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Virginia Mckenna: Lions, Camera, Action!£12.50

Virginia has led a remarkable life. Films like A Town Like Alice, The Smallest Show on Earth, and Carve Her Name with Pride made her a star, and appearing opposite Yul Brynner in the West End adaptation of The King and I won her awards. Then, she and her husband Bill Travers made Born Free – and it changed their lives. Virginia became a star conservationist in real life, and the much loved story of Elsa the lioness prompted the duo to set up Zoo Check and later the Born Free Foundation.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Wednesday October 04 - 12:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Prue Leith: A Relished Return£12.50

No one was better qualified to step into the Great British Bake Off than Prue. As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and businesswoman she played a key role in the revolution of Britain’s eating habits. Then in 1995, having published twelve cookbooks, she gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction – and with great success, most recently in her Food of Love series. A real Festival favorite returns to reflect on her wonderful life with her newly republished autobiography, Relish.
Sponsored by Freeths LLP

Wednesday October 04 - 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Michael Frayn and Barney Norris: Masters of Stage and Page£10

Two writers with the rare achievement of near-universal acclaims for both their plays and novels. Michael – whose credits include Noises Off, Clockwise, Copenhagen and Whitbread Best Novel, Spies – has just published Pocket Playhouse, 36 comic sketches that are a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire. After two plays and a book of poetry, Critics Circle winner Barney’s first novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain was released to acclaim last year.

Saturday October 07 - 03:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Alison Steadman: Spider!£10

Join national treasure Alison at this very special event with her debut children’s book, Spider! Meet Rafael, who hates spiders… until he really gets to know one! Find out from one of our best loved actors how he makes a new hairy, eight-legged friend. Bring your placards and protest for spiders at this hilarious, action-packed event!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Includes a copy of Spider! RRP £6.99

Saturday October 07 - 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Miles Jupp£12.50

He has dazzled Henley before and returns, fresh from a nationwide stand-up tour, with Eggs and Soldiers: the childhood memoir of his comic creation, food writer Damien Trench, as featured in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen. One of our most talented and amusing writers and performers, the host of The News Quiz explains the bizarre childhood of a culinary phenomenon and much more besides.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Saturday October 07 - 07:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

QI: 1,423 Facts to Bowl You Over£10

Since first airing in 2003, QI has provided not only 14 highly rated BBC series but also very popular live shows, apps, a Telegraph column – and sold over three million books. To discuss the latest, we are joined by QI creator John – who also produced television greats from To the Manor Born and Spitting Image to Blackadder and Have I Got News for You – as well as two of QI ‘s research ‘elves’, James Harkin and Anne Miller. Certain to be more than quite interesting…

Saturday October 07 - 09:00 pm
Town Hall

Michael Pennington: King Lear in Brooklyn£10

One of our leading Shakespearean actors steps onto the stage of the Kenton Theatre to talk about portraying King Lear in Brooklyn. One of the founders of the English Shakespeare Company tells about the play from the point of view of Lear himself. Michael has travelled the world as actor and director over the last 50 years as well as starring in Return of the Jedi and The Iron Lady. A theatrical event not to be missed.

Sunday October 08 - 11:00 am
Kenton Theatre

Johnny Ball: Wonders Beyond Numbers£10

Numbers have made Johnny’s name – and seen him become one of our most beloved broadcasters of the last 40 years. He loves mathematics so much that, in Wonders Beyond Numbers, he has written its history. His aim is to inspire people to see maths as fun and stimulating. Let him, in his unique way, convince you that numbers – and how they have developed – enhance our lives.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 01:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Armando Iannucci£12.50

He is the brains behind much of the best comedy of the last two decades – everything from Alan Partridge and The Thick of It to Veep to the much-anticipated Death of Stalin – and he has emerged as one of our funniest and most passionate political commentators on Twitter. Now, in Hear Me Out, Armando reveals a love of music ranging from Beethoven and Mahler to contemporaries such as Philip Glass and John Adams. Entertaining, amusing and insightful, he approaches music as a curious amateur rather than technical expert.

