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S M L XL 17 Mar - 15 Apr 2017

The Velveteen Rabbit, 2017

A Unicorn production

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

  • By Margery Williams
  • Directed by Purni Morell

THIS PAGE IS FOR THE EASTER 2017 PRODUCTION.
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★★★★ ‘Utterly gripping...’ The Guardian 
★★★★ ‘The children sat entranced’ Daily Mail 
★★★★ 'A perfect show' WhatsOnStage

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. 

Join us as one of our biggest hits returns for a third time after a Broadway transfer. 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...

First published in 1922, this classic American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation for the Unicorn stage. 



WATCH THE TRAILER (footage from our 2014 production performed by Paul Lloyd, Syrus Lowe and Christian Roe)


AUDIENCE FEEDBACK


PRODUCTION PHOTOS by Helen Murray












‘Makes a strong case for the importance and delight of imaginative play.’ New York Times

‘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...CELEBRATES THE POWER OF EVERY CHILD'S IMAGINATION.' ★★★★

The Guardian

'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

'...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 - Five of the Best Theatre Shows 24 Mar 2017

FOR SCHOOLS (SUITABLE FOR YEARS 1 - 4)

Schools tickets from £7.50
Teacher CPD: Fri 27 Jan, 10am - 4pm | FREE
Download the Velveteen Rabbit resource pack
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

This is a deaf-friendly show. 

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

Touch tours at the Unicorn introduce visually impaired visitors to the show, its props and set. Contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 to book. Click here for a full description and introduction to The Velveteen Rabbit (PDF, 113KB)

Book tickets and find out more about access at the Unicorn. 

Relaxed Performance
Wednesday 29 March 2017, 11.00
Sunday 2 April 2017, 14.00
Touch tours
Tuesday 21 March 2017, 11.00
Sunday 26 March 2017, 14.00

Afternoon Tea With Rabbit

Settle down centre stage for a special cream tea on the stage followed by rabbit themed crafts and a visit from a surprise guest.

This event is part of Up Club+, tickets are £8.50 per child and £4.50 per adult. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults accompanied by a child. Places are limited, book now to avoid disappointment. 

April 2017: Wed 5, 4.45pm | Fri 7, 4pm | Thu 13, 5.15pm | Sat 15, 4.15pm

INSIGHT DISCUSSION, Tue 28 Mar & Sat 8 Apr

Join us for a free post-show insight discussion after these performances: 
Tue 28 Mar, 10.30am
Sat 8 Apr, 3pm

THE TEAM

Performers Ashley Byam, Jason Carr, David Ganly & Christian Roe
Director Purni Morell
Designer James Button
Composer Jason Carr
Choreographer Wilkie Branson
Lighting Designer David W Kidd
Sound Designer Malachy Orozco
Associate Lighting Designer Sam Waddington
Wardrobe Supervisor Claire Nicolas
Production Manager Jessica Harwood
Company & Stage Manager Kate Eccles
Stage Manager Zoe Saunders
Deputy Stage Manager Kayleigh Heathcote
Technicians Jef Mitchell, Matt Lewis & Alfie Leigh
Scenic Artist Sarah Hall
With special thanks to Hannah Gordon for providing the voice of the fairy.

 

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