17 Nov - 31 Dec 2017 Ages: 5 - adult

The Velveteen Rabbit, 2017

A Unicorn Production

Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you.

  • By Margery Williams
  • Directed by Purni Morell
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  • Weston Theatre
  • Under 18s: £10 - £18
  • Adults: £16 - £24
  • Preview Prices until 21 Nov
  • Family & Friends Offer
  • 17 Nov 2017 Fri 13.00 AVAILABLE
  • 18 Nov 2017 Sat 14.00 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • 19 Nov 2017 Sun 14.00 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Ages: 5 - adult
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (incl. 15 mins interval)

★★★★ ‘Utterly gripping...’ The Guardian 

There once was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a Rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him. 

Join us as one of our biggest hits returns for a third time after a Broadway transfer. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. He spends his days waiting patiently on the nursery floor, watching the Boy play with other toys and dreaming of being picked up and loved. And then, one day, he is rediscovered and all his hopes start to come true...

First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage. 



PRODUCTION PHOTOS Photography by Helen Murray

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Preview prices 17 - 21 Nov: Adult and Child £16 (Band D Adult £12, Child £10)
Family and Friends Offer from 22 Nov - buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket)
Weekday evenings - all tickets £12


Join us for a free post-show insight discussion after these performances: 
Wed 29 Nov, 11am
Sun 17 Dec, 3pm


‘Graceful and inventive... the rapport is palpable, often to the giggling delight of the young audience members.'
Wall Street Journal 

'An utterly gripping and heart-wrenching piece of contemporary theatre... This is a show with both a brain and a heart... celebrate the power of every child's imagination.'
The Guardian

'The children sat entrances... Their imaginations were hooked.'
Daily Mail

'Magical and gorgeous.'

'A perfect show for Easter, or indeed any time.' Whatsonstage

'A gorgeous slip of a show by anyone's standards. It's crafted with real care and precision.'
Time Out

'Compelling and crucial.'
Theatre Bubble

'The audience is spell-bound from the off.'
Sketches on Theatre 

'...Lending further weight to the increasingly watertight argument that the Unicorn is the place to be for theatre of the utmost quality, whatever your age.'
A Younger Theatre 

‘Purni Morell's production is a startlingly imaginative and modern piece of contemporary theatre that parents will enjoy as much as their over-fours.'
The Guardian 

TEA WITH RABBIT: 25 NOV, 2, 9, 22 & 23 DEC, 5PM

Settle down centre stage for a special Christmas picnic on the set, followed by rabbit-themed crafts and a visit from a surprise guest.

This event is part of Up Club+, tickets are £9.50 per child and £5 per adult. Ages 5+. To book for this workshop online, add tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit to your basket on a matching date and the event will show during the booking process and a 'Suggested Extra'If you would like to book the workshop on its own, please call the Box Office on 020 7645 0500.


School tickets from £7 
Teacher CPD: Wed 18 Oct, 10am – 4pm | FREE

Download the free teacher resource pack here.

There is an Integrated Sing-Language Performance (ISIP) on Tue 21 Nov, 7pm.
Please contact us if you are interested in an Integrated Sing-Language Performance (ISIP) for your students for this show on another date.


Director Purni Morell
Designer James Button
Composer Jason Carr
Choreographer Wilkie Branson
Lighting Designer David W Kidd
With special thanks to Hannah Gordon for providing the voice of the fairy.


This is a deaf-friendly show. 

If you are attending a relaxed performance, you may find The Velveteen Rabbit visual story (PDF 3.2MB) helpful ahead of your visit.

Touch tours at the Unicorn introduce visually impaired visitors to the show, its props and set. Contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book. Click here for a full description and introduction to The Velveteen Rabbit (PDF, 113KB)

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

Relaxed Performance
Friday 8 December 2017, 11.00
Saturday 16 December 2017, 13.00
ISIP Performance
Tuesday 21 November 2017, 19.00
Sunday 10 December 2017, 14.00
Audio Described Performance
Sunday 17 December 2017, 15.00
Touch tours
Saturday 2 December 2017, 11.30
Sunday 17 December 2017, 15.00


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