This Unicorn festive season features three shows across the three spaces for all ages.
Justin Audibert directs Anthony Weigh’s new version of Oscar Wilde’s comic novella, The Canterville Ghost – in a riotously spooky production for all the family, using magic and spectacular illusion to bring this classic and much- loved ghost story to life.
Mr and Mrs Otis and their precocious children arrive from America and 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 tired and 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…
The Canterville Ghost, Sunday 10 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020, A festive family show for everyone aged 7 and over
Duration: Approx 2 hrs (including an interval)
Under 18s £12 – £22 / Adults £18 – £28
Jack McNamara directs his adaptation of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s brilliantly subversive best-selling picture book, The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse.
One day Mouse is gobbled up by a wolf. ‘Oh Woe says the Mouse, who fears this must be the end. But then we discover Duck who was, until Mouse arrived, taking a nap.
As it turns out, it’s pretty nice living inside the belly of the beast with a new friend. There’s delicious food, dancing and – better still – no more fear of being eaten!
Meanwhile, outside in the forest, things aren’t quite as rosy for the Wolf who is being stalked by a hunter. Realising their fates are intertwined, Duck and Mouse hatch a winning plan…
This delectably dark and hilariously funny fable features Samuel Buttery as The Duck, Varun Raj as The Mouse and Cath Whitefield as The Wolf. Aimed at ages 3-7 years, this wickedly artful show delights in the surreal notion that sometimes friendship can be found in the darkest and most unusual of places – and that being eaten up by a wolf can be quite liberating.
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse, Friday 15 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020, Age guide: 3 – 7 Duration: Approx 50 mins
Under 18s £12 – £22 / Adults £18 – £22
Award-winning director Sarah Argent returns to the Unicorn with hugely successful show Scrunch, a beautifully intimate, sensory show for audience members aged six to eighteen months (and their guardians) which first premiered at the Unicorn in 2014. Scrunch is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.
There’s snow on the ground and lights in the tree, then scrunch, scrunch, scrunch… footsteps on the path – who can it be? Ding, dong. Doorbell rings and there’s a present for baby, not to be opened until Christmas Day. The paper’s exciting – scrunch it, rumple it, crumple it… what can it be?
Scrunch is a delightful one-man show featuring co-creator and performer Kevin Lewis.
Wednesday 27 November – Sunday 22 December 2019 For ages 6 – 18 months
Duration: 40 mins, including 15 mins play time.
Combined tickets £12 – £14 (baby + 1 adult) Additional adult places £5
Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ. Phone: 020 7645 0560