Tag: Theatre

A Number

Published on 23rd December 2019

How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies? What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment? In Caryl Churchill’s thrilling drama, which won the 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, Roger Allam plays Salter, the father. Colin Morgan plays all his sons. Polly Findlay directs. “What a tremendous play this is, moving, thought-provoking, and dramatically thrilling.” Daily Telegraph Ticket prices  £55–£15 Premium tickets available Book here Performance schedule Monday–Saturday: 7.30pm Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm Wednesday 19 February: 7pm  

I, Cinna (the poet)

Written and performed by Tim Crouch Directed by Naomi Wirthner The poet Cinna hardly says a word in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar before he’s mistaken for someone else and torn to pieces by an angry mob. He’s Shakespeare’s unluckiest character. Now Cinna searches for the subject of his next poem and invites us, the audience, to write with him, live. This brilliantly clear introduction to Julius Caesar is a unique and warmly engaging solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power. Tim Crouch is an internationally renowned playwright and theatre-maker. I, Cinna (the poet) is the fifth play in a series about Shakespeare’s minor characters. Tim’s recent play Beginners premiered at the Unicorn in 2018 and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences. For National Poetry Day 2019, we spoke to Tim Crouch about I, Cinna (the poet). Go to our news page to read it. Age guide: 11-14 Book here. 

The Bee in Me

By Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham Directed by Rachel Bagshaw One ordinary boy living an ordinary life. Every day the same: parents still asleep, late again for school, can’t find his clean trousers. But today is different. Today is a game. Today he has wings. Fly out of your room. Congratulations! Level two. Get dressed, find breakfast, don’t wake your parents, get to school, reach level three, keep going… Don’t get flattened… Level four… Rachel Bagshaw directs the UK première of The Bee In Me, written by one of Germany’s most exciting contemporary playwrights. This exceptional new production is both joyful and demanding, touching on the challenges of urban life for an isolated and neglected child overcoming day-to-day encounters. Full of warmth and sorrow, dreamlike and kaleidoscopic, it celebrates a child discovering inner resources – resilience, determination and ingenuity – and finding a kind of freedom. Age guide 8-12 years. Book tickets here. Download our one page PDF if you’d like to know more about the production content, or contact Box Office on 020 7645 0560.

Pizza Shop Heroes at the Unicorn Theatre

Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.   We’re going to tell you our stories how WE want to. You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not. I am not here to make your conscience feel better. I don’t need you to feel sorry for me. This dynamic emerging company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim these stories that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work. From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Book now.

Christmas in the Clouds

Published on 21st November 2019

Celebrate Christmas in the Clouds and join us for a wonderfully festive intimate play in the luxury of a signature Shangri-La Suite, performed live by London’s hottest private theatre company, Revels In Hand. Enjoy a night of elegance, glamour and comedy in London’s highest hotel, complete with two glasses of Champagne and canapés during the intermission. Commissioned especially for the festive season at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, from playwright Oliver Rose, Four Calling Birds transports guests to the Midwinter soirée of Richard Bleak, whose festive preparations are about to take a turn for the hilarious. Inspired by the vintage farces of stage and screen’s yesteryear, Revels in Hand bring you a riotous and joyful Yuletide celebration in this brand new play. Dates: 27 Nov, 28 Nov, 4 Dec, 5 Dec, 11 Dec, 12 Dec 2019. Book tickets here. Enhance your experience by enjoying dinner or drinks at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London: T?NG Restaurant and Lounge Discover a deliciously local dining experience at T?NG Restaurant, celebrating fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers in Borough Market and Bermondsey. With panoramic views over Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City of London, T?NG serves modern British cuisine in casual elegance. The restaurant is located on Level 35, just off the Sky Lobby. G?NG Bar Experience the highest bar in London, bringing unparalleled elegance to the city’s social scene. Elevated on Level 52, this is the perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks, featuring the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline, with views to the west, north and east. Pre-order a bottle of Champagne for your Theatre In The Clouds performance Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label, Brut, NV, £96 per bottle Duval Leroy, Rosé Prestige, Premier Cru, Brut, NV, £120 per bottle Cristal, 2009, £420 per bottle Dom Pérignon Rosé, 2004, £720 per bottle Please note that bar and restaurant bookings have to be made 48 hours prior to the performance. Please contact Shangri-La for booking details: Email: london@shangri-la.com Phone: 0207 234 8000

Scrunch

IT’S BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS. Created by Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis This gorgeous, sensory show from the makers of the Unicorn’s highly successful, long-running Baby Show returns to delight babies and parents alike this festive season. As you sit together in a cosy space, share in your baby’s excitement at the building anticipation of Christmas Day and all things present-related – including the very best bit: crumpling, rumpling and scrunching that wrapping paper! The Scrunch experience starts the moment you arrive – head to the exclusive Christmas lounge on level 2 where there is space to relax and play before you head up to the show. The ushers will be on hand to look after you, and highchairs, baby-changing and bottle-warming facilities are available.  

Cinderella

Published on 10th October 2019

The Quay Players Musical Theatre is very excited to announce that their 2019 Christmas pantomime will be Cinderella, performing at the Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge on 19th to 21st December. Cinderella is the magical tale you all know with plenty of added high jinks and modern twists. Performances: Thursday 19th December 2019 – 7.30pm Friday 20th December 2019 – 7.30pm Saturday 21st December 2019 – 2.30pm Saturday 21st December 2019 – 7.30pm Tickets: https://quayplayers.org.uk/tickets

Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost

Published on 23rd September 2019

This wonderfully witty, delightfully spooky retelling of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 comic novel is brought to life this Christmas at the Unicorn Theatre with spine-tingling magic, spectacular illusions and ghoulish effects. Mr and Mrs Otis and their boisterous children arrive from America to move into Canterville Chase – a rather old, rather creepy Gothic mansion. Of course, like all the best old mansions, the Chase comes with its own ghost – the rather tormented Sir Simon Canterville. The spectral knight does his best to spook the trespassers from his ancestral home, but his ghostly machinations hold no fear for this rational modern family. Sir Simon succumbs to utter despair until he meets young Virginia Otis, who sees him for who he really is… For ages 7+ More Information and Tickets

Maggot Moon

Published on 20th September 2019

“THE BEST THING WE HAVE IS OUR IMAGINATION…” Based on the novel by Sally Gardner Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy Directed by Jesse Jones Ages 9-13 The Unicorn is bringing Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original and award-winning dystopian novel to the stage. Using live drawing, cameras and projection, this world première expresses the world of the book and the extraordinary spirit of its main character, 15-year-old Standish Treadwell. In a sinister 1950s Britain, dark government forces are at work and spies and surveillance are everywhere. Standish tells us his story as he begins to unravel the dark secrets of the violent and oppressive Motherland and form a plan to try save his best friend and uncover the truth, no matter what. I keep wondering what if. What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall? What if Hector had never gone looking for it? What if he hadn’t kept the dark discovery to himself? Then I suppose I would be telling another story. The ‘what ifs’ are as boundless as the stars. This is an utterly gripping and deeply moving story for young audiences about protecting the ones you love, and the courage it takes to do the right thing. Tickets and more information 

Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre

Published on 08th July 2019

The Bridge Theatre’s latest production Two Ladies features award-winning stage and screen actor Zoë Wanamaker who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner for her Bridge debut. As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? Can they trust their husbands? Irish playwright Nancy Harris won acclaim for Our New Girl at the Bush and the Stewart Parker award for her first full-length play No Romance in 2012. General Information Ticket Prices £69.50, £55, £39.50, £25, £15 Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees Premium tickets available Book tickets Performance Schedule Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm