Celebrity Readers and Much Loved Stories announced for Winter’s Tales at Print Room at the Coronet

  • Festive celebration of classic and contemporary stories for 6-12 year olds and their families
  • Readers to Include Mel Giedroyc, Emeli Sandé, Penelope Wilton, Ben Okri, Toby Stephens, Jamie Glover, Tom Hollander And Shappi Khorsandi

Details of Print Room at the Coronet’s Winter’s Tales have today been revealed. A stellar line up of well-known names will read their favourite festive stories. During the first week of December, classic and contemporary tales will be brought to life for children and families in the beautiful and intimate setting of the Coronet.

On Wednesday 6 December Mel Giedroyc, best known as one half of duo Mel & Sue original co-hosts of The Great British Bake Off, will read Agatha Christie’s The Adventure of the Christmas Puddingfollowed by BRIT Award-winning singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé (7 December) treating audiences to one of her favourite childhood tales. Penelope Wilton (8 December), the Olivier Award-winning actress widely known as Isabel Crawley in Downton Abbey, takes to the stage with select stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Poet and novelist, Ben Okri will be performing a new story, written especially forWinter’s Tales (9 December). British actor, Toby Stephens, will end the first week, reading the Roald Dahl classic and family favourite, The Twits (10 December)Completing the lineup will be BAFTA Award-winning actor Tom Hollander, comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi and Jamie Glover.  Further details will be announced shortly.

Tickets for all events can be found here,

Winter’s Tales is supporting Give a Book, a local charity gifting books to a wide range of people who might otherwise not have access to them in schools, prisons and other organisations. 20 free tickets per performance will also be offered to local schools, via Give a Book, particularly those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Winter’s Tales will also help to raise funds and awareness for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation Grenfell Tower fund. The K&C Foundation is an independent local charity and 100% of the money it receives for the fund will support the residents who lived in Grenfell Tower and others affected from the local community.

Mel Giedroyc shot to fame in the 1990s as one half of comedy duo Mel and Sue. She presented The Great British Bake Off for seven years and has recently graced our screens on Pitch Battle for BBC, Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief and Let it Shine also for the BBC.  She can be heard through the radio waves on Magic FM.

Jamie Glover is currently starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), further theatre includes: What’s In A Name? (Birmingham Rep); The Rehearsal, An Ideal Husband, If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre); Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello). Film includes: Woody Allen London Project, These Foolish Things, Sacred Life and Closing Numbers.

Tom Hollander has worked extensively for across stage and screen. His theatre credits include Travesties (Apollo Theatre), A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon (National Theatre), The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar); King Lear, Tartuffe and The Government Inspector (Almeida). On screen he’s known for The Night ManagerRevThe Thick of It and Pride and Prejudice. Tom makes regular appearances on American Dad and Family Guy.

Shappi Khorsandi is an internationally acclaimed comedian. She has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and many more TV and Radio Shows.  She has written two books A Beginners Guide To Acting English and the highly acclaimed novel Nina is Not OK both with Ebury Press.

Ben Okri OBE is a poet, novelist and playwright and has published many books, including The Famished Road, which won the Booker prize in 1991. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa, the Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore International Literary Prize and the Premio Grinazane Cavour Prize.

The recipient of many honorary doctorates, he is vice-president of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the Arts and cross-cultural understanding in 1995.

Emeli Sandé, MBE, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Her critically acclaimed number one record, Our Version Of Events, was the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1.. The Aberdonian scored three UK number 1 singles and the track; ‘Next to Me’ was certified platinum in the U.S with over 1.5 million singles sold. Sandé has won numerous accolades including 4 Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and British Female Solo Artist in both 2013 and 2017) as well as awards from Q Magazine, Elle, Harpers and GQ.  The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Giggs, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Toby Stephens is an English actor who has recently completed filming Lost in Space for Netflix – playing the leading role of John Robinson. The series is due for launch in 2018.  Previous stage work includes Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre and Gielgud Theatre), Danton’s Death (NT), The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse), Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Japes (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), The Country Wife(Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wallenstein (RSC), Unfinished Business (RSC), Tamburlaine (RSC), The Pilate Workshop (RSC), Hamlet – title role (RSC), Measure for Measure (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Coriolanus – title role (RSC). Recent film work includes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziThe Journey and Hunter Killer (due for release.)

Dame Penelope Wilton was born in Scarborough and has worked extensively for over 50 years in the classical theatre, film and television. Her film career includes roles in The BFGThe French Lieutenant’s WomanCalendar Girls and Shaun of the Dead. Her television acting career included several major TV roles starring opposite Richard Briers in Ever Decreasing Circles, playing Homily in The Borrowers and, more recently, for her role as Isobel Crawley in the ITV drama Downton Abbey. In 2015 Penelope won an Olivier Award for her performance in Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket).


6 – 10 December 2017
Winters Tales 
Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB
020 3642 6606

6 December 2017, 6pm
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
Read by Mel Giedroyc
(10-12 years)

7 December 2017, 2pm
Title to be announced.
Read by Emeli Sandé

8 December 2017, 2pm
Stories from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 
Read by Penelope Wilton
(5-7 years)

9 December, 6pm
A brand new story – Title to be announced.
Read by Ben Okri
(5-7 years)

10 December 2017, 6pm
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Read by Toby Stephens
(7 – 12 years)


Adults                                                                                           £15.50

Child/Concessions                                                                 £12.50

Family ticket

(4 tickets including 2 children, 2 full price adults)               £49

School Groups booking

(For every 10 tickets 1 teacher/adult goes free)                     £8.50

(NB School must provide an accompanying adult per 10 to 15 children)