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Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre for audiences aged 2-21, serving over 70,000 children, young people and families every year through its professional performances, participation and other events. It is a central part of the Unicorn’s mission to commission new work, to tour, to be accessible to all and to encourage exchange and collaboration between theatre-makers from different countries and traditions, coming together to develop ideas and projects.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £998,099
  • 2013-2014: £1,021,055
  • 2014-2015: £1,047,603

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Grass | For ages 4+ | Fri 15 - Sun 31 Jan 2016

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/105 Look down. What are you standing on? Explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing and plenty of obscure insect related facts, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play!

The Chair | Until 12 Apr | For brave souls aged 7+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/78/the-chair If you’re sure that Ghosts aren’t real, If your Nerves are made of Steel, If you’re brave and if you dare, Come sit upon the Barber’s Chair. Welcome to Tiger Bay, the most deadly and dangerous docks on these shores. A place that’s packed with strange sailors trading stories picked up across the far seas. And what better place to hear these tales than from Cardiff’s cheapest barber, Owain. He’ll tell you of adventures with mystical creatures, of fortunes lost and found, of unrequited love, myths, rumours and rum. He’ll give you a shave or just a trim; he can even fix your grin... With live music, songs and a cut-throat razor in his pocket to keep you on your toes, actor Gary Lagden returns to the Unicorn with the team that brought you The Pardoner’s Tale and A Thousand Slimy Things.

How to be a rabbit | The Velveteen Rabbit | Unicorn Theatre

Christian Roe, who plays the Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit at the Unicorn Theatre, talks us through his prep for the role. The Velveteen Rabbit at Unicorn Theatre, 28 Mar - 26 Apr For ages 4+ BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - BOOK NOW! There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. Join us for the return of hit show The Velveteen Rabbit, a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with the other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage.

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Fight Night | Unicorn Theatre | 16 Apr - 3 May

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/76/fight-night It’s spring 2015, there’s a General Election on the horizon and the media is covered with politicians trying to win you over, but what is it that will compel you to vote? This 2013 Fringe-hit from Belgium’s extraordinary Ontroerend Goed and Australia’s The Border Project is a theatrical game that puts the power into your hands. You'll be armed with voting keypads while five candidates battle to get your attention, sympathy and approval - but only one contestant can survive this popularity contest. This timely exploration of democratic processes and the cult of celebrity is exciting, vital theatre and every performance is bound to be different, because the vote is yours. But do you really have free choice? Multiple award-winning Ontroerend Goed (Belgium) return to the Unicorn following their recent runs of Teenage Riot and All That is Wrong in 2013, other recent work in the UK includes Sirens and Once and For All. Contains strong language and mild adult themes.

The Chair rehearsal diary | two

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/78/the-chair The Chair | 20 Mar - 12 Apr Welcome to Tiger Bay, the most deadly and dangerous docks on these Victorian shores. It’s a place full of sailors trading strange tales from across the far seas. And what better place to hear these tales than from Cardiff's Owain Sawyer; a barber, sometime dentist and purveyor of peculiar things. Owain's been collecting and telling his customers' tales for years and now it's your turn to hear them. Take a seat in his barbershop and he'll soon start sharing spooky stories about haunted Egyptian statues, enchanted mirrors and evil barons. With an inventive live score, a witty song or two and stories from around the world, this captivating new show is perfect for brave souls this Easter.

The Chair rehearsal diary | one

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/78/the-chair The Chair | 20 Mar - 12 Apr Welcome to Tiger Bay, the most deadly and dangerous docks on these Victorian shores. It’s a place full of sailors trading strange tales from across the far seas. And what better place to hear these tales than from Cardiff's Owain Sawyer; a barber, sometime dentist and purveyor of peculiar things. Owain's been collecting and telling his customers' tales for years and now it's your turn to hear them. Take a seat in his barbershop and he'll soon start sharing spooky stories about haunted Egyptian statues, enchanted mirrors and evil barons. With an inventive live score, a witty song or two and stories from around the world, this captivating new show is perfect for brave souls this Easter.

