  • Frank Sinatra

    May 1992

    Frank Sinatra seen here on his final visit to the Hall in May 1992 aged 76. He first came in 1975 to what he was fond of calling Francis Albert Hall.

  • The interior of the Organ


    The interior of the organ, before the two year restoration project which  commenced in 2002.

  • Luciano Pavarotti

    1 May 1995

    Luciano Pavarotti in Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' with the full cast, chorus  and orchestra of The Royal Opera House. He returned a week  later to perform in a gala celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Red Cross.

  • Cirque du Soleil 'Saltimbanco'


    Cirque du Soleil began their association with the Hall in 1996 with 'Saltimbanco', pictured. Cirque du Soleil use no animals but combine theatre, dance and acrobatics to create magical stories.

    They have since brought other shows here, including the European premiere of 'Dralion' in 2004 and the UK premiere of 'Varekai' in 2008.

  • 101 Dalmatians Film Premiere

    4 December 1996

    For the premiere of Walt Disney's film '101 Dalmatians', the exterior of the Hall was covered in Dalmatian type spots.

  • BAFTA Awards Ceremony

    29 April 1997

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards Ceremony on 29  April 1997 compered by Lenny Henry. The winning film was 'The English  Patient'.

  • The Princess of Wales pays her last visit to the Hall

    3 June 1997

    On 3 June 1997 the Princess of Wales paid her last visit to the Hall, as Patron  of English National Ballet, to see Swan Lake. She is seen here being greeted  by Harry Gould, then President of the Corporation.

  • 'Music for Montserrat'

    15 September 1997

    'Music for Montserrat' was a fundraising concert  organised by George Martin, producer of the Beatles records. He had a  recording studio on Montserrat used by Elton John, the Rolling Stones and  others, and when the island was hit by a hurricane he gathered together Mark  Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John to  raise aid for the islanders.

  • Removing the Statue of Prince Albert


    In 1998 the statue of Prince Albert from the Memorial to the Exhibition of 1851  was removed for cleaning and conservation, as part of the Hall's South Steps  redevelopment plans.

  • Madam Butterfly

    February & March 1998

    The first season of Madam Butterfly in February/March 1998; a spectacular 'in  the round' production, where the Hall was transformed into a Japanese water  garden. It has returned regularly to the Hall.

  • Puccini's Tosca 'in the round'

    February 1999

    Puccini's Tosca performed 'in the round' in English,  with Susan Bullock and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

  • 'Concert for Linda'

    10 April 1999

    'Concert for Linda' was a tribute to the late Linda McCartney,  organised by her friends Chrissie Hynde and Carla Lane, and featured Tom  Jones, Elvis Costello, George Michael and Paul McCartney.

  • Bill Gates at the Institute of Directors Annual Conference

    28 April 1999

    The Institute of Directors Annual Conference has been held at the Hall since  1961. On 28 April 1999 Bill Gates appeared live on a satellite link from  America.

  • Elton John at 'The Equality Show'

    28 November 1999

    Elton John at 'The Equality Show', celebrating 10  years of working for lesbian and gay equality.

  • First Teenage Cancer Trust concert

    27 November 2000

    The first Teenage Cancer Trust concert, organised by Roger Daltry and featuring The Who. The concerts are now in their 10th year. Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.

  • Access


    By 2002, with access for disabled customers being seen as a priority, the Hall could offer ramp access through many of the entrance  doors, accessible seating in the Stalls, Circle, Boxes and Gallery, audio descriptions on selected performances and an infra-red system in the  auditorium. The Hall is constantly improving access for all its customers.

  • Premiere of the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’

    18 November 2002

    The premiere of the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, attended by its stars Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Madonna, and a host of celebrities including all of the former James Bonds with the exception of Sean Connery – 18 November 2002.

  • Concert for George

    29 November 2002

    Concert for George was a celebration of the life of George Harrison who had died exactly one year previously. His friends Eric  Clapton, Jools Holland, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others got together to play his music and pay their respects.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    26 June 2003

    J K Rowling launched her book 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' on 26 June 2003. She was interviewed by Stephen Fry, then read extracts of her book to an audience of over 4000 school children.