The Unicorn Theatre is the UK's leading theatre for audiences aged 2–21. The theatre has its home in a custom-built, RIBA Award–winning building on Tooley Street, in the London Borough of Southwark, which opened in 2005. The theatre was designed by Keith Williams, built by Arup and comprises two theatre spaces (the Weston and Clore Theatres), an education studio, rehearsal space, café and the John Lyon meeting room.
The theatre was founded in 1947, by Caryl Jenner, originally as a Mobile Theatre; In 1961, Jenner began presenting children's productions at the Arts Theatre in the West End, and in 1967 the company took over the lease of the theatre which then became Unicorn's permanent performing base until 1999; during this period the normal run of adult performances continued during the evenings.
The Unicorn is a registered charity no.225751 and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.
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“The Unicorn looked dreamily at Alice, and said Talk, child.
Alice could not help her lips curling up into a smile as she began: Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!
Well, now that we have seen each other, said the Unicorn, if youll believe in me, Ill believe in you. Is that a bargain?”
—Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (18321898)
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—Eleonora Duse (18581924)