The Chair | 20 Mar - 12 Apr | For ages 7+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/78/the-chair THE CHAIR Written and Directed by Lewis Gibson Performed by Gary Lagden and Christopher Preece If you’re sure that Ghosts aren’t real, If your Nerves are made of Steel, If you’re brave and if you dare, Come sit upon the Barber’s Chair. Welcome to Tiger Bay, the most deadly and dangerous docks on these shores. A place that’s packed with strange sailors trading stories picked up across the far seas. And what better place to hear these tales than from Cardiff’s cheapest barber, Owain. He’ll tell you of adventures with mystical creatures, of fortunes lost and found, of unrequited love, myths, rumours and rum. He’ll give you a shave or just a trim; he can even fix your grin... With live music, songs and a cut-throat razor in his pocket to keep you on your toes, actor Gary Lagden returns to the Unicorn with the team that brought you The Pardoner’s Tale and A Thousand Slimy Things. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/78/the-chair Film made by http://www.willandjoefilm.com/

Henry the Fifth | Imaginate Festival, 11 - 13 May 2015

Henry the Fifth A Unicorn Theatre production https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/3/henry-the-fifth By Ignace Cornelissen, translated by Purni Morell Directed by Ellen McDougall Kings need crowns and castles to prove themselves, and so does Henry. Henry the Fifth, that is, of England. But Henry is running out of cash and all he can think about is that his neighbour’s castle is bigger than his… Following critical acclaim when it premiered in 2013, Henry the Fifth is back for 2 weeks only. Described as ‘a clever and engaging show’ by the Guardian and ‘probing’ and ‘playful’ by the Telegraph, this modern, fun and inventive take on Shakespeare’s play is an absolute must-see.

Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant | For ages 8+ | Until 15 Mar

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/70/britain-s-best-recruiting-sergeant Join us for a feisty, song-filled and touching look at the real-life story of Vesta Tilley. We follow Little Tilley as she takes her first steps onto the iconic music hall stage with her father, hones her own act and then goes it alone in order to become Vesta Tilley - Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant; a shining star of the music hall whose much-loved act as a male impersonator makes her world-famous. War breaks out and Vesta supports the cause by using her popular act to recruit soldiers to fight for king and country, but has she used her stardom for good? And is winning the most important thing? The Unicorn commemorates the centenary of World War One with this musical production, specially created for family audiences.

The Velveteen Rabbit | 28 Mar - 26 Apr | For everyone aged 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/21/the-velveteen-rabbit There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. Join us for the return of hit show The Velveteen Rabbit, a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with the other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true… First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle | Until 21 Mar | For ages 11+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/74/the-caucasian-chalk-circle Blood runs through the streets and the Governor's severed head is nailed to the gates of the city. A young servant girl must make a choice: save her own skin or sacrifice everything to rescue an abandoned child... A time of terror, followed by a time of peace. Order has been restored and the Governor's Wife returns to reclaim the son she left behind. Now the choice is the judge's: who is the real mother of the forgotten child? A bold and inventive new production of Brecht's moral masterpiece, accompanied by a live and original soundtrack.

Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant | 13 Feb - 15 Mar | For ages 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/70/britain-s-best-recruiting-sergeant Join us for a feisty, song-filled and touching look at the real-life story of Vesta Tilley. We follow Little Tilley as she takes her first steps onto the iconic music hall stage with her father, hones her own act and then goes it alone in order to become Vesta Tilley - Britain's Best Recruiting Sergeant; a shining star of the music hall whose much-loved act as a male impersonator makes her world-famous. War breaks out and Vesta supports the cause by using her popular act to recruit soldiers to fight for king and country, but has she used her stardom for good? And is winning the most important thing? The Unicorn commemorates the centenary of World War One with this musical production, specially created for family audiences.

Henry the Fifth | 17 - 31 May | For ages 8+

Kings need crowns and castles to prove themselves, and so does Henry. Henry the Fifth, that is, of England. But Henry is running out of cash and all he can think about is that his neighbour’s castle is bigger than his… Following critical acclaim when it premiered in 2013, Henry the Fifth is back for 2 weeks only. Described as ‘a clever and engaging show’ by the Guardian and ‘probing’ and ‘playful’ by the Telegraph, this modern, fun and inventive take on Shakespeare’s play is an absolute must-see.

