20 Mar - 12 Apr 2015 For ages 7+

A Unicorn production

The Chair


  • Written and directed by Lewis Gibson
  • Performed by Gary Lagden and Christopher Preece


If you’re sure that Ghosts aren’t real,
If your Nerves are made of Steel,
If you’re brave and if you dare,
Come sit upon the Barber’s Chair.

Welcome to Tiger Bay, the most deadly and dangerous docks on these shores. A place that’s packed with strange sailors trading stories picked up across the far seas. And what better place to hear these tales than from Cardiff’s cheapest barber, Owain. He’ll tell you of adventures with mystical creatures, of fortunes lost and found, of unrequited love, myths, rumours and rum. He’ll give you a shave or just a trim; he can even fix your grin...

With live music, songs and a cut-throat razor in his pocket to keep you on your toes, actor Gary Lagden returns to the Unicorn with the team that brought you The Pardoner’s Tale and A Thousand Slimy Things.

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Receive 10% off your bill at Brigade Restaurant

Our neighbours at Brigade Restaurant have launched a special children's menu for the Easter holidays and we've teamed up with them to offer you 10% off of your bill. Simply present your ticket or collect a voucher from the Unicorn to claim this discount. 

You can take a look at the new menu and find out more about the restaurant on their website. 

'It’s all spine-tingling, shiver-inducing fun.' ★★★★

Time Out

'Atmospheric, accomplished storytelling' ★★★★

The Stage

'Sawyers’ tales are full of wonder, suspense, magic and adventure' ★★★★

Everything Theatre

'a truly incredible show.' ★★★★

The Upcoming

'A thrilling ride...the suspense rises, takes a few twists and turns, and then when it’s all over you’re left stunned, perhaps a little spooked, but smiling.'

Curious Mum

'As Owain, Gary Lagden not only becomes the character but he is a fantastic storyteller, his Welsh accent changed into those of each character as he voices them'

British Theatre Guide

'Welcome to The Chair, a stormy and spooky show that'll send shivers down the little 'uns spines...a thickly textured and involving show'

Whats On Stage

Find out more about the show

Our free post-show insights offer audience members the opportunity to ask questions in response to the show during an informal Q&A session with the company.
Tue 31 Mar, after the 2.30pm performance
Wed 8 April, after the 2.30pm performance

Please note: the performance on 26 March is no longer a Relaxed Performance, this is because we now know more about the style and content of this production and have decided that it will not be suitable to create a relaxed version of this particular show. We apologise for any disappointment this will cause, please visit our access page to find out about other accessible performances in our current season.

For schools (suitable for years 3-6)

School tickets are £10, with every eleventh ticket free, please contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book. 

You can find out more about our schools' programme here. To request a copy of our Primary Schools' brochure or to be added to our Teacher mailing list, please contact schools@unicorntheatre.com.


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  • Making the trailer...

    Film makers, Will and Joe shared some of their behind the scenes shots of the making of the trailer. Visit http://www.willandjoefilm.com/ to find out more about them.

  • Rehearsal diary

  • Rehearsal diary