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Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War & Empire

  • Saturday 07th October 2023
  • Box Office & Bars: 6:30pm / Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm 


Bath Festivals and Mr B’s Emporium are thrilled to welcome the legendary writer and entertainer Michael Palin to Bath for a special event celebrating the launch of his new book Great-Uncle Harry: A Tale of War and Empire.

From the time, many years ago, when Michael Palin first heard that his grandfather had a brother, Harry, born in 1884 and killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, he was determined to find out more about him.
Join Michael as he reveals the quest that followed and how a life that had previously existed in the shadows was revealed to him. This story involves hundreds of hours of painstaking detective work including digging out family gossip and correspondences, studying official documents, tracking down what remained of diaries and letters, and poring over photographs of First World War battle scenes culminating in walking the route Harry took on that fatal, final day of his life amid the mud of northern France.
Great-Uncle Harry is an utterly compelling account of an ordinary man who led an extraordinary life. A blend of biography, history, travelogue and personal memoir this is Michael Palin at his very finest.

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include the Sunday Times bestseller Erebus, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries.


Tickets: £15.00 / £25.00 (plus booking fees)

  • Please Note: Under 16's to be accompanied by an adult 18+
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  • Audience members may be encouraged to stand up and dance, please be aware when booking seats.
  • Box Office is open on performance days approx. 1 hour prior to the performance for purchasing and collecting tickets. 
  • There is a lift for wheelchair users from Reception to the Lower Foyer with access to the Stalls.
  • There is second lift with access to the Upper Foyer and Ballroom bars.
  • The Balcony is stair access only. 

Wheelchairs can be accommodated next to the end of row seats of rows F to K in the Stalls only. Wheelchair companion seats are located in the last seat of the relevant row directly next to the wheelchair spaces. Also available are Disabled Carer tickets to accompany Registered Disabled patrons who are not wheelchair bound. Please contact Ticketline Customer Services to discuss your requirements, or call Bath Box Office 01225 463362.

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