Sunday October 08 - 03:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Michael Parkinson£12.50

A chance to hear from a broadcasting icon. Interviewed by his son Mike, Parky looks back on a career which saw him interview many of the 20th-century’s most important cultural figures, from Bing Crosby and Orson Welles to Bette Davis and George Best. Among the most riveting and entertaining of all television interviews was when Sir Michael sat opposite Muhammad Ali. They eventually appeared together four times, and in his latest book we get a ringside view as Parky recalls the great moments with this funny, articulate and outspoken boxer who passed away last year.
Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

June Sarpong£10

Awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity, June’s 20-year career has included T4, Loose Women and hosting Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park. Now, in Diversify, she examines how division limits our society, and provides six simple steps to help overcome prejudice. June gives a fierce, accessible and comprehensive guide to the ways in which a more open society means a more successful one, and why we can live without prejudice – and should want to.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Dermot O’Leary & Nick East£10

A puuuurfect event with Dermot O’Leary. Join one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Dermot O’Leary to hear all about his first book for children, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. It’s a funny animal escapade purrfect for fans of The Secret Life of Pets and 101 Dalmatians and a must-read for all animal-loving kids. Hear all about the real-life Toto, rescued as a kitten along with her brother Silver by Dermot and his wife, Dee. Featuring a reading from Dermot and live illustrations from the book’s illustrator, Nick East, come armed with your paw-esome cat jokes to tell Dermot in the Q&A at the end or in the book signing

Duration 45 mins | Age 7+
Includes a copy of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape: RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Danny Baker£20

In the week his latest memoir Going on the Turn is published, we host an exclusive literary festival appearance by one of our best-loved broadcasters and writers – and raconteurs, as borne out by his first sell-out nationwide tour this year. For over 25 years, Danny has amused and entertained audiences on both radio and television. Starting out aged 15 in a record shop, he went on to become an acclaimed music journalist, and started his radio career in 1989. Join us for a unique take on life with his trademark warmth, wit and insight.
Going on the Turn, RRP £20

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS EVENT.

DANNY BAKER IS ALSO DOING A FAMILY EVENT CLICK HERE TO BOOK

 

Sunday October 08 - 07:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Armando Iannucci£12.50

He is the brains behind much of the best comedy of the last two decades – everything from Alan Partridge and The Thick of It to Veep to the much-anticipated Death of Stalin – and he has emerged as one of our funniest and most passionate political commentators on Twitter. Now, in Hear Me Out, Armando reveals a love of music ranging from Beethoven and Mahler to contemporaries such as Philip Glass and John Adams. Entertaining, amusing and insightful, he approaches music as a curious amateur rather than technical expert.

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 03:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Johnny Ball: Wonders Beyond Numbers£10

Numbers have made Johnny’s name – and seen him become one of our most beloved broadcasters of the last 40 years. He loves mathematics so much that, in Wonders Beyond Numbers, he has written its history. His aim is to inspire people to see maths as fun and stimulating. Let him, in his unique way, convince you that numbers – and how they have developed – enhance our lives.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 01:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Michael Pennington: King Lear in Brooklyn£10

One of our leading Shakespearean actors steps onto the stage of the Kenton Theatre to talk about portraying King Lear in Brooklyn. One of the founders of the English Shakespeare Company tells about the play from the point of view of Lear himself. Michael has travelled the world as actor and director over the last 50 years as well as starring in Return of the Jedi and The Iron Lady. A theatrical event not to be missed.

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 11:00 am
Kenton Theatre

Alison Steadman: Spider!£10

Join national treasure Alison at this very special event with her debut children’s book, Spider! Meet Rafael, who hates spiders… until he really gets to know one! Find out from one of our best loved actors how he makes a new hairy, eight-legged friend. Bring your placards and protest for spiders at this hilarious, action-packed event!
Duration 45 mins | Age 4+

Includes a copy of Spider! RRP £6.99

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Danny Baker£20

In the week his latest memoir Going on the Turn is published, we host an exclusive literary festival appearance by one of our best-loved broadcasters and writers – and raconteurs, as borne out by his first sell-out nationwide tour this year. For over 25 years, Danny has amused and entertained audiences on both radio and television. Starting out aged 15 in a record shop, he went on to become an acclaimed music journalist, and started his radio career in 1989. Join us for a unique take on life with his trademark warmth, wit and insight.
Going on the Turn, RRP £20

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS EVENT.

