10 Nov - 5 Jan 2020 Age guide: everyone 7+

A Unicorn Production

Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost

Get into the spirit of Christmas...

  • Adapted by Anthony Weigh
  • Directed by Justin Audibert
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    Under 18s: From £12
    Adults: From £18
    Offers: Multi-buys & Previews

Age guide: everyone 7+ Duration: Approx 2 hrs (incl. interval)

Get into the spirit of Christmas...

★★★★★ 'An energetic ride of hilarity and ingenuity with a brilliant cast and a good message at its heart.' Everything Theatre

★★★★★ 'Utterly brilliant... a real family show' London Theatre 1
★★★★★ 'A real treat' London Theatre Reviews
★★★★ 'Definitely worth a watch' WhatsOnStage
★★★★ 'Highly amusing' The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★ The Family Stage

This frighteningly funny and delightfully spooky retelling of Oscar Wilde's comic novel is bought to life this Christmas with spine-tingling magic, spectacular illusions and ghoulish effects.

Mr and Mrs Otis and their boisterous children arrive from America to move into Canterville Chase – a rather old, rather creepy Gothic mansion. Of course, like all the best old mansions, the Chase comes with its own ghost – the rather tormented Sir Simon Canterville. The spectral knight does his very best to spook the trespassers from his ancestral home, but to no avail. Poor Sir Simon feels utter despair until he meets the young Virginia Otis who sees him for who is really is.

This is a warming winter treat that the whole family will enjoy. 

Please note: This show contains frequent strobe lighting, flashing lights and haze effects.





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'Spooky storytelling for young audiences, enlivened by boisterous energy and fun visual tricks' The Stage

'A witty, magic-trick filled take on Oscar Wilde’s ghost story' Exeunt

★★★★ 'The show does not patronise children ... a refreshing change to those tired of children's shows that they find babyish and patronising.' WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ 'It’s a loud, noisy riot of fun – and some clever thinking and wonderful casting make this a star of a show for younger audiences.' Everything Theatre

★★★★ 'A highly amusing adaptation... perfect material for all the family' The Spy in the Stalls

'A child-friendly blend of gothic horror and quirky comedy' The Guardian

'It is all a great deal of fun. Put this on your list of Christmas shows to take the kids to: you’ll enjoy it too.' British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ 'This is a fun family production to see this festive period and offers a fabulous alternative to the mainstream panto for Christmas outings. This is a real treat to both those that already love the story and those that are yet to discover it.' London Theatre Reviews


Join us after the 7pm performance for an informal talk with the director and cast on Thu 28 Nov or Fri 13 Dec. No booking required.


Sat 7 Dec | Sat 14 Dec | Sat 21 Dec all at 3.15pm
For ages 7+ |  45 mins | £10 p/child (no adults allowed!)

Get on-stage straight after the show and explore the world of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost with one of our professional workshop leaders.

This event is currently sold out. Call the Box Office on 020 7645 0560 to join the waiting list.


This is a family show for everyone aged 7 and over

Tickets: under 18s £12 - £22 / adults £18 - £28 (termtime dates offer lowest prices, holiday weekends & 20-24 Dec at top price. Holiday dates 19 Dec - 5 Jan)

Prices subject to demand: ticket prices will incrementally increase on popular performances. Book early to get the best price.


Previews (10 - 20 Nov): £16 under 18s / adults

Multi-Buy Offer: save 15% by booking two or more different shows in our Aug '19 - Jul '20 season at the same time.

Offer applies automatically at checkout & is subject to availability. Excludes workshops/events & other offers. Where you have different numbers of tickets across shows, the discount may only apply to part of your booking.


Suitable for School Years 3 - 11
£14 for fee-paying schools
£10 non-fee schools (plus offers from £7)
Free schools' resource pack online & to download
Free teacher CPD: Mon 14 Oct, 10am – 4pm
Enquire about booking a free post-show talk / Audio-Described performance
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com


Audio-Described performances offer an introduction & live commentary via a headset. Free 45-min Touch Tour beforehand which can be booked online or by phone with access tickets.

To book the best seats for the Audio-Described performance, enter or quote promo code ACCESSBEST. If booking online, this will allow you to select a starred seat which has been locked off for access users. Then select the appropriate tickets, including access user ticket types.

Book / find out more about Access at the Unicorn.

Audio Described Performance
Sunday 15 December 2019, 14.00
Touch tours
Sunday 15 December 2019, 14.00



Nana Amoo-Gottfried
Rose-Marie Christian
Beth Cordingly
Annie Fitzmaurice
Safiyya Ingar
Mae Munuo
Paul McEwan
Nathaniel Wade

Creative Team

Adapted by Anthony Weigh
Directed by Justin Audibert
Designed by Rosie Elnile
Lighting design by Prema Mehta
Composed and sound designed by Ed Lewis
Magic by John Bulleid
Movement Direction by Simon Pittman


Image by Peter Schiazza & Eureka!
Production photography by Manuel Harlan
Rehearsal photography by Alicia Clarke


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