14 new productions at the Unicorn this autumn

Date Posted: 24/07/2014

The London children’s theatre has announced that it will be the venue for 14 new plays this autumn/winter term.

Season highlights include: a co-presentation with Dance Umbrella of Triple Bill for under 12s; and puppetry created by Ailie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington with The Secret Life of Suitcases.

World War One Music Hall star Vesta Tilley’s brought to life in Joy Wilkinson’s Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant; plus there’s a reimagined classic with Annie Siddons’ The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.

Rising star Gbolahan Obisesan directs his new play How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn’t Work in the centenary year of the formation of the country.

There will also be a welcome return of two of the theatre’s biggest hits: Something Very Far Away and The Velveteen Rabbit. 

Artistic director Purni Morell said: ‘One of the things I've been thinking about a lot recently is what we as adults expect from the theatre we take our children to; for example, how can we be sure that, when we take them to see a play, we're not encouraging them to see the world the way we want them to see it, but instead allowing them the space and freedom to explore the world on their own terms.

“This preoccupation is what underpins the whole of our next season at the Unicorn - my third as artistic director - and I'm extremely excited to find out over the course of the year how our audiences, young and old, will respond to the very different shows on offer.”

Watch this space for more in-depth details on individual plays and events at the Unicorn.

For more information visit www.unicorntheatre.com.

Pictured: Artwork from How Nigeria Became: A Story.


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