News: Unicorn Theatre Announces New Online Readings Of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales & Anansi The Spider Re-Spun Is Re-Launched For Black History Month

As part of Unicorn Online during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unicorn is offering a range of free online theatrical experiences to be enjoyed by children across London, the UK and beyond.

  • Vivid new readings of six Grimm tales adapted by Philip Pullman and told by an extraordinary cast will be available to stream on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel from 5 October at 10am.
  • Each story by a different director: Justin Audibert, Rachel Bagshaw, Polly Findlay, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Ola Ince and Bijan Sheibani.  
  • Anansi the Spider Re-spun will be available to stream on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel for Black History Month, 1 – 31 October, alongside extensive resources exploring Black history and culture for teachers to use in school with pupils across Years 1 & 2.


A Unicorn & Illuminations Production

Saturday 5 October 2020 – Sunday 21 February 2021 (Streaming on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel from Saturday 5 October, 10am)
Directed by: Justin Audibert, Rachel Bagshaw, Polly Findlay, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Ola Ince and BijanSheibani 
Designer Charlotte Espiner
Composer and Sound Designer Jon McLeod
Director of Photography Phil Cooper 
Editors Todd MacDonald and Joe Young

The Unicorn Theatre presents a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast. 

Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children. Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales are classic fairy tales, distilled from centuries of storytelling, timeworn but honed for the next generation to discover anew.  This collection of readings, some familiar and some not so, takes us to the very heart of imagination and speaks of the things it finds there, fear, courage, compassion and wonder. 

The cast of story-tellers include Nadia Albina, Le Gateau Chocolat, Colin Morgan, Cecilia Noble, Andy Umerah and Susan Wokoma who will each tell one story, creating a rich and potent world alive with the strange and the familiar.  

They will be reading the following Grimm Tales.

Justin Audibert directs Nadia Albina reading Hansel & Gretel
Rachel Bagshaw with Le Gateau Chocolat reading Rumpelstiltskin
Polly Findlay directs Colin Morgan reading The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs
Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directs Andy Umerah reading The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
Ola Ince directs Susan Wokoma reading The Brave Little Tailor
Bijan Sheibani directs Cecilia Noble reading Cinderella

Filmed at the Unicorn Theatre and working alongside renowned film company Illuminations, each film will be released at the same time and available on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel.


A Unicorn and Illuminations Production
Thursday 1 – Saturday 31 October 2020 (Streaming on the Unicorn’s YouTube channel from Thursday 1 October, 10am)
Created and directed by Justin Audibert
Editor and Technical Director by Todd MacDonald
Designer Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
Composer and Sound Designer Duramaney Kamara
Movement Director Lucy Cullingford

The Unicorn’s popular digital theatre experience Anansi the Spider Re-spun for ages 3 – 8, is returning for Black History Month this October. These fun and lively short stories, performed by Afia Abusham, Sapphire Joy and Juliet Okotie, will be accompanied by new free creative learning resources and CPD for teachers to use with pupils aged 4 – 8 to explore the Anansi tales and their place in Black history and culture.

Inspired by the 2019 five-star hit show, Anansi the Spider, about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns, Audibert adapted these classic West African and Caribbean tales for Unicorn Online under social distancing restrictions.

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