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Unicorn Theatre to celebrate 10 years at London address

Unicorn ambassador Jude Law. Photo: Kobby Dagan/Shutterstock Unicorn ambassador Jude Law. Photo: Kobby Dagan/Shutterstock
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A number of free workshops, performances and tours are to be held at the Unicorn Theatre to mark the 10th anniversary of its current London building.

Ahead of the anniversary on December 1, the theatre will open its doors over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (August 29-30) for free events including circus classes and a performance of Filskit Theatre Company’s new show, Breaking the Ice.

Guided tours of the 10-year-old building will also be held by its architect, Keith Williams, on September 19.

Celebrating the upcoming anniversary, Jude Law – an ambassador for the Unicorn – said he continued to take his children to the theatre, which he described as “going from strength to strength”.

He added: “I’m thrilled to have been a supporter of the Unicorn Theatre at its purpose-built home in Tooley Street for 10 years, watching the theatre grow – just as we watch our children, who so happily attend, grow.”

In addition to the free weekend of events, the theatre has begun a search for 10-year-old children who share the theatre building’s ‘birthday’ on December 1, in order to attend a special anniversary performance of the Unicorn’s new show, Baddies: the Musical.

Artistic director Purni Morell said the theatre challenges people’s perceptions of theatre aimed at younger audiences.

She explained: “Children’s theatre has come a long way in the UK over the last decade. Over the past three years, our biggest successes have been where we’ve pushed form, where artists have challenged themselves to push boundaries, and where we’ve surprised adults and children alike with what theatre for young audiences can be. At its best, nothing should stop children’s theatre standing alongside the very best theatre that’s made anywhere.”

The Unicorn Theatre was formed in 1947 and has previously been a touring company and been based at the Arts Theatre in London.

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