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The Prince and the Pauper - Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS YEAR, the Unicorn Theatre’s Christmas show is The Prince and The Pauper, Jemma Kennedy’s lively adaptation of the Mark Twain classic, and it runs from Sunday, November 25 to Sunday, January 13, 2013.

The Prince and the Pauper is set in Tudor London, where a young street urchin Tom Canty has a chance meeting with the heir to the throne, Prince Edward VI. By pure coincidence they find they look almost identical.

The Prince and The Pauper is a classic tale of what happens when two boys swap clothes one afternoon and as a result, also swap lives. Tom Canty is forced into a world of royal intrigue and courtly power, while Edward is cast down to the mercy of blaggards and thieves.

Described as brilliantly comic, touching and true, this is a fast paced and rousing adventure with music for all the family.

The cast includes real life twins, Danielle and Nichole Bird, as Tom Canty and Edward VI, Nicholas Boulton as Henry VIII/John Canty, Richard Evans as Father Andrew, Jonathan Glew as Hereford, Jake Harders as Miles Hendon/Busker, Jason Morell as Bet/Elizabeth and Katherine Toy as Mrs Canty.

The Prince and the Pauper is directed by Selina Cartmell, whose credits include The Broken Heart (Off Broadway); Deirdre (Abbey Theatre); Macbeth, Titus Andronicus (winner of four Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Director); La Musica (Best Production and Best Actress, Dublin Fringe Festival); Molly Sweeney (Curve, Leicester); The Cordelia Dream (RSC) and Festen and Catastrophe (Barbican Theatre, London).

The Prince and the Pauper is designed by Garance Marneur, with costumes by Susan Kukarni, lighting by Chahine Yavroyan, musical direction and composition by Antony Elvin and fight direction by Kate Waters.

The Prince and The Pauper is suitable for ages 6 and over.

Tickets: Adults £22, Concessions £15, Under 21s £15, Previews (November 25 to November 28): all tickets £15, Relaxed performances: all tickets £11, Groups of 10+: every eleventh ticket free, Disabled may bring 1 free carer. Family ticket: 20% off when you buy 4 tickets (must include at least one Under 21 ticket). Schools: £10 (1 teacher goes free for every 10 students paid). Available from the box office on 020 7645 0560 or online at

Related Events

Insights with members of the company – December 4 and January 9 (1.30pm).

Foyer Event: Tudor activities, delicacies and historical fun – December 9 and 23.