The Polar Bears Go Wild | Unicorn Theatre | 9 - 25 Jan | For ages 2+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/64/the-polar-bears-go-wild If you're five or under, then here's the show for you. Get here on your skis/snowshoes/tractor, or paddle your canoe. Calling all brave explorers! Join two friendly (and slightly naughty) polar bears on the adventure of a lifetime. Where are they going? What will they get up to next? And have they got enough sandwiches? Because polar bears love sandwiches, everyone knows that! With music, laughter and quite a bit of cheekiness The Polar Bears Go Wild is a perfect treat for young audiences.

A look back at 2014 at the Unicorn Theatre

It's been another hugely successful year here at the Unicorn - not only have we produced 16 of our own shows but we've also taken our work overseas, presented great theatre from around the world and have won or been nominated for 4 awards in this year alone. Take a look at our short video to find out what what we've been getting up to...

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King | Unicorn Theatre | For everyone aged 8+, until 4 Jan

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king 'The most enchanting night I have had at the theatre for quite some time' WhatsOnStage This Christmas the Unicorn goes back to the roots of E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical story to create this wondrous and festive production of an old and favourite title. It's Christmas Eve, 1805. Seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree and promises to look after him. But on the stroke of midnight he comes alive, and after enlisting Marie’s help in his battle with the evil Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally arrive in a secret land made of nothing but candy. Full of magic, mice and adventure, this will be a Christmas show to remember.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King - what audience members are saying!

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king Find out what audience members and the press have been saying about our biggest Christmas show yet, The Nutcracker and The Mouse King! The show runs until 4 Jan and is suitable for children aged 8+ and their families.

The Fourth Wise Man | 30 Nov - 4 Jan | For ages 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/66/the-fourth-wise-man Everyone has heard of the Three Wise Men, but have you heard of Artaban, the fourth? One day Artaban, the wisest of them all, spots a beautiful new star in the sky. It's the biggest and brightest star he has ever seen, and he knows it will lead him to something special. A special baby in fact, so special that everything (and that means everything) must be perfect. Join Artaban as he prepares for a momentous journey. But what should he wear? What gift should he bring? And where on earth will he find the right camel? A funny and heart-warming show about one man and an elusive camel that will leave audiences with a decidedly Christmassy glow. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/66/the-fourth-wise-man

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King | 21 Nov - 4 Jan | For ages 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king This Christmas the Unicorn goes back to the roots of E.T.A. Hoffman's magical story to create this wondrous and festive production of an old and favourite title. It's Christmas Eve, 1805. Seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree and promises to look after him. But on the stroke of midnight he comes alive, and after enlisting Marie’s help in his battle with the evil Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally arrive in a secret land made of nothing but candy. Full of magic, mice and adventure, this will be a Christmas show to remember. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/69/the-nutcracker-and-the-mouse-king

When was the first time you were completely alone?

As part of our production of Triple Bill with Dance Umbrella in autumn 2014, we worked with pupils from Comber Grove Primary School to create an installation in the foyer for adults to engage with while their children were in the auditorium, watching the show. This film was part of that installation. Made by Mattia Pagura, http://www.mattiapagura.eu/ Choreography and stories by pupils from Comber Grove Primary School Thanks to Lucy-Anne Evans Music by dxlj

Girls Like That | A Unicorn Theatre / Synergy Theatre Project production | For ages 13+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/73/girls-like-that By Evan Placey Directed by Esther Baker A naked photo of Scarlett goes viral. Rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the fragile unity of the girls she has grown up with. But how long can Scarlett remain silent? And why isn't it the same for boys? Girls Like That is an urgent and explosive play that explores gender equality and the pressures on today's digital generation. Contains strong language. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/73/girls-like-that

Nosferatu, Dracula but not quite as you know it...

Nosferatu, 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 Meet Bob Theatre, the men behind the fantastic production of Nosferatu - a witty and rather spooky take on everyone's favourite bat-gone-bad tale. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/15/nosferatu Nosferatu is suitable for all braves souls aged 8+

How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn't work | What the audience are saying

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/68/how-nigeria-became-a-story-and-a-spear-that-didn-t-work It's 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his well-known troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife. The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father's kingdom. But there's a problem, the story doesn't quite fit with the governor's vision of a united country... This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914. Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn't Work commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn.

Seesaw | For ages 2+ | Until 2 Nov

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/61/seesaw Seesaw A Unicorn production By Stewart Melton Directed by Sarah Argent Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It's much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young.

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