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About Us

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The Unicorn Theatre was founded by Caryl Jenner as a touring company in 1947 with a commitment to giving children a valuable and often first ever experience of quality theatre, and a philosophy that 'the best of theatre for children should be judged on the same high standards of writing, directing, acting and design as the best of adult theatre'. 

Today, the Unicorn is the UK's leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre. 

We strive to push the boundaries of imagination in everything that we do; welcoming families, schools, and young people for unforgettable theatrical experiences that will expand horizons, change perspectives, and challenge how we all see and understand each other. 

Our purpose built home at London Bridge contains two theatres, four floors of public spaces and two rehearsal studios; allowing us to work with some of the world’s most exciting theatre-makers to produce, present and tour a surprising, innovative and broad range of work that is honest, refreshing and international in outlook.

We serve over 60,000 children and their parents and carers every year through our extensive programme of work both on and offstage.

Take a look at our latest brochure here.

Artistic Director

Purni Morell

Executive Director

Anneliese Davidsen

Board of Directors

John Langley

Board Members
Anneliese Davidsen, Colin Simon, Henny Finch, Giles Havergal CBE, Purni Morell, Agnes Quashie, Sarah West and Simon Davidson


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Patron), Juliet Stevenson (President), Quentin Blake, Joanna David, Dame Judi Dench, Mel Giedroyc, Mishal Husain, Jude Law, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Meera Syal

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The Unicorn is a registered charity no.225751 and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

The Unicorn Theatre is proud to support the My Theatre Matters! campaign.

Environmental Policy

The Unicorn Theatre is committed to a policy of continual improvement in identifying, understanding, monitoring and reducing environmental impacts, preventing pollution and identifying and complying with environmental legislation. Our environmental policy and associated strategy to deliver environmental management is regularly reviewed and amended according to the changing nature of our operations. To request a copy of our environmental policy please email jane.dodson@unicorntheatre.com.