• Date and time: Monday 10 June 2024, 6pm to 7.15pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Central Hall, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Book tickets

Event details

Join us for a powerful performance of War Horse, one of the most beloved books by renowned children’s author Michael Morpurgo. First published in 1982, the bestselling novel was adapted for the stage in an award-winning production by the National Theatre and for the screen in a Steven Spielberg film.

Set in 1914, and told from the perspective of a young farm horse named Joey, the novel follows the story of how he is taken from the fields of Devon and thrust into the midst of the ‘Great War’ on the Western Front. There, he witnesses the horrors of warfare but also moves the soldiers around him with his courage.

Back by popular demand, Michael Morpurgo retells an abridged version of War Horse. In this very special concert, he is accompanied by Ben Murray, with music and songs from the National Theatre production, which Ben also starred in as the Songman.

Join us for an unforgettable event.

Early booking advised, as last year’s event was fully-booked within days. Suitable for ages 9+.

Supported by Ron and Barbara Cooke

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the performers

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL, FKC is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005 and has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly LionKensuke’s KingdomWhy the Whales CameThe Mozart QuestionShadow and War HorseWar Horse was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His book Private Peaceful was adapted for the stage by Simon Reade and made into a film, directed by Pat O’Connor. Michael was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

Ben Murray is an actor, folk musician, composer and singer, who has been singing and playing the piano since he was five. He is one of the founding members of the band Tarras. After releasing three albums with them, Ben has gone on to work extensively in the industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists. Ben spent 2013 performing as ‘The Songman’ in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. He played the same role in the final West End cast in 2016, and has recently performed in the international tour of the production. He continues to perform with Michael Morpurgo across the country at various festivals and literary events.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible