The new Unicorn Theatre was opened on Thursday by Lord Attenborough in a ceremony involving local school children, famous British actors and a huge, rearing, animated model of a unicorn.
Lord Attenborough holds the ceremonial key aloft, while town crier Peter Moore rings his bell
Lord Attenborough turns the key
After an introductory speech from Unicorn patron Lord Attenborough, pupils from Southwark's Cathedral School sang the Unicorn Song.
Guests were treated to a special one off celebratory show to mark Unicorn's opening. The show took place in Unicorn's 340 seat main auditorium, the Weston Theatre. Hosted by Michael Rosen, the show included performances from John Hegley and Adrian Mitchell with speeches from Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London and Guy Weston of the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Roger Lloyd Pack
A class of 30 eight year-old children from Tower Bridge Primary School acted as ‘Unicorn Young Consultants' and worked with Unicorn's Education Team and the theatre's designers for three years during Unicorn's construction. The children assisted with the theatre's design, helped to select the public artists and explored issues around what theatre means to children. The consultation report on the children's involvement, ‘The Floors Should Be Made of Chocolate' was hailed by Beverley Hughes, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Family, as a model example of how children can be effective consultants and active citizens.
• Visit the Unicorn Theatre website for details of current productions and performance times.
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