18 Sep - 27 Oct 2019 Age guide: 3 - 7

A Unicorn Production

Anansi the Spider 2019

The greatest tales ever spun.

  • Created and directed by Justin Audibert

The greatest tales ever spun.

This production has been reimagined as a digital theatre experience. Anansi the Spider Re-spun will stream for free on our YouTube channel from 30 May - 4 Jul 2020. Find out more. 

★★★★★ 'wonderfully imaginative' The Stage 
★★★★ 'direct and effervescent' The Guardian
★★★★ WhatsOnStage, Time Out
People say that a time long, long ago, animals walked on two feet and spoke with words, like we do. And back then it was known by everyone that the cleverest of all the animals in the kingdom was a spider – the infamous Anansi – the original trickster and the master spinner of yarns.

But sometimes Anansi could be a little too clever for his own good…

In celebration of Black History Month, these classic West African and Caribbean tales about the spider hoaxster are brought vividly to life here in Artistic Director Justin Audibert’s newest production for the Unicorn.

This is an immersive and highly engaging experience. Instead of conventional seating, children and adults will sit together on the floor in the world of Anansi. We will have some seating for people who need it and will be able to accommodate you on the day.








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★★★★★ 'fantastically inventive.' The Stage

★★★★ 'well worth getting caught up in.' WhatsOnStage
★★★★ 'Each bit of interplay with the audience feels just right.' The Guardian
★★★★ 'the Unicorn takes folklore’s most famous arachnid right back to his roots.' Time Out
'The children in the audience are just as captivated as the adults.' Laura Kressly for The Play's the Thing
'A production that is totally engaging for both its young audience and their adult companions.' British Theatre Guide
'Simple, direct, clear and witty.' Audience member
'The performance and actors were amazing.' Audience member


Suitable for Nursery - School Year 2
Tickets £10 / Non-fee schools offers from £7
Free schools' resource pack online & to download
Free teacher CPD: Mon 16 Sep, 10am – 4pm
Got a question? schools@unicorntheatre.com


Wed 23 Oct, 12.15pm & Fri 25 Oct, 12.30pm
For ages 3 - 7 | 45 mins | £12 for 1 adult & 1 child

After the performance, let us take you on a musical journey to the dancing world of Anansi and his famous stories.

To book online, add tickets for the show to your basket on a matching date & add the workshop as a 'Suggested Extra'. To book the workshop on its own, please call the Box Office.


Tickets: under 18s: £10 - £14 / adults: £10 - £20 (afternoons offer lowest prices, holiday weekend mornings at top price. Holidays 19 - 27 Oct)


Previews (18 - 25 Sep): £10 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.


Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but particularly support children with additional needs. Adjustments are made to sound and lighting and there is a chill-out space. A visual story will be available.

If you are attending the Relaxed performance of Anansi the Spider, you may find our visual story guide useful.


Relaxed Performance
Friday 11 October 2019, 11.00
Sunday 13 October 2019, 11.30


Afia Abusham
Sapphire Joy
Juliet Okotie
Creative Team
Director Justin Audibert
Designer Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
Composer & Sound Designer Duramaney Kamara
Lighting Designer Jai Morjaria
Movement Director Lucy Cullingford


Image by Peter Schiazza and Eureka!
Prodution photos by Craig Sugden
Rehearsal photos by Jalaikon


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