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    Julia Donaldson & Friends: A Pocketful of Songs

    Sat 19 Feb, from 12 noon
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Family & young people
    Adult £12, Child £9
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    Illustration from A Pocketful of Songs © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 2022
    Illustration from A Pocketful of Songs © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 2022

    Julia Donaldson presents a musical show filled with much-loved characters, including Zog, The Highway Rat, Superworm and The Gruffalo.

    Together with Julia’s guitar-playing husband Malcolm, two actors and a four-piece band, the enormously successful author performs a medley of songs based on her picture books with Axel Scheffler.

    Funny and entertaining, the show encourages families to clap and sing along to songs based on the much-loved stories.

    This event celebrates the launch of A Pocketful of Songs, an illustrated book and CD.

    Before becoming one of the UK's most celebrated writers for children, Julia Donaldson began her career as a songwriter, creating songs for children's television and radio. She still enjoys performing her songs when she visits schools, theatres and book festivals.

    Many of her bestselling picture books, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, have been turned into animated films which have become family favourites on the BBC every Christmas.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 4+

    After both performances of A Pocketful of Songs, ticket holders can join the author for a book signing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, where her books are also available to purchase.

    Each signing session is strictly limited to 75 minutes, and due to time constraints, the author can only sign two books per person. It won’t be possible to take photographs with the author due to our current Covid measures. We also recommend that you wear a face covering out of respect for others in the signing queue.

    The event at 12 noon is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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    Dates & times

    Sat 19 Feb, 12 noon & 3.15pm

    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entryAdult £12, Child £9*
    • Concessions25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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