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Dates for your diary

Forthcoming public appearances, functions and events.

An Elephant in the Garden

2:45pm

See below for venues, dates and times

1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

by Michael Morpurgo
adapted and directed by Simon Reade
performed by Alison Reid

Poonamallee Productions is remounting this hugely successful show which was first performed at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter and The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.

“This is masterful storytelling by all concerned and a gem of a standout
performance”  StageTalk Magazine

How to book

London, Vault Festival, Waterloo Sat Jan 30 and Sun Jan 31, 2.45pm Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Feb 1, 7pm and Feb 2, 1.30pm London, Vault Festival, Waterloo Sat Feb 6, 2.45pm and Sun Feb 7, 2.45pm Bristol Old Vic Studio February 9th - 13th, 3pm (7pm on Fri) Aberystwyth Arts Centre Tue Feb 16, 2pm

Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

12am

V&A

Delve into the world of plays, musicals and productions to explore the craft and collaboration that creates spectacular international theatre. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards in April 2016, Curtain Up showcases material from multi-award-winning productions and highlights outstanding theatre practitioners. Through this theatrical experience by acclaimed stage designer Tom Piper, Curtain Up invites you to glimpse behind the scenes and immerse yourself into the world of artistic collaboration to discover how all aspects of a production come together in great theatre. Find yourself on stage with Joey from War Horse and see the award statuettes up close with a spotlight on the Olivier Awards themselves.

How to book

Find out more at www.vam.ac.uk

Michael Morpurgo and David Walliams

4pm

Imagine Children's Festival, Royal Festival Hall

For the first time ever, two of the most popular children’s authors appear together in Royal Festival Hall.

Hear from both David Walliams and Michael Morpurgo in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

For ages 4 – 12

How to book

Book online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk

I Believe in Unicorns - Post show Q and A with Michael Morpurgo

11am

Imagine Children's Festival, Royal Festival Hall

Enter a library of books that hold more than just stories within their covers…

This intimate theatrical show tells the tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady.

An enchanting interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imaginations of young and old minds alike. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas on his revelatory journey.
This performance will include a post-show discussion with Michael Morpurgo. There is also a book swap integral to the show. Audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children’s book and swap it for another at the end.

Ages 6+

How to book

Book online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Where My Wellies Take Me

2pm

The Lowry

Based on Clare and Michael Morpurgo’s book, Where My Wellies Take Me follows Pippa, its 8 year old heroine, on a May Day ramble through local woods, farms and fields. A celebration of nature and the English countryside, it interweaves poems and songs that evoke the seasons and animals with Pippa’s lively comment about the people and places that she finds wherever her wellies take her.

A performance in words and music from Michael Morpurgo with Natalie Walter and Voices at The Door (Coope, Boyes and Simpson with Jo Freya, Fi Fraser and Georgina Boyes).

In aid of Farms for City Children

How to book

Book online at www.thelowry.com

War Horse: Only Remembered

7:30pm

The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

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.rosestheatre.org

Barnes Children's Literature Festival

10:30am

Barnes SW13. Over the bridge. By the river. On the pond.

The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival will be returning to southwest London for its second year, with twice as many events to make it London’s largest dedicated children’s book festival.The festival will be launched at a special event with much-loved bestseller and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, on Saturday 7th May.

How to book

Book online at www.barneskidslitfest.org

Brighton Festival

6pm

Brighton

How to book

Book online at www.brightonfestival.org

Running Wild

12am

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

By Michael Morpurgo
In an adaptation by Samuel Adamson

For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn’t just a holiday. It’s a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit. Charging deep into the jungle Oona escapes the beach, but with her rider still clinging on, Will must now learn to survive the rainforest – and he is not alone.

In a new adaptation by Samuel Adamson, Michael Morpurgo’s novel is one “that you know from the start is going to break your heart” (Times).

Running Wild is directed by Artistic Director Timothy Sheader and original Chichester director Dale Rooks, with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse.

A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment.

How to book

Book online at www.openairtheatre.com

Hay Festival

12am

How to book

Find out more www.hayfestival.com

Hay Festival

12am

Hay Festival

How to book

Find out more www.hayfestival.com

War Horse on Stage

7pm

See below for venues and tour dates

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

How to book

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse, begins a major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017. War Horse will then tour to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October - 11 November 2017), the Empire Theatre, Liverpool (15 November – 2 December 2017), New Theatre, Oxford (13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January – 10 February 2018), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (14 February – 10 March 2018) and the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018). Tickets go on sale to the public at each venue on 8 February 2016.