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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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1001 Nights | For ages 7+ | 5 - 22 Jun

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/31/1001-nights A Transport / Unicorn production 1001 Nights 5 - 22 June 1001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told. Here they are re-imagined by Shahrazad -- a lively young girl who, torn between her old home in the East and her new life in England, re-tells the extraordinary stories of her childhood to her new-found friend, who understands not a single word she says... Using the things she finds around her, Shahrazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport us to a fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and jinns. This compelling, funny and totally absorbing play wowed audiences at the Unicorn in 2013 and now returns for just two weeks as part of a UK tour. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/31/1001-nights

The Velveteen Rabbit | Until 19 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. This Easter, join us for 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 contemporary adaptation for the Unicorn stage. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/21/the-velveteen-rabbit

Not Now, Bernard | For ages 2+ | Touring UK venues Spring 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/59/unicorn-on-tour A Unicorn production Not Now, Bernard Touring to UK venues spring 2014 Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for over thirty years, David McKee's iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life on the Unicorn stage.

At the End of Everything Else for ages 8+ | 29 Mar - 19 Apr

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/11/at-the-end-of-everything-else 29 Mar - 19 Apr When her best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito, goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds -- a problem that she is unable to fix alone. At the End of Everything Else is performed with puppetry, animation, music, sound and only the collective energy of the team on stage to generate all the power needed for the show. Join the Unicorn for a truly unique performance by Mark Arends, writer/director of award-winning Something Very Far Away, which captivated audiences and received rave reviews across the UK. 'the whole thing... is done with a lightness of touch and delightful quirkiness' Guardian on Something Very Far Away Trailer by makemendanddo.com https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/11/at-the-end-of-everything-else

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Hannah for ages 11+ | Until 9 Mar at Unicorn Theatre

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Hannah For ages 11+ Unicorn Theatre on stage until 9 Mar Lose yourself in an extraordinary story that will transport you to a supernatural world and bring magic to modern day life. Hannah gets frustrated with the little things; her mum, on the other hand, is out at work, trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made... Based on Marlowe's Dr Faustus, Hannah questions right and wrong, the lure of power, appearance and reality in a poetic script by Chris Thorpe (There Has Possibly Been An Incident, Edinburgh/Soho) that uses today's language in traditional verse form. Simon Evans (Silence of the Sea, Donmar Warehouse) has previously worked as a magical consultant for the National Theatre and Michael Grandage. By combining Evans' knowledge of magic and illusion with Goulding's incredible video projections, Hannah (played by Kae Alexander, BBC3's Bad Education), seemingly floats down a mountain into the sea, spins the earth on its axis and plucks a star out of the sky without ever leaving the comfort of her bedroom. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Sound design by Ed Lewis

Not Now, Bernard for ages 2+ | Unicorn Theatre and on tour Spring 2014

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/20/not-now-bernard Not Now, Bernard For ages 2+ Unicorn Theatre 15 Feb - 1 May and touring to UK venues spring 2014 This video features images from David McKee's iconic book alongside the story being read by actor Rhys Rusbatch who plays Bernard and Monster in the Unicorn Theatre's stage version. About the show: Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster...and that doesn't go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for over thirty years, David McKee's iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life on stage. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/20/not-now-bernard

Hannah | Unicorn Theatre | 8 Feb - 9 Mar | For ages 11+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah Marlowe's Dr Faustus re-imagined for a modern world. Lose yourself in an extraordinary story that will transport you to a supernatural world and bring magic to modern day life. Hannah gets frustrated with the little things; her mum, on the other hand, is out at work, trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made... Based on Marlowe's Dr Faustus, join the Unicorn for a story firmly rooted in the contemporary life of a young person that explores the eternal themes of heaven, hell, power, control and freedom in a rhythmic and poetic script by Chris Thorpe (There Has Possibly Been An Incident, Edinburgh/Soho) that uses today's language in traditional verse form. Simon Evans (Silence of the Sea, Donmar Warehouse) has previously worked as a magical consultant for the National Theatre and Michael Grandage. By combining Evans' knowledge of magic and incredible video projection, Hannah (played by Kae Alexander, BBC3's Bad Education) gains control over the world without ever leaving the comfort of her own bedroom. She floats down a mountain into the sea, spins the earth on its axis, brings peace to a warzone and plucks a star out of the sky... https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/8/hannah

Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale | Part Three: What's at the heart of this story?

