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Home Lad, Home: The War Horse Story

12pm

St. Barbe Museum, Lymington

A special exhibition marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Home Lad, Home follows horses from peacetime occupations to the Remount Depots and active service, as depicted in paintings by Lucy Kemp-Welch, Cecil Aldin, Lionel Edwards, Algernon Talmage, Lady Butler and Edwin Noble. It reveals the contribution of horses to the war effort in a remarkable and moving story.

Young artists at Priestlands School are creating their own responses to the themes of the exhibition and the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, which is coming to the Mayflower Theatre. The students’ work will be included within the exhibition, alongside newly commissioned pieces by resident artist James Aldridge.

How to book

Book online at www.st-barbe-museumn.org

War Horse (Touring)

12am

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Festival Theatre, Malvern

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

Bowood House Gala Dinner

7:30pm

Bowood House

The acclaimed author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo will be the Guest Speaker at April’s very special gala dinner to be hosted by Wiltshire’s Bowood House near Calne, home to the descendants of the 1st Earl of Shelburne and the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne since 1754.

Tickets to attend the Black Tie dinner are priced at £150 per person to include the Champagne and Canape reception, the three course dinner accompanied by wines, soft drinks and coffee, as well as a pre-signed copy of a Michael Morpurgo book for each guest.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to ‘Farms For City Children’ (www.farmsforcitychildren.co.uk) - the charity that Michael Morpurgo set up in 1976 with his wife, Clare.

How to book

For enquiries about the Michael Morpurgo dinner at Bowood House on Friday 25th April and/or to reserve a table of 10 or individual tickets, please call the Bowood Estate Office on 01249 812102, e-mail reception@bowood.org or visit: www.bowood.org/events

I Believe In Unicorns

12am

Borehamwood

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books.

How to book

www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

I Believe In Unicorns

2pm

Stevenage Library

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books.

How to book

www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

War Horse (Touring)

12am

Sunderland Empire Theatre, Dublin

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

I Believe In Unicorns

12am

Royston

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books.

How to book

www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

I Believe In Unicorns

2pm

St Albans Library

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books.

How to book

www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

I Believe In Unicorns

12am

Maldon Family Theatre

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books.

How to book

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Opera House, Manchester

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.atgtickets.com

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Repetory Theatre, Birmingham

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

War Horse (Touring)

12am

Alhambra Theatre & Studio, Bradford

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

No Glory

7pm

Charleston Festival

Charleston was established as a haven for writers and artists who were conscientious objectors in WWI. It is fitting that we commemorate the anniversary of the Great War with a talk by one of our best loved writers, Michael Morpurgo, titled: Dulce et Decorum Est (from the Wilfred Owen poem).

The best-selling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful will share stories and poetry from the First World War. ‘It is the stories of these individuals, historical and fictional, that enable us to understand something of how it was for them’ – Michael Morpurgo. Chaired by Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

How to book

Book online

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

War Horse

5:30pm

Hay Festival

Discover how Olivier and Tony Award-winning Rae Smith’s designs for the internationally-acclaimed theatre production of War Horse were originally created and watch as she brings her illustrations to life, in an on-stage demonstration of her work. The author reads extracts from his beloved novel and shares personal insights into the extraordinary journey from page to stage, from early National Theatre workshops through to international acclaim.

How to book

Book online

Private Peaceful Tour

12am

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

War Horse (Touring)

12am

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

Private Peaceful Tour

5:08pm

Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Most suitable for ages 8+
WRITTEN BY
Michael Morpurgo

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY
Simon Reade

How to book

Book online at www.cambridgeartstheatre.co.uk

War Horse: Only Remembered

4pm

Beverley Folk Festival

Author Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply-moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Seen through the eyes of Joey who witnesses the pity of war on both sides of the trenches as he moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to the devastation of the Western Front in the First World War.

Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany him with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.

How to book

Book online at www.beverleyfestival.com

War Horse (Touring)

12am

The Lowry, Salford

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com

War Horse (Touring)

12pm

The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

How to book

Book online at www.warhorseonstage.com