Joanne Froggatt and Richard Glenister star in Alys, Always, premiering at the Bridge Theatre on 25th February. Lucinda Coxon, the writer behind 2015 film The Danish Girl, adapts Harriet Lane’s debut novel in this gripping psychological thriller. Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player? Book tickets
Quay Players Musical Theatre is a community-based charity that puts on two high-quality productions a year at The Greenwood Theatre. Their festive production this year is Alice in Wonderland. Book tickets here.
By Filskit Theatre During the long, cold winter, Mr Penguin carefully guards his egg. Now this new dad needs to look after his newly born chick on his own and he’s not feeling confident. How will father and baby work it out together? A gorgeous, engaging and highly visual show by Filskit Theatre, the makers of Breaking the Ice (2015), whose signature style features playful and innovative projection and sound. This is a heart-warming tale about a child and parent learning how to thrive in spite of the odds. This is a deaf-friendly and autism-friendly show. Ages 2-5
Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s two most infamous and iconic plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet – at one of London’s most historic pubs. The Three Inch Fools will perform at historic London Bridge pub: The George Inn (just down the road from Shakespeare’s local, The Globe!). The George Inn is London’s last remaining galleried inn; its cobbled courtyard making a unique backdrop for this infamous and iconic duo of plays. The Fools will perform for four nights only in September (8, 9, 15 and 16th). Dates and shows: 8 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream 9 September – Hamlet 15 September – Hamlet 16 September – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Book tickets
The annual ‘Village Fete in the City‘ returns this September, celebrating the creativity and community of Bermondsey Street. Enjoy a rich and wide variety of experiences that reflect the characterful area at its best; from food and fashion to take-away poems at the Poetry Take Away Van.
Coming to the Unicorn Theatre from November 13th 2018; the most delicious selection of Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for Christmas. Enter a world of powerful witches, enchanted forest creatures, careless parents and fearless children as they embark on adventures full of magic, gore, friendship, and bravery. But beware, these gleefully dark and much-loved tales won’t be quite what you expect… Book Tickets
‘The best thing about the show was that he made it about us’ – Young audience member Polarbear makes things up: stories, jokes, adventures – he’s a master maker-upper. But where did it all begin? Coming to Unicorn Theatre from September 18th 2018, Mouth Open, Story Jump Out is about the moment that started it all, and how one little decision set off a chain reaction that changed his life forever. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and more emerge when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. An inspiring show about the creative potential inside all of us by one of the UK’s most respected spoken-word artists. Book tickets
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew eager to capture its fight for survival follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir (newest member: the Pudsey Nightingale). Alan Bennett’s new play is as sharp as The History Boys and as funny as The Lady in the Van. Ticket information
A UNICORN / UNTITLED PROJECTS PRODUCTION CAN WE CREATE OUR OWN FREEDOM? Based on the book En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis Adapted by Pamela Carter Directed by Stewart Laing ‘My crime wasn’t doing something. My crime was being something. Being different in a way everyone else could see.’ Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape. Written when he was just 21 and combining vivid storytelling with frank reflections on sexuality, class and power, this new stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’s internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel is filled with hope, lust, love and anger. Contains explicit sexual references and frequent use of strong language. More info and booking here. SPECIAL EVENT: PRE-EDINBURGH PREVIEW, 17 AUG 7PM Be the first to see the show at this exclusive preview performance, ahead of its premiere at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival. All tickets £8. Excluded from Friends & Family Offer. UNICORN LATE: THU 20 SEP, THU 27 SEP, THU 4 OCT, 7PM An evening performance followed by live music in the foyer and a 3 for 2 offer on craft beer at our bar. TICKET OFFERS Family & Friends offer: Buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / under 18 ticket and excludes other offers). FOR SCHOOLS (SUITABLE FOR YEARS 12 – 13) School tickets from £7 | more information Free teacher CPD: Thu 13 Sep, 4.30pm – 7pm Download the free teacher resource pack here. Post-show workshops for The End of Eddy available from £120 Got a question or want to book? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GET ON STAGE AND MAKE YOUR OWN SHOW The Unicorn’s creative workshops are back for the school holidays. Led by professional theatre-makers, each workshop leads to a performance on the Unicorn stage for friends and family. Choose from dance, circus, drama, puppetry and more, learn new skills and make new friends. Workshops range from a day or two days, through to our five day Play In A Week workshops in the Summer Holidays. SUMMER HOLIDAY PLAY IN A WEEK Mon 23 – Fri 27 Jul | Ages 7 – 12 Puppetry Week Explore the world of puppet theatre in our five day workshop; learning performance skills, puppet creation and manipulation and physical theatre. Led by professional puppet company PuppetSoup, you’ll work together to create a performance for friends and family at the end of the week. You will learn professional warm-up and rehearsal techniques, take on multiple roles, learn lines, develop your characters and create a full production for our Weston stage. BOOK NOW > Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug | Ages 11 – 15 Drama Week Join the company and devise a show from scratch that uses the theme of storytelling. We’ll be looking at classic stories from Grimm Tales and Aesop’s Fables to create our own weird and wonderful plot. With support and guidance from the director and production team you will develop your devising skills, learn how to shape your ideas into a show, and further enhance your vocal, physical and performance styles and skills. BOOK NOW > Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 10am – 5pm Mon – Thu, 11.30am – 6.30pm Fri (sharing at 6pm) Price: £425 per child You can choose to pay for Play in a Week in instalments. We ask that you put down an initial 20% (£85) non-refundable deposit to secure your booking, then set your own payment schedule that ensures full payment is received 4 weeks ahead of the workshop start date (as otherwise places will be automatically released). To pay in instalments, please contact the Box Office on 020 7645 0560. What is included in my workshop ticket? • A five day themed workshop lead by professional artists • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • A certificate to take home and a break time treat • Digital access to a selection of professional photographs from the workshop and final performance • Technical support from Unicorn Theatre staff • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience SUMMER DAY AND TWO DAY WORKSHOPS Booking opens soon! Check unicorntheatre.com/Holiday-Workshops 14 or 15 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Weird & Wonderful Grimm A fun and challenging workshop that explores the world of costume, scenery and design. 16 – 17 Aug | Ages 6 – 11 Irish Dancing & Ceilidh Fun! The Unicorn has teamed up with an Irish Dancing World Championship judge to bring you a high-energy Irish Dancing and Ceilidh workshop. No dance experience required! 18 Aug | Ages 3+ or the whole family! Family Ceilidh Craic Two and a half hours of high-energy Ceilidh craic with a professional Irish Dancing World Champion guiding you through the steps. No dance experience required! 21 – 22 Aug | Ages 10 – 14 A Grimm Design A two-day workshop allowing you to create your own design using Grimm Tales as inspiration. 23 & 25 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 West African Drumming & Dance An introduction to the energetic style of West African drumming and dance with 100% participation. 25 Aug | Ages 7 – 11 Moving & Grooving: Dance Medley A jam packed day exploring the world of contemporary dance, disco moves, street style and Bollywood boogie with Sardine Dance Collective. Venue: Unicorn Theatre Times: 9.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thu, 10.30am – 5.30pm on Sat Price: £55 per child / 2 day workshops £100 per child / split day workshops £15 per child What is included in my workshop ticket? • A themed workshop lead by professional theatre-makers • A break time treat and certificate to take home • An invitation for friends & family to attend the sharing • Experienced DBS certified staff who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience All tickets and availability unicorntheatre.com/Holiday-Workshops