Prime Minister Literary Festival Event Sells Out in 93 Minutes

The hottest ticket for this year’s Henley Literary Festival sold out in 93 minutes which will see Prime Minster, Theresa May talk about books that have shaped her life when tickets went on sale on Wednesday this week to Friends of the Festival.

The full line-up for the 2019 Henley Literary Festival was launched this week with the printed programme available to pick up from the Bell Book shop and other outlets around town.

On the first day of sales to Friends of the Festival 6,500 tickets were sold for the 28 September – 6 October festival, two-thirds higher than the same day last year.  Friends of the Festival were invited to a drinks reception at Phyllis Court Club for the launch where they were able to book tickets to other top headlining events which include star baker, Mary Berry, comedian, Paul Merton and author Jo Jo Moyes.

Tickets for 160 events for adults and children go on public sale at 10am on Monday (July 22).  Other headline speakers include Sir Alastair Cook, Sir Tim Rice, Nadiya Hussain, Dame Stephanie Shirley and former Children’s Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen.

Festival Director Harriet Reed-Ryan commented: “We are delighted by the support of the Friends of the Festival and are excited to go on sale to the wider audience, who have been giving us great feedback. Even with our largest venue Christ Church we knew the Prime Minister’s event would sell quickly so are sorry for any disappointment. But I feel confident that we have something for everyone in our programme – from bestselling novelists and fantastic children’s authors to cooks, cricketers, comedians, historians, musicians and much more.”

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