London SE1 community website

Unicorn Theatre receives Arts Council funding boost

London SE1 website team

The Unicorn Theatre in Tooley Street, which specialises in performing arts for young audiences, has been given a 30 per cent boost to its public subsidy from Arts Council England.

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that the Unicorn Theatre will receive a 30 per cent increase in its financial support, taking its annual grant to 1.3 million.

"Children's theatre has come a long way since the Unicorn was founded in 1947, and it's a terrific milestone to be recognised in this funding round as being equally important to the cultural life of the nation as any of the country's leading theatres," said Purni Morell, artistic director of the Unicorn.

"We're absolutely committed to making this vital public investment count, not just for the Unicorn but for the whole of children's theatre in the UK, as we embark on an ambitious programme of commissions, productions, tours and talent development, as ever, working with some of the best artists around, and continuing to push expectations of what can be achieved in children's arts ever higher."

Unicorn ambassador Jude Law said: "The Unicorn is one of the most important theatres in the UK today. Children's theatre has long been sidelined, but the work going on at the Unicorn is vibrant, with shows there to rival the best European theatre, and a bold belief in children's ability to understand and respond to complex questions and ideas. I'm delighted to continue to work with the Unicorn team in the next thrilling stage of the theatre's evolution."

The Unicorn Theatre has been in Tooley Street for the past nine years.

Most other venues in SE1 funded by Arts Council England have seen their grants remain more or less constant.

The Design Museum, this week celebrating 25 years in Shad Thames but planning to leave the area next year, is funded for the first time.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
This article on a map
Map
Keep up with SE1 news

We have three email newsletters for you to choose from:

We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

Archive
News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.