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan, for ages 7+ We've interviewed Lewis Gibson (Director and Composer) and Gary Lagden (Actor) to find out more about The Pardoner's Tale, in our third episode they tell us what is at the heart of the story. To find out more about the show and book tickets, visit https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale | Part Two: Tell us about your style/approach

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan, for ages 7+ We've interviewed Lewis Gibson (Director and Composer) and Gary Lagden (Actor) to find out more about The Pardoner's Tale, in our second episode they tell us more about their style when approaching a story like this. To find out more about the show and book tickets, visit https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

Wanted Rabbit | Unicorn Theatre | 18 - 23 Feb | For ages 4+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/9 Rabbits do not play by the rules. They dig holes without applying for permits, eat carrots that they haven't paid for, leave droppings in the street, and, in spite of their big ears, never actually listen. They must be stopped before they take over the city. But it might be too late -- even the police chief has started to grow rabbit ears! Will you help us to solve this case? Join us at the Unicorn for miniaturized theatre bursting with thrills, suspense and fun, from incredible Dutch theatre-makers Maas Theater & Dans. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/9

Behind the scenes of Cuckoo | 16 - 25 Jan | For ages 16+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/17/cuckoo Cuckoo, 16 - 25 Jan, for ages 16+ We interviewed Cuckoo writer, Suhayla El-Bushra and director, Nathan Curry, to find out more about the show - this film also contains rehearsal footage featuring Eden Howard (playing Jenny) and Kate Lassman-Long (playing Nadine). About the show: Erica's bored. She used to go on research trips to the Congo, now all she has is Woman's Hour, Waitrose and wearisome dinner parties. Then one morning she discovers her daughter's new and only friend sitting in the kitchen and life gets interesting. But good things can't last forever and sooner or later, someone's going to get hurt... Please note, this play contains strong language and sexual references. It is not suitable for those under 16 years old.

Getting to know The Pardoner's Tale | Part One: Who really is the Pardoner?

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan, for ages 7+ We've interviewed Lewis Gibson (Director and Composer) and Gary Lagden (Actor) to find out more about The Pardoner's Tale, in our first episode they discuss the character and history behind the mysterious character of the Pardoner. To find out more about the show and book tickets, visit https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

The Pardoner's Tale | Unicorn Theatre | 16 - 31 Jan | For ages 7+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale The Pardoner's Tale, 16 - 31 Jan Let us introduce you to the Pardoner, a mischievous and mysterious fellow who will try to convince you that he has the world at his fingertips, and that you can too if you name the right price. With a few theatrical tricks up his sleeve, he'll tell you the simple tale of three men who set out on a journey to kill Death and get rich quick, a tale that quickly turns sour once temptation stands in their path. Accompanied by a live score of music, songs and intriguing sound effects created from everyday objects, Tangere Arts bring their honest charm and brilliant wit to Chaucer's 700-year-old tale. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/18/the-pardoner-s-tale

'Twas the Night Before Christmas... | Unicorn Theatre | 3 Dec - 5 Jan | For ages 2+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/16/twas-the-night-before-christmas This Christmas, leave your shoes and slippers by the fireplace and settle down to hear one man's story about the night he met a certain twinkly eyed, round-bellied chap! Originally written for his two daughters in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore's much-loved 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is still read to millions of children around the world today. This beautifully delicate adaptation, devised and directed by Douglas Rintoul (1001 Nights), will get everyone, young and old, peering a little further into the sky this Christmas Eve. More info and tickets: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/16/twas-the-night-before-christmas

Cinderella: A Fairytale | Unicorn Theatre | 26 Nov - 5 Jan | For ages 6+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/2/cinderella-a-fairytale A Unicorn / Travelling Light / Tobacco Factory Theatre co-production Cinderella: A Fairytale A dazzlingly original take on one of the best-loved fairytales of all time. When Ella's mother dies, she is brought up by her devoted and loving father who teaches her the names and calls of the woodland birds that surround her home. But when her father marries again, Ella's peaceful life is turned upside down by a host of new and unpleasant relations. It appears her only allies are the feathered friends who roost in the trees, but they are no ordinary birds... Nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013, Cinderella: A Fairytale's quirky visual style, crystal-clear storytelling and original live music bring this classic tale of reversed fortunes imaginatively to life. More info and tickets: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/2/cinderella-a-fairytale

Henry the Fifth - the reviews!

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/3/henry-the-fifth Henry the Fifth | until 16 Nov | For ages 8+ Find out what critics and audiences are saying about the Unicorn's production of Henry the Fifth - a contemporary take on Shakespeare's Henry V for ages 8+. Visit the website to find out more about the show and download the teacher resource pack.

Cape | 19-23 Nov | For ages 14+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/6/cape CAPE A Synergy / Unicorn co-production By Inua Ellams Directed by Esther Baker It's a simple idea, really. 1. Wear a uniform 2. Protect who you love, what you care about 3. Let nothing get in your way Someone mugged Bruce's mum and he is not having it. The shock is still visible in her trembling fingers, rippling out across the calm waters of their lives. He grabs his hoodie, his uniform, his cape and goes out to find the culprit. Smithy wants everyone to stay inside, Uhuru wants everyone out. Tanya thinks it's boyish fun and games until, very suddenly, it isn't. https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/6/cape

Henry the Fifth | Unicorn Theatre 8 Oct - 16 Nov | For ages 8+

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/3/henry-the-fifth A Unicorn production HENRY THE FIFTH What's the difference between a King and any other man? 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. He decides to invade. A long and terrible war ensues with huge costs on both sides, including the castle Henry dreamed of having for himself. A new play by Ignace Cornelissen who also wrote the Unicorn's much-loved 2012 production, A Winter's Tale, this dynamic and contemporary response to Henry V will make you wonder whether getting into a fight is really worth all the mess it leaves behind. More info and tickets: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/3/henry-the-fifth

Othello: The Remix - What audiences are saying...

