Unicorn Theatre announces four new productions for 2023

Unicorn Theatre has announced four new productions for its upcoming season.

The London children’s theatre has revealed shows running from January to July 2023.

Leigh Toney directs The Trial of Josie K (16 January – 19 February 2023), Katie Hims’ contemporary reworking of Kafka’s classic novel.

Justin Audibert directs the UK premiere of award-winning Stiles and Drewe’s musical The Three Billy Goats Gruff (12 March – 15 April 2023).

Leading Dutch company, Theater Artemis return with their unique brand of surreal madness for the London premiere of The Invisible Man (28 May – 18 June 2023)

Finally, Squirrel (28 May – 2 July 2023) – the egg theatre bring their critically acclaimed show for under 4s.

The new productions join the previously announced work in the season including the ever-popular Baby Show and Anansi The Spider, and Christmas shows Pinocchio and Christmas in the Sunshine.

Plus, Unicorn Online continues with a new digital production of Greek Myths Unplugged, Anansi The Spider: Re-spun and Julian Clary’s The Bolds.

Artistic Director Justin Audibert said: “Our world is constantly changing but one thing remains true; our need for telling stories. At this critical time, I want to make sure we reach as many children as possible with vivid and thrilling theatre about experiences we share today. That’s why I am delighted to be continuing this season with a rich mix of exciting new voices, award-winning composers and exceptional international theatre practitioners.

“Our season continues with Katie Hims’ brilliantly intriguing The Trial of Josie K, inspired by Kafka’s seminal work, aimed at older children, I am also delighted to be directing the UK premiere of a new musical, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by award-winning musical theatre writers Stiles and Drewe as well as welcoming the egg theatre in Bath’s critically acclaimed Squirrel for our younger audiences, and welcoming back to the Unicorn brilliant innovators of form leading Dutch theatre-makers Theatre Artemis with their bold and original show, The Invisible Man.

“In these difficult financial times, when access to arts and culture is being reduced everywhere – we are absolutely committed to making sure children, especially those in the hardest to reach areas, are given as much access to the arts as possible. With our Unicorn Online work, we are providing world class digital theatre for no cost. This season, we are proud to be partnering with extraordinary theatres across the country to provide a new, entirely free digital theatre experience for 7 – 12 year olds with Greek Myths Unplugged, alongside a free festive family offer of the release of our Christmas show The Bolds for those 6+.”

For more information and tickets, visit unicorntheatre.com

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.