Michael Morpurgo & Friends: An 80th Birthday Celebration

Michael Morpurgo & Friends: An 80th Birthday Celebration

This show is no longer running at Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Join Michael Morpurgo, one of the nation’s most beloved storytellers, as he celebrates his 80th birthday in aid of Farms for City Children, the charity he founded almost 50 years ago with his wife Clare.

Hosted by broadcaster and friend Clare Balding, in this exclusive event Michael will share the stories, the inspirations behind his most beloved characters and the poignant themes that resonate through his narratives as well as the lessons learned in a 50-year long career in storytelling.

Discover how a young boy seemingly uninterested in literature ended up becoming Children’s Laureate, writing over 150 books for children and adults including War Horse, The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful, and so many more now classic tales that have touched the hearts of millions around the world.

Expect an afternoon packed with insights, clips and readings from his most treasured works read by special guests including Jenny Agutter and Lemn Sissay, with more guests to be announced soon, as well as live music from War Horse Songman Ben Murray. This will be an occasion to ignite your imagination and leave you with a renewed appreciation for the power of storytelling.


Prices displayed include an online per ticket booking fee. All prices include a £1.70 restoration levy.

Show starts at 2:30pm

Our range of experiences are perfect for special occasions like birthdays, family celebrations, or a treat for yourself. Simply take a look through our extra-special offers, pick the experience that’s perfect for you, and we’ll take care of the rest.

The prices below do not include the price of the seat ticket. 


£35 per person

  • A reserved table in our VIP Bar, available 60 minutes before the show and during the interval.
  • Two drinks per person, including house wines, beers, single spirit mixers and soft drinks.
  • Savoury bar snacks and nibbles


Pre-show and interval drinks include 2 x 175ml glass of house wine, any beer, single spirit mixer or soft drink. Alcohol can only be served to and consumed by persons aged 18 years and over. Please ask a member of staff for details about any food allergens. See website for full terms and conditions. Please drink responsibly.

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