The Unicorn Theatre is a UK theatre for audiences aged 2–21. The theatre has its home in a custom-built, RIBA Award–winning building on Tooley Street, in the London Borough of Southwark, which opened in 2005. The theatre was designed by Keith Williams, built by Arup and comprises two theatre spaces (the Weston and Clore Theatres), an education studio, rehearsal space, café and the John Lyon meeting room.Use our London route planning site to visit Unicorn Theatre on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The theatre was founded in 1947, by Caryl Jenner, originally as a Mobile Theatre; In 1961, Jenner began presenting children's productions at the Arts Theatre in the West End, and in 1967 the company took over the lease of the theatre which then became Unicorn's permanent performing base until 1999; during this period the normal run of adult performances continued during the evenings.
The Unicorn is a registered charity and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.
Unicorn Theatre Reviews
Went with three children, aged 9-11 and we all thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The Unicorn Theatre is hard to beat for child friendly adaptations. The shows are pitched perfectly to engage the... more »
Went with a 5 and 3 year old. The elder enjoyed it, the younger was mainly scared but became accustomed. more »
Brought tickets for a show aimed at 2-5yr olds. My 2.5yr old feel asleep just before arriving. Fast asleep. I was really disappointed to discover no leniency in these scenarios. Anyone with a toddler knows you can never completely tell what they’ll do each day and I would have thought a company regularly working closely with this age group would be set up to be able to be as flexible as possible. Especially when the tickets aren’t exactly cheap (£10 child, £16 adult. £26 for a 50min show). It becomes too expensive a gamble. I’ve never risked it before and don’t think I will again. I’ll wait until she’s much older to bring her back. It’s a real shame because I’m keen to introduce my daughter to theatre and I know this company put on very interesting children’s shows as well as the venue being a great space.
I love this theatre. Good quality acting, and great scenery, £10 a seat. Well worth having children for!
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