Autumn performances 2024 › London

Kwame Alexander performance

We are extremely excited to welcome the American poet and writer Kwame Alexander to The Old Vic in London this October. Kwame uses his books to immerse children in rich, lively verse and talks about how they can transform their lives by saying “YES” to themselves and the power of poetry. In this energetic, inspirational, and fun-filled performance, children will be transfixed as Kwame Alexander performs poems and tells stories of love and life and empowerment. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to ask questions too! Don't miss this one-off opportunity to see Kwame's literary genius on one of London's most prestigious stages!

"Thank you so much for Kwame Alexander's show today - the children are enthused, excited and wanting to become poets. It was brilliant!"
Teacher, Bishop Road Primary, Bristol

Each child attending this performance will receive a **FREE** copy of _The Crossover_ to take home and keep! cover

Each child attending this performance will receive a FREE copy of The Crossover to take home and keep!

The Old Vic, London, SE1 8NB
Tuesday 15th October
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 5 and 6

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author, who has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children.

Praise for The Undefeated

Alexander's magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans is paired with stunning portraits by Nelson

Publishers Weekly, Best Children’s and YA Books of 2019


Kwame Alexander challenges you to write a couplet. Watch his short workshop and get writing!

Kwame talks about reading, books, and his love of poetry

Book tickets for an event and receive two free books for your classroom

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

Thank you so much for organising Kwame Alexander's show today. He was electrifying, we're all still buzzing from it!

Teacher, Bristol

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

Still have questions? You can find our FAQs here.

Have any questions? Get in touch

Liz Neville

Your contact for this performance is Liz Neville, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07866 311486