Unicorn Theatre, London, Tooley St

Unicorn Theatre, London, Tooley Street Building, Location, Architect, Address

Unicorn Theatre London

Tooley Street Architecture: Arts Building – design by Keith Williams Architects

24 Nov 2006

Unicorn Theatre

Design: Keith Williams Architects

Unicorn Theatre London Unicorn Theatre
photos : Hélène Binet

Address: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 m2HZ

Phone: 020 7645 0560

Location: southeast London, near Tower Bridge / London Bridge Station

Opened: 2005

Unicorn Theatre Tooley Street Building Keith Williams building
photographs : Hélène Binet

Unicorn Theatre images / information from Keith Williams Architects 241106

Unicorn Theatre design : Keith Williams Architects

This 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 building 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 and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation.

The Weston Theatre, the Unicorn’s main stage, seats approximately 290. From 1944 Caryl Jenner wrote Christmas Pantomimes for small time playhouses. During performances she would make note of the behaviour of the children, recording what scenes and sequences held their attention, and which did not. She began to formulate the principles that would guide her theatre and writing. In 1947 the ‘Mobile Theatre’ was born.
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