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/othello-the-remix Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd present The Q Brothers' OTHELLO:THE REMIX 12 - 29 Sep 2013, Unicorn Theatre The Q Brothers' hip-hop adaptation has been wowing critics and audience members on both sides of the Atlantic, now find out what audiences at the Unicorn Theatre have to say! Tickets £10-£16 - selling fast so book now!

Othello: The Remix | Unicorn Theatre 12 - 29 Sep | A hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy

http://unicorntheatre.com/othello-the-remix The Globe to Globe 2012 smash hit returns to London following a sell-out run in the USA! Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd present The Q Brothers' OTHELLO:THE REMIX 12 - 29 Sep, Unicorn Theatre 'Sophisticated & very funny' Guardian 'A triumph from beginning to end' Times 020 7645 0560 | http://unicorntheatre.com/othello-the-remix

Complicite's Lionboy at Unicorn Theatre 9 - 21 July

http://unicorntheatre.com/lionboy A Complicite co-production with Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre Charlie Ashanti is eleven years old. He's a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie's parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission -- with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions. Award-winning theatre company Complicite presents its first show for families and young people, inspired by Zizou Corder's best-selling Lionboy trilogy and with a cast including Adetomiwa Edun from BBC's Merlin. An adventure that will inspire and entertain, don't miss this new play at the Unicorn on its only London tour dates. 'Complicite produces the most imaginative theatre to be found anywhere.' Independent

Matthew Robins' Make Your Own "Something Very Far Away" Puppet Teaser

Matthew Robins, Designer and Animator behind the award-winning Something Very Far Away has created a series of films so you can make your own puppet! See the series here: http://www.youtube.com/user/matthewjamesrobins Something Very Far Away | Unicorn Theatre | 21 May - 2 June http://unicorntheatre.com/something-very-far-away-2013 Written, directed and original score by Mark Arends Design and animation by Matthew Robins Lighting designed by Declan Randall WINNER of the Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People 'This show may be small, but it is big in every way' 4 STARS, The Guardian 'A theatrical experience unlike any you will have had before' 5 STARS, WhatsOnStage

Something Very Far Away | A moving tale of love, loss, space & time | 21 May - 2 June

http://unicorntheatre.com/something-very-far-away-2013 Unicorn Theatre, the UK's leading theatre for audiences aged 2-21 presents Something Very Far Away, touring to UK venues in Spring 2013 before returning to the Unicorn on 21 May. Kepler is an ordinary man who loves two things beyond all others: the cosmos and his wife Tomasina. After a sudden and tragic loss he looks to the stars for answers and journeys deep into space to keep the thing most precious to him alive. After a sell-out run in 2012, this moving tale of love, loss, space and time returns to the Unicorn with its unique blend of traditional and digital animation to delight children and adults alike. WINNER of the Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People. Tour dates: Sherman Cymru, Cardiff : 30 April to 4 May 2013 Imaginate Festival, Edinburgh: 6 to 9 May 2013 The North Wall, Oxford: 11 May 2013 The egg, Bath: 17 to 18 May 2013 Written, directed and original score by Mark Arends Design and animation by Matthew Robins Lighting designed by Declan Randall Cast Mark Arends, Avye Leventis, Tim Lewis, Ben Whybrow Trailer made by Benjamin Hay, http://www.benjaminhay.co.uk/.

Mister Holgado | A gruesome new family show for brave souls aged 8+

http://unicorntheatre.com/mister-holgado Unicorn Theatre, the UK's leading theatre for audiences aged 2-21 presents Mister Holgado, 24 March - 28 April 2013 Behind the front door of 19C Marshall Potovsky Street, in the dark city of Schwartzgarten, lives Conrad, a little boy whose life is turned upside down when his seemingly normal parents invite a strange and frightening guest into their lives. Will anybody believe him when he explains that Mister Holgado, far from being the gentleman he seems, is in fact a child-eating monster who lives in Conrad's wardrobe? This hilariously horrifying tale will keep you on the edge of your seat with both laughter and shivers -- don't miss it. More info & bookings: http://unicorntheatre.com/mister-holgado

Mister Holgado | 24 Mar - 28 Apr

http://unicorntheatre.com/mister-holgado In a dark house in the dark city of Schwartzgarten there's something lurking in the shadows. Conrad tells his parents that there's a tiger living on top of his wardrobe (who eats champagne truffles, no less!) but they don't believe him. When Conrad's parents suddenly welcome a mysterious stranger, Mister Holgado, into their home, Conrad suspects he's more of a threat than any tiger ever could be. But parents always know best... don't they? Mister Holgado is a hilariously horrifying treat for ages 8+. Book now: 020 7645 0560 | http://unicorntheatre.com/mister-holgado Trailer made by Ben Hay www.benjaminhay.co.uk Music by Mark Melville www.soundcloud.com/markmelville

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