Plosive Comedy in Dulwich with Reginald D Hunter

 Friday 2 November, 8pm
Plosive’s flagship stand-up night, bringing the best in alternative comedy to south east London.

Acclaimed provocateur REGINALD D HUNTER – star of ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ – headlines November’s show.

Plus 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner ROSE MATAFEO, ‘Uncle’ and ‘Derek’ star BRETT GOLDSTEIN and ‘Mock the Week’s SUZI RUFFELL.

Tickets: £17

Age restriction: 18+

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Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him with Tracy Borman

Tuesday 6 November, 7.30pm

Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges.

In this talk, Tracy will tell the story of England’s most famous monarch through the eyes of the men who surrounded him.

Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust. Tracy has presented and appeared in several historical documentaries.

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Alleyn's Holly Fair Comedy Session

Saturday 1 December, 1pm

Dane Baptiste
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Scotsman
★★★★ Fest Magazine

Joey Page
★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
★★★★ Australia Times

Jenny Collier
★★★★★ Edfest Mag

Age restriction: 16+

Ticket includes free entry to the Holly Fair.

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Alleyn's International Concert Series: Trio Apaches

Thursday 8 February

Matthew Trusler (Violin), Thomas Carroll (Cello), Ashley Wass (Piano)
Music by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich 

This Piano Trio comprises three of the UK’s most respected soloists and are known not only for their imaginative programming and virtuosity, but also for their uniquely engaging chemistry and their relaxed, informal stage manner. Individually they have garnered numerous awards and accolades, and as a trio are regularly heard on BBC Radio 3 and at Festivals throughout the UK and abroad. They revel in the fact that few pronounce the name of their trio correctly, and always hope that they’ll be able to live up to the word’s French meaning, hooligans, as they approach middle age!

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An Afternoon with Lauren Child

Sunday 4 November, 3pm

Join us for an afternoon with the current Children’s Laureate as she looks at the inspiration behind her work, the magic of reading and writing for children, and how ideas can come from anywhere. Lauren will be in conversation with Nicolette Jones.

Lauren Child is a multi-award winning, bestselling writer and artists whose books are known and loved across the world. She is best known as the creator of the successful book series Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.

Family ticket £30  (entry for 1 adult, 1 child and a copy of Mary Poppins)

Adult £10
Child £7

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Vietnam with Sir Max Hastings

Photo credit: Toby Madden

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm

Village Books and Alleyn's School Enterprises invite you to an evening with Sir Max Hastings.

From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterful chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected. Vietnam became the Western world’s most divisive conflict since the Second World War.  Max Hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle.

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'La Bohème' at Alleyn's Holly Fair

Saturday 1 December, 11.30am

Alleyn's Holly Fair & OperaUpClose present Puccini's La Bohème in a new English version by Robien Norton-Hale.

★★★★ New York Times
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Daily Express

Ticket includes free entry to the Holly Fair.

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Michael Palin In Conversation with David Baddiel

Monday 5 November, 7:30pm

Michael Palin will be at the MCT at Alleyn's this November discussing his new book Erebus.

Join the former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter – as he discusses his books and writing, and brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus. Michael will be in conversation with comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel.

In Erebus Michael Palin charts the ship’s history from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

This event is a live edition of the Penguin Podcast and is a unique opportunity to spend an evening with a master explorer and storyteller. The Penguin Podcast allows listeners to understand the origins and creative processes of constructing a story, and the experiences that influenced its development. Don’t miss this chance to be in the audience as Michael discusses five objects that inspired or shaped the writing of his book, telling us the stories behind his story.

A signed copy of Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin is included with every purchase.


Ticket and Book: £25
Two tickets and one Book: £35


Dan Snow: On This Day in History

Photo credit: Mark Edgar

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening with Dan Snow as he looks back at over 3000 years of the most important stories from the past. From the Ides of March to D-Day, Dan Snow tells the story of an important event that happened on each day of the year. Some are famous – from Julius Caesar fatally ignoring a soothsayer’s warning about 15 March to how World War II actually ended (D-Day) – and others more surprising – from Ada Lovelace’s meeting in 1833 which led to the invention of the computer, or the Great Beer Flood of 1814 that killed eight people. Dan shows how each offers a different and unexpected insight into our past.

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Alleyn's Holly Fair: Cathy Newman in conversation with Rosemary Bennett

Saturday 1 December, 11am

Cathy Newman is one of Channel 4 News' anchors, having joined as a political correspondent in 2006.

Her book, Bloody Brilliant Women, is about the pioneering women who defied the odds to make careers for themselves and alter the course of modern history; women who achieved what they achieved while dismantling hostile, entrenched views about their place in society.

Cathy will be in conversation with Rosemary Bennett who is Education Editor of The Times, having joined the paper as Deputy Political Editor in 2002. She was born and grew up in Belfast during the 1970s before moving to England to study and started her newspaper career at the Financial Times. At The Times she campaigned successfully to reform the law on adoption, and led the paper's 'Time to Mind' campaign to raise the profile of poor teenage mental health. 

Ticket includes free entry to the Holly Fair.

For more information & booking

The MCT at Alleyn's, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU.   Box Office: 0208 557 1541.