17 Nov - 31 Dec 2017 Ages: 5 - adult

A Unicorn Production

The Velveteen Rabbit, 2017

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
Ages: 5 - adult Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (incl. 15 mins interval)

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

★★★★ ‘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. 

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...

This bold and adventure-filled adaptation returns for a fourth time following a Broadway transfer. 



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Preview prices 17 - 21 Nov: Adult / Child £16
Weekday evenings Adults £16 - £18 / Children £10 - £12
Family and Friends Offer buy 4 tickets and save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket and excludes other offers)


Join us for a free Insight event - a post-show discussion after performances on Wed 29 Nov, 11am or Sun 17 Dec, 3pm.


★★★★ 'The children sat entranced... Their imaginations were hooked.' Daily Mail

★★★★ 'Magical and gorgeous.' Londonist

★★★★ '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 

‘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

'...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 


2, 9 (sold out), 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.

To book this event online, add tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit to your basket on a matching date and the event will show during the booking process as a 'Suggested Extra'. To book the workshop on its own, call the Box Office on 020 7645 0560.

For ages 5+ / Tickets £9.50 per child, £5 per adult
This event is part of Up Club+


School tickets from £7
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.

Cast & Creative Team

Director Purni Morell
Performer (Boy) Ashley Byam
Performer (Rabbit) Christian Roe
Performer (Narrator) Stephen Kennedy
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.


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

Signed Performance update: 
the performance on Tue 21 Nov, 7pm is now a BSL performance rather than an ISIP (where the BSL signer is integrated into the action on stage). The BSL and ISIP performances will be signed by Peter Abraham. 
This is also a deaf-friendly show as a limited amount of spoken word used.

Audio Described performances: See a full description and introduction to The Velveteen Rabbit (PDF)

Touch tours: tours are free and introduce visually impaired visitors to the show, its props and set. Contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book.

Relaxed Performance
Friday 8 December 2017, 11.00
Saturday 16 December 2017, 13.00
ISIP Performance
Wednesday 6 December 2017, 13.30
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
BSL Sign Interpreted Performance
Tuesday 21 November 2017, 19.00

Image credits

Original production image for the poster by Robert Altman


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