Unicorn Theatre

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Unicorn Theatre

 
The Uni­corn is a the­atre for young peo­ple, based in Too­ley Street since 2008. It evolved from a mobile the­atre found­ed in 1947 by Caryl Jen­ner (1917–73), which oper­at­ed at first in the north­ern Home Coun­ties and then nation­wide. As the Eng­lish Children’s The­atre, the com­pa­ny pro­duced its first sea­son at the Arts The­atre, Great New­port Street, in 1961 and the fol­low­ing year changed its name to the Uni­corn The­atre Club for Chil­dren.

The com­pa­ny remained at the Arts The­atre until 1999, after which it per­formed at var­i­ous the­atres while a pur­pose-built home was designed and con­struct­ed, with two the­atres, four floors of pub­lic spaces and two rehearsal stu­dios. Sub­sidised by the Arts Coun­cil, the Uni­corn stages its own pro­duc­tions and those by oth­er British and inter­na­tion­al the­atre com­pa­nies, as well as host­ing work­shops and relat­ed the­atri­cal activ­i­ties.

Hid­den Lon­don want­ed to take a more evoca­tive pho­to than the one below and was hop­ing to encounter a myth­i­cal beast in the foy­er. How­ev­er, a help­ful assis­tant explained (in a whis­per, while glanc­ing over her shoul­der) that the new lead­er­ship team does­n’t like uni­corns and has con­signed all trace of the crea­tures to a stor­age room. “Is there not even a horn pok­ing out some­where?” I plead­ed. “Not a sausage,” she replied, glum­ly.
 
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