DANNY BAKER IS ALSO DOING A FAMILY EVENT CLICK HERE TO BOOK

 

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 07:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

June Sarpong£10

Awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity, June’s 20-year career has included T4, Loose Women and hosting Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park. Now, in Diversify, she examines how division limits our society, and provides six simple steps to help overcome prejudice. June gives a fierce, accessible and comprehensive guide to the ways in which a more open society means a more successful one, and why we can live without prejudice – and should want to.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Miles Jupp£12.50

He has dazzled Henley before and returns, fresh from a nationwide stand-up tour, with Eggs and Soldiers: the childhood memoir of his comic creation, food writer Damien Trench, as featured in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen. One of our most talented and amusing writers and performers, the host of The News Quiz explains the bizarre childhood of a culinary phenomenon and much more besides.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 07:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Michael Frayn and Barney Norris: Masters of Stage and Page£10

Two writers with the rare achievement of near-universal acclaims for both their plays and novels. Michael – whose credits include Noises Off, Clockwise, Copenhagen and Whitbread Best Novel, Spies – has just published Pocket Playhouse, 36 comic sketches that are a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire. After two plays and a book of poetry, Critics Circle winner Barney’s first novel Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain was released to acclaim last year.

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 03:00 pm
Kenton Theatre

Virginia Mckenna: Lions, Camera, Action!£12.50

Virginia has led a remarkable life. Films like A Town Like Alice, The Smallest Show on Earth, and Carve Her Name with Pride made her a star, and appearing opposite Yul Brynner in the West End adaptation of The King and I won her awards. Then, she and her husband Bill Travers made Born Free – and it changed their lives. Virginia became a star conservationist in real life, and the much loved story of Elsa the lioness prompted the duo to set up Zoo Check and later the Born Free Foundation.
Sponsored by Head Partnership Solicitors

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 12:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Prue Leith: A Relished Return£12.50

No one was better qualified to step into the Great British Bake Off than Prue. As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and businesswoman she played a key role in the revolution of Britain’s eating habits. Then in 1995, having published twelve cookbooks, she gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction – and with great success, most recently in her Food of Love series. A real Festival favorite returns to reflect on her wonderful life with her newly republished autobiography, Relish.
Sponsored by Freeths LLP

Wednesday October 04 - 10/04/2017 02:30 pm
Kenton Theatre

Michael Parkinson£12.50

A chance to hear from a broadcasting icon. Interviewed by his son Mike, Parky looks back on a career which saw him interview many of the 20th-century’s most important cultural figures, from Bing Crosby and Orson Welles to Bette Davis and George Best. Among the most riveting and entertaining of all television interviews was when Sir Michael sat opposite Muhammad Ali. They eventually appeared together four times, and in his latest book we get a ringside view as Parky recalls the great moments with this funny, articulate and outspoken boxer who passed away last year.
Sponsored by Laithwaite’s Wine

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST.

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

Dermot O’Leary & Nick East£10

A puuuurfect event with Dermot O’Leary. Join one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Dermot O’Leary to hear all about his first book for children, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. It’s a funny animal escapade purrfect for fans of The Secret Life of Pets and 101 Dalmatians and a must-read for all animal-loving kids. Hear all about the real-life Toto, rescued as a kitten along with her brother Silver by Dermot and his wife, Dee. Featuring a reading from Dermot and live illustrations from the book’s illustrator, Nick East, come armed with your paw-esome cat jokes to tell Dermot in the Q&A at the end or in the book signing

Duration 45 mins | Age 7+
Includes a copy of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape: RRP £6.99

Sunday October 08 - 10/08/2017 05:00 pm
Phyllis Court

QI: 1,423 Facts to Bowl You Over£10

Since first airing in 2003, QI has provided not only 14 highly rated BBC series but also very popular live shows, apps, a Telegraph column – and sold over three million books. To discuss the latest, we are joined by QI creator John – who also produced television greats from To the Manor Born and Spitting Image to Blackadder and Have I Got News for You – as well as two of QI ‘s research ‘elves’, James Harkin and Anne Miller. Certain to be more than quite interesting…

Saturday October 07 - 10/07/2017 09:00 pm
Town Hall