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07 Sep 2017 19:45 Royal Festival Hall Tickets

John le Carré: An Evening with George Smiley

Join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers, as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character.

From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, and A Delicate Truth, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

Royal Festival Hall

In a rare public appearance and one-off event, the author will introduce his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, as their past comes back to claim them in the present.

This event will take place at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 September 2017 at 7.45pm.

With a unique question and answer session, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.

In conversation with Jon Snow, le Carré discusses the full breadth of his career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Limited signed first editions of A Legacy of Spies are available for £30, including a £10 donation to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). No further signed copies will be available at the event.

John le Carré is donating his speaker's fee to MSF.

Cinema screenings

On the same night, the event will be livestreamed to more than 300 cinemas across the UK, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Russia. The event will subsequently be shown in Australia and the US.

Find out more at

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre

London, SE1 8XX

United Kingdom