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I Believe in Unicorns tours UK this autumn

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MICHAEL Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns will tour the UK this autumn, visiting James Allen’s Prep School in East Dulwich on September 29, Kensington Central Library on October 2, Newton Prep School in Battersea on October 17 and the Bush Theatre (Storystock Children’s Festival) on October 28, 2014.

The tour (September 6 to December 13, 2014) will also visit Watford, Harlow, Aldershot, Bracknell, Gosport, Fareham, Newbury, Brighton, Bedford, New Milton, Hertford, Waterlooville, Havant, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Peterborough, Hemel Hempstead, Gravesend, Margate, Folkestone, St Albans, Stowe, Didcot, Grays, Hockley, Eastbourne, Deal, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Bursledon, Hedge End, Chandler’s Ford, Wisbech and Leicester.

Previously Posted: Following a hugely successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an Arts Council-supported National Tour, Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns is transferring to the West End – to the Vaudeville Theatre, where it runs from August 8 to August 31, 2014.

Described as an utterly magical one-woman show, I Believe in Unicorns is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages.

It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas, who loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school. However, his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library.

An interactive show that captures the enchantment of storytelling, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imagination of both children and adults and is suitable for everyone over 5 years old.

Devised and produced by Wizard Presents, I Believe in Unicorns is directed by Dani Parr (Associate Director of Royal & Derngate) and stars storyteller Danyah Miller. The production is designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss.

Michael Morpurgo said: “It is wonderful that a magic unicorn is coming to town, a unicorn like no other. A horse, like War Horse is one thing – also like no other – but a unicorn? No one will believe it until they see it, but a unicorn, once seen, like the horse, like Joey, is always believed.”

I Believe in Unicorns will make a special preview appearance at the West End Live opening events at the Spiegeltent on June 22 at noon.

Tickets: from £17.50; Groups 10+ from £12.50.

Times: Monday and Tuesday at 11am and 2pm; Thursday and Friday at 11am and 7pm; Saturday at 11am; Sunday at 10.30am.

For more information visit www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk.

Also at the Vaudeville Theatre: The Tricycle Theatre’s acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged (until August 2); the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (August 5 to September 6); and the UK premiere of David Lindsay Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-nominated drama Rabbit Hole starring Joanne Froggatt (September 11 to November 22, 2014).