Unicorn Theatre

  • About
    In 1952 Alan Kitching and his wife were walking through the ruins of the Abingdon Abbey Buildings. It occured to him that the space in what is called 'The Checker Hall' would make a brilliant little theatre.

    For more information about the creation of the theatre - read about it in Alan's own words. 'The Pleasant Historie of The Unicorn Theatre by its Onlie Begetter'.

    Alan proposed the idea of an Elizabethan-style theatre in July of 1952 and the following November construction work began to a stage design by Mr Christopher Ellis of Radley College, with boys from the College providing some of the labour. The first production in the newly renamed Unicorn Theatre was The Two Angry Women of Abingdon (performed by Abingdon Drama Club) in Coronation Week, June 1953. The summer season that year also included plays by Congreve and Priestley, three musical concerts, talks on the Elizabethan and Restoration theatre, and poetry readings. Alan Kitching was also the producer, between 1959 and 1974, of Unicorn stagings of twelve of Handel's Italian operas, unseen in England since the composer's lifetime.

    The buildings also host a large Craft Fair in October of each year.

    The Unicorn Theatre, as part of the Abingdon Abbey Buildings, is owned and run by The Friends of Abingdon.

    The Unicorn Theatre is a wonderfully atmospheric and intimate space, which is used for drama and music performances, lectures and other events.
  • Address
    Checker Walk
    Thames Street
    Abingdon
    OX14 3HZ
  • Website

Connected Mandy members:

Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
Actor
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Jamie/Witch
Rebecca Carpenter
Rebecca Carpenter
Costume Supervisor
2018, Seesaw
Costume Assistant and Maker
Paris Iris Campbell
2018, Pyjama Llama
Various Roles
Owen Crouch
Owen Crouch
Sound Designer
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Sound Designer and COmposer
Emma Ryan
Emma Ryan
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, Othello
Deputy Stage Manager
Kayleigh Heathcote
Kayleigh Heathcote
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, The Velveteen Rabbit
DSM
Kayleigh Heathcote
Kayleigh Heathcote
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, The Hunting Lodge
Stage Manager
Irina Peltola
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Venus
Katy Richardson
Katy Richardson
Musical Director
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Musical Director
Danni Payne
Danni Payne
Actor
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Olli
Niccolo Besio
2016, Working Title
Lead
Victoria Dyson
2016, Breaking The Ice
Husky
Anouk Scheepens
2016, Bernarda Alba
Maria Josepha
Kayleigh Heathcote
Kayleigh Heathcote
Deputy Stage Manager
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DSM
Sufia Manya
Sufia Manya
Actor
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The Cobbler's Wife
Miles Fisher
Miles Fisher
Lighting Programmer
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Lighting Programmer
Zoe Saunders
Zoe Saunders
Deputy Stage Manager
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Assistant Stage Manager/Book Cover
Paula Chitty ? Director . Designer.Producer
2015, The Three Wayfarers
Opera Director Designer
Eve Machin
Eve Machin
Stage Manager
2015, The Chair
Assistant Stage Manager
Kate Eccles
Kate Eccles
Stage Manager
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Assistant Stage Manager