We are the UK's leading theatre for young audiences and we make shows that challenge, motivate and inspire.
visit to the theatre can have a long-lasting impact, stimulating exciting and meaningful work across the curriculum. We offer support through free CPD, and free resouce packs, so that you can explore our productions in school and get the most from every experience with us.
All of our activity can help you to achieve Arts Award and Artsmark with theatre visits, workshops and teacher resources to help you to embed the arts in your school and across the curriculum. Sign up to our teacher mailing list to get regular schools-focused updates.
‘I absolutely love what the Unicorn does for our school - it is engaging, motivating and inspiring in equal measure!' Headteacher
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Anansi the Spider
For Nursery - Year 2
18 Sep - 27 Oct 2019
In celebration of Black History Month, these classic West African and Caribbean tales about the spider hoaxster are brought vividly to life.
For School Year 6
26 Sep - 27 Oct 2019
Live drawing, cameras and projection bring the sinister 1950s Britain of Sally Gardner's dazzlingly original, award-winning novel to life.
Please note: in keeping with the original book, thereare some affecting moments of violence in the storytelling. These moments are described and depicted by the narrator, but not acted out. These are powerful short scenes which convey the danger that Standish is in and the perilous and ugly regime that he is surviving. There is also one single use of slightly strong language. Please contact our Box Office team if you would like more information about the show.
Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost
For School Years 3 – 6
10 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
This wonderfully witty, delightfully spooky retelling of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 comic novel is brought to life this Christmas with spine-tingling magic, spectacular illusions and ghoulish eﬀects.
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
For Nursery – School Year 2
15 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
An adaptation of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s brilliantly subversive picture book which finds joy and friendship in the darkest and most unusual of places.
The Bee In Me
For School Years 4 – 7
31 Jan - 1 Mar 2020
One ordinary boy living an ordinary life, with every day the same. But today is different. Today is a game. Today he has wings...
For School Years 3 – 6
15 Mar - 3 May 2020
Jonathan Swift's surreal masterpiece is vividly brought to life in this blend of film and live performance this Easter.
For Nursery – Year 1
17 Mar - 3 May 2020
This energetic story, based on Emily Hughes' gorgeous picture-book, celebrates the free spirit in us all.
Reception – Year 2
19 May - 21 Jun 2020
A sci-fi inspired summer show about the future, friendships and robots. Can you really be friends with a machine?
We are currently choosing three schools for our extraordinary Collaborate partnership and have introduced a number of new partnerships in order to support non-fee-paying schools in the face of cuts.
A Unicorn Year of Theatre
We're looking to support a handful of schools who face financial & other barriers with highly subsidised tickets. We support different schools every year. Info Pack & Application Form
Access School Partnership
We're offering trips to relaxed, captioned & audio-described performances at highly subsidised rates. Info Pack & Application Form
Apply to be considered for part- or fully-subsidised tickets offers as and when we are able to offer them. Schools with high levels of need will be prioritised. Apply using our Online Application Form.
This highly successful arts partnership offers a tiny handful of schools the chance to shape wider educational practice. Working with the Unicorn, you and your students will build and craft the theatre’s world-class learning resources which are used across London and beyond as part of the Unicorn’s Learning Programme, go on multiple theatre trips across the year and take part in an in-school artist residency project. Each year, we look for one primary, one secondary and one SEN school to take part. We have now recruited our three partner schools for the 2019-20 year. More information
Kindly supported by the John Lyon's Charity
Our free, downloadable resource packs can be used to support learning around a visit.
Part One of the packs is currently available. Each pack includes an introduction, overview and interviews with the creative team.
Part Two of the packs will be available nearer the show date once we know more about the show and the drama activities have been tested out with our Collaborate partner school. Part Two includes suggestions and lesson plans for using drama in the classroom to explore the ideas and themes in and around the play.
‘Fantastic activities... so easy to build into the term.' Year 5 teacher, 2016
Resource packs which can be viewed and downloaded:
CPD days are free and combine an active, creative exploration of the play with practical training in the use of drama to support Literacy. Suitable for teachers with little or no experience of drama.
To book a free place on a CPD email email@example.com
Anansi The Spider Mon 16 Sep, 10am – 4pm
We have some dates for your diary...
Join us for wine and cheese and a short talk about our season and by our new Artistic Director, Justin Audibert, hear more how we can work with your school, share your thoughts on creative learning and get a chance to see Maggot Moon at 7pm. To book your free place, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Press Night Tickets for Teachers
Come and watch one of our evening shows with colleagues or friends and stay for the press night party afterwards. Two free tickets per school, subject to availability:
Maggot Moon (Yr 6) | Thu 3 Oct, 7pm
The Canterville Ghost (Yr 3 - 6) | Wed 20 Nov, 7pm
The Bee In Me (Yr 4 - 6) | Thu 6 Feb, 7pm
Gulliver's Travels (Yr 3 - 6) | Thu 26 Mar, 7pm
To book your two free tickets, email email@example.com with the name and postcode of your school (2 teachers per school).
To book, call the Box Office on 020 7645 0560 or use our online booking form. We can also provisionally reserve tickets for one week.
If you would like to book onto the teacher event or a CPD, or would like to chat further about our programme or shows, contact Frey Kwa Hawking at firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-fee-paying schools: £10 per pupil (1 teacher free per 10 booked)
Early Bird Offer
Our scheme offers non-fee-paying schools who want to put a whole schools focus on creative learning tickets from £7 (plus extra benefits). Info Pack | Online Application Form
Box Office: 020 7645 0560
To book tickets, call our Box Office team on the number above, or fill out an online booking form. Your school will then be sent an invoice. You can amend your booking up to 8 weeks before the performance.
About your visit
Our theatre was built with young people in mind, and it is important to us that we offer a space in which they feel welcome and important. We actively encourage our audiences to laugh, respond, clap and cheer during our shows – so please don’t feel that your pupils have to watch the show in silence.
There are only three things we ask in the auditorium (of adults and children): Please, no photos, no phones and no food.
Visit our Access Page for specific performances for children with additional needs. If you have any questions or specific requirements we are always happy to discuss them with you.
Our building is wheelchair accessible throughout and we have hearing loops available. Please let us know if you require wheelchair spaces when booking tickets.
Watch the video below and read our schools' case studies to find out what teachers think.
'The CPD was outstanding and truly inspirational for my staff. I walked into year 4 yesterday and every single child was collaborating, engaged and inspired … the teachers really relieved and excited by their children's enthusiasm and concentration for the project, regardless of 'ability'.'
'Both the CPD day and resource pack were invaluable: they enabled us to share expertise and increase our level of confidence in using drama.'
'The show was outstanding and at a perfect level for the children. I was staggered by their responses. it was clear that they were engaged both emotionally and intellectually.'
'Our children are becoming appreciative and critical theatre-goers, as well the academic benefits which are obvious: a stimulus for focused speaking and listening, a broadening of outlook and experience, improved vocabulary, empathy and understanding for other people.'