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The Iron Man, 2018

A Unicorn Production

Taller than a house, the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness.

  • By Ted Hughes
  • Created by Matthew Robins

'Some of the most innovative shows in London happen at children’s theatre the Unicorn. This is one of them' ★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★★ The Upcoming, PlaysToSee
★★★★ Time Out, WhatsOnStage, Evening Standard  

Matthew Robins’ distinctive handmade and visual style of storytelling realizes this atmospheric tale live on stage.
Back by popular demand, this Off West End nominated show interprets Ted Hughes’ masterpiece using paper-cut silhouettes, large scale puppetry and stop-motion animation to stunning effect.

The Iron Man has been eating every single piece of metal in sight: tractors, old cars, fences - right down to the last rusty nail, destroying farms everywhere. The angry farmers try and trap him, but in the end it’s down to a young boy to try and tame the monster. 

Using paper-cut silhouettes, puppetry and stop-motion animation Matthew Robins (Something Very Far Away), recreates the world of The Iron Man so vividly that you’ll feel you are there. His distinctive handmade and visual style of storytelling lets you watch this atmospheric tale being created live onstage.

Discover the creative process for The Iron Man in our Storify.

Nominated as Best Production for Young People aged 8+, Off West End Awards 2017

WATCH THE TRAILER >



WATCH AUDIENCE REACTIONS >



PRODUCTION GALLERY Photos by Hugo Glendinning



SKETCHBOOK GALLERY Take a glimpse at Matthew Robins' sketches



LEARN HOW TO ANIMATE WITH MATTHEW ROBINS >


'COMPLETELY CAPTIVATING'

★★★★ Time Out

'A SLICE OF PURE MAGIC...ENDLESSLY INVENTIVE'

★★★★★ The Upcoming

'SIMPLY OOZING WITH CREATIVITY'

View From The Cheap Seats

INSIGHT DISCUSSIONS, FRI 1, SAT 16, THU 21 JUN

Join us for a free post-show insight discussion after these performances: 
Fri 1 Jun, 1pm
Sat 16 Jun, 1pm
Thu 21 Jun, 1:45pm 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

This is a deaf-friendly show.

If you are attending a relaxed performance, you may find our visual story helpful. 
Book tickets and find out more about access at the Unicorn.

Relaxed Performance
Wednesday 20 June 2018, 10.30
Thursday 7 June 2018, 10.30
Wednesday 30 May 2018, 13.00

FOR SCHOOLS (SUITABLE FOR YEARS 3 - 7)

Schools tickets from £7
Teacher CPD: Fri 23 Mar 10am – 4pm | FREE
Download The Iron Man resource pack (PDF, 1.38MB)

Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

SUPPORTER

Kindly supported by The Dibs Charitable Trust and The Fidelio Charitable Trust

 

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