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Why Support

We need to fundraise 25% of our income each year in order to keep doing what we do.

In the last year alone we have distributed 11,805 tickets to schools for free – or almost free – through the Unicorn Learning Programme with the support of The McGrath Trust, engaged 1,700 schoolchildren in 56 workshops across 47 schools, run year-long projects with 30 partner schools and delivered Professional Development sessions for nearly 200 teachers.

We want now to be able to achieve the same impact for children in communities who have even less. So in 2019, we are launching an expanded and redeveloped community programme – REACH – for children whose lives, for whatever reason, fall outside civic and statutory provision. There are thousands of these children across London.

To achieve this we’ve decided to work in partnership with the most connected, forward-thinking not-for-profit organisations. We’ll use their knowledge of local need and deprivation to help us offer targeted tickets, workshops and long-term creative projects for the very hardest-to-reach children.

In our first year, we will REACH 2,500 new young people through sensitive, in-depth work, and we’ll be growing every year. Every project is being created in direct response to the needs of each group, 30 Welcome Workshops to open our doors, four in-depth creative projects, 1,880 tickets for free or nearly free to young people who would never otherwise get to us, a new collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital to bring the special and unique energy of the Unicorn to children in hospital and next year, we’ll take that project to children’s hospitals across the UK.

Theatre Phosphoros

With new Associate Company Phosphoros Theatre, we’ll work directly with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and young refugees. And we’ll support Phosphoros in their growth towards helping hundreds more. And we’re finding more and more eager partners who specialise in working with young people: those children who are at risk, those children who rely on foodbanks, those children who need a safe place in which to receive access to cultural activities.

Help us get there by supporting us today. Read more about our REACH community work.

Become a Patron

Our patron schemes are a great way to become more involved in the Unicorn's work. Also available as a gift. Find out more about patron levels and join today.

Trust & Foundations

The Unicorn has longstanding relationships with a broad range of trusts, foundations and charitable organisations.

This support and investment not only helps us to produce high quality work on our stages but also enables us to run a programme of projects alongside it, with schools and community groups and for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the theatre. All supporters are listed at the bottom of this page.

MariaMarina Foundation has been a generous supporter of our Community Programme for the last six years, helping to offer young people the highest quality artistic interventions, breaking down barriers to theatre access and providing activities and experiences that are engaging and relevant.

One of the incredible projects recently supported by the Foundation was Open Access Week, a targeted artist-led project of theatre making and spoken word for young people from the local area.

Corporate Support

Supporting the Unicorn through your business not only gives you access to some fantastic benefits, but enables us to introduce young people of all ages and backgrounds to inspiring theatre experiences both on and off stage. 

Read more about our partnerships below or contact Rebecca Kendall, Development Associate, to discover bespoke opportunities for collaboration between your business and ours. Email 

Unicorn Corporate Partnership

Our corporate partnerships offer exciting ways for businesses to engage with the Unicorn throughout the year. Benefits are tailored to suit individual company needs and provide unique opportunities to entertain employees or clients and their families, develop new business and fulfil CSR objectives.

Unicorn Community Partnership

Our community partnership offers local businesses the opportunity to make an affordable financial contribution to the Unicorn Theatre, providing measurable positive impact in Southwark. 

Payroll Giving

Donate to the Unicorn through Payroll Giving, a flexible scheme that allows any UK taxpayer to give regularly on a tax free basis. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax, so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you're a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p. When Payroll Giving is included as part of a company’s CSR initiative, such as Charity of the Year, Payroll Giving can provide a long-term legacy of giving. To boost the effect of their scheme, many employers choose to match their employees’ gifts. It is easy to set up Payroll Giving for your company, see HMRC’s website for further details. If you are an employee, please speak to your employer if you would like to give via this tax-efficient scheme.


Public funders

  • Arts Council England

Corporate supporters

  • Gowling WLG
  • ICT Partnerships Limited
  • Bloomberg
  • PWC
  • Norton Rose

Individual Supporters


The Unicorn would like to thank the following patrons for their support: Susan Boster, Andy and Sarah Bruce, Simon and Caroline Clark, Dominic Griffiths, Rebecca Kendall, Janet Martin, Sir Harvey and Lady McGrath, Freddie Mellor, Sir John and Lady Spurling, Dan Trueman and Andrea Yordan.  
We would also like to thank all of our other patrons and supporters, including those who choose to remain anonymous.
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