13 Nov - 6 Jan 2019 Age guide: 8 - adult

A Unicorn Production

Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

Once upon a Christmas...

  • Adapted for the stage by Philip Wilson
  • Directed by Kirsty Housley
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  • Under 18s: £12 - £20
    Adults: £16 - £26 

    Preview Prices until 20 Nov
    Friends & Family Offer

    Venue: Weston Theatre at the Unicorn
Age guide: 8 - adult
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins (incl. interval)

Once upon a Christmas...

★★★★ 'ingeniously staged' Evening Standard
★★★★ 'spooky, macabre, impishly funny and psychologically smart' The Times
★★★★ Sunday Times, Londonist

A most delicious selection of Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for this 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…

Please note: the show contains some strobe lighting and haze effects.




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Ticket Offers

Preview prices 13 - 20 Nov: All tickets £16

Family & Friends offer from 20 Nov: Buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket and excludes other offers).

Gingerbread Houses Workshop - SOLD OUT

9, 16, 23, 28 Dec & 4 Jan at 3.30pm

Step into the Grimm Tales world to make a Gingerbread Housefit for Hansel & Gretel. You will settle down centre stage for an afternoon of edible crafts. 

This event is part of UpClub+

For ages 8+ | 1 hr
£9.50 for children and £4.50 for adults. Each adult needs a child and each child needs an adult. 


School tickets from £7
Free primary teacher CPD: Fri 12 Oct, 10am - 4pm 
Free secondary teacher CPD: Wed 10 Oct, 4.30pm - 7pm
Download the free primary teacher resource pack / free secondary teacher resource pack.
Pre-show workshops (primary and secondary) for Grimm Tales are available from £120, 26 Nov - 14 Dec 2018.
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com


If you are attending a relaxed performance, you may find the Grimm Tales Visual Story helpful ahead of your visit.

Book tickets and find out more about access at the Unicorn.

To book designated access seating to an Accessible performance of Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales, enter or quote promo code ACCESS1819  . If booking online, this will allow you to select a starred seat which has been locked off for access users. Then select the appropriate tickets, including access user ticket types. 


Captioned performance
Sunday 16 December 2018, 13.00
Relaxed Performance
Friday 7 December 2018, 11.00
Saturday 15 December 2018, 18.00
Thursday 3 January 2019, 16.00
Audio Described Performance
Sunday 2 December 2018, 14.15
Touch tours
Sunday 2 December 2018, 14.15

Cast & Creative Team

Vera Chok
David Emmings
Rachel Hosker
Giulia Innocenti
Enoch Lwanga
Bryony Miller
Guy Rhys

Creative Team
Adapted for the stage by 
Philip Wilson
Director Kirsty Housley
Set and Costume Design Ellan Parry
Lighting Design Nao Nagai
Sound Design Giles Thomas
Movement Direction Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster


Show image photography Peter Schiazza
Show concept and artwork Eureka! 
Production photography Tristram Kenton


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  • Rehearsal photos

    Step into the rehearsal room. Photos by Alicia Clarke.

  • Costume Design

    By Ellan Parry