The Summer Book
A Unicorn production
A LIFE-AFFIRMING STORY OF UNDERSTATED LOVE.
- Based on The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
- (translation by Thomas Teal)
- Adapted by Jemma Kennedy
- Directed by Douglas Rintoul
- Set & costume design by Francesca Reidy
- Lighting design by Tim Lutkin
- Sound design by Helen Atkinson
- Assistant Director Anne Stoffels
- Starring Sara Kestelman, Sammy Foster & Amy Snudden
Anyone who has ever known a grandparent or a grandchild will recognise the truths in this extraordinary description of life and love and the struggle we all face, whatever our age, to understand them.
This is a perfect summer show for grandchildren, grandparents and everyone in between.
'It’s bright, pacy, funny and the just the right balance of nourishing for kids and thought-provoking for adults.' ★★★★
'It will have resonance with anyone who has a deep bond with their own grandparent. Just beautiful.' ★★★★★
South London Press
'...a beautifully enriching play that sways between the melancholic and funny'
‘Tove Jansson is a genius. This is a marvellous, beautiful, wise novel, which is also very funny’
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Listen to the audio introduction to The Summer Book.
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 actors and creative team. These will take place after the 2.30pm performance on Sat 21 Jun.
Stories We Tell Ourselves
By Jane Barnwell
A film installation will take place in the Unicorn foyer during the run of The Summer Book. Stories We Tell Ourselves is a playful interpretation of the familiar stories we know and love with some unexpected twists, exploring the creation of identity through the stories we tell our children.
Produced by special arrangement with Agency North Ltd.