20 May - 26 Jun 2016 For ages 4+

Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine

A Unicorn production


  • Based on the book by Janet Quin-Harkin,
  • adapted by Adam Peck and directed by Cressida Brown
  • designed by Verity Quinn

It had wheels. It had bells. It was painted bright blue.
But King Albert asked, “Septimus, what does it DO?”

Septimus Bean has invented a very great machine but is yet to work out what it is for.

With the help of the king and court, he finds out lots of things that it isn’t for and one unexpected thing that it is utterly perfect for.  

This comical, rhythmical and inventive show, based on the much-loved book, will be a highly enjoyable performance for the summer months.  


PRODUCTION GALLERY Photography by Ludovic des Cognets

REHEARSAL PHOTOS Photography by Sam Taylor

More info

Sat 11, Sun 12 & Sun 26 Jun: Crazy Crafts with the Potty Professor

We need little inventors to stick around after the show and help us build the magical machine! We'll be pasting, painting, drawing and sticking - it will get messy. 

This event is part of Up Club+, tickets are £5 per child. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


Relaxed performance: Fri 10 Jun at 11am. Here's the visual story for Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine (*spoiler alert*)

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

Relaxed Performance
Friday 10 June 2016, 11.00

For schools (suitable for years 1 - 3)

School tickets are £10 with every eleventh ticket free.
Teacher CPD: Mon 14 Mar 10am-4pm (free)
Download the accompanying resource pack.

Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com


Performers Terence Frisch, Llewella Gideon and Fionn Gill
Lighting Designer Richard Williamson
Music and Sound Designer Harry Blake
Video Designers Joe Eckworth and Will Powers
Producer for the Unicorn Carolyn Forsyth
Technical Director Phil Bentley
Production Manager Jessica Harwood
Production Co-ordinator Liz Lawson
Company and Stage Manager Kayleigh Heathcote
Assistant Stage Manager Zoe Saunders
Prop Maker Alexandria Kerr
Wardrobe Supervisor Cristiano Casimiro
Scenic Artist Sarah Hall
Technicians Rob Johnson, Matt Lewis and Jef Mitchell
Foyer Installation PMB Theatre & Exhibition Services


Go back to the show

    We were allowed to peek inside to see what inventions he was working on