Wed, 4 December 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

John Julius Norwich’s Ultimate Christmas Cracker

with Joanna Lumley, Julian Fellowes and more


Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3DW

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John Julius Norwich’s ‘Christmas Crackers’ are as much a part of the Christmas experience as Holly and Mistletoe. Join an all-star cast as they bring the best Crackers to life.

In 1969, John Julius Norwich, the legendary popular historian, gathered together the favourite things he’d come across in the last 365 days into one short charming pamphlet. Initially just a treat for his friends, it rapidly turned into a huge word-of-mouth success.

This Christmas, How To Academy brings together an all-star cast including – Julian Fellowes, Joanna Lumley, Antony Beevor, and John Julius’s children Artemis and Jason Cooper – to celebrate this institution of English Christmas, honour the memory of John Julius Norwich, and read the finest Crackers from their illustrious 50 year history.


Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is a BAFTA award-winning actress and activist whose credits include THE NEW AVENGERS, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.>>

Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes is an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, novelist and actor. He is the creator, sole writer and executive producer of the worldwide international hit series, DOWNTON ABBEY.>>

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write, and has published four novels, and ten books of non-fiction.>>

Artemis Cooper

Artemis Cooper is the author of a number of books including Cairo in the War 1939-1945. She is the daughter of John Julius Norwich.>>

Jason Cooper

Jason is an architect and industrial designer who spent some years working for Arups and Michael Hopkins before establishing his own practice in 1995.>>