Sleepover returns for Unicorn Christmas

Published October 16, 2014

Young audiences are invited to bunk down on stage at the Unicorn Theatre for a second year running this December with the return of the venue’s unique sleepover.

While last year children and their parents could take part, this year adults are banned for the Candy Land Slumber Party, which combines a performance of The Nutcracker And The Mouse King with other exciting activities on 19 December.

Children aged between eight and 12-years old will be able to enjoy Annie Siddon’s adaptation of E T A Hoffmann’s tale and meet the actors on-stage after the show. Before bedding down for the night they’ll also be treated to midnight milk and cookies, which they can tuck into during a special storytelling session.

The Nutcracker And The Mouse King, which is directed by Ellen McDougall, tells the story of seven-year-old Marie who retrieves the sad and broken nutcracker from under the Christmas tree. When, at the stroke of midnight, he comes alive and enlists Marie’s help in his battle against the evil seven-headed Mouse King, they journey together through strange and fantastical stories until they finally end up in a secret land made of nothing but candy.

The magical production, which is suitable for ages eight and older, plays from 21 November to 4 January and is accompanied in the Unicorn Theatre’s forthcoming winter season by two other festive offerings.

Lee Lyford’s tale of one man and his camel, The Fourth Wise Man, which is suitable for children aged four and older, will play from 30 November to 4 January. It will play alongside a show for the littlest of little ones, Scrunch, which introduces audience members aged between six and 18 months to an enchanting one man show about an exciting Christmas present.

Tickets for the sleepover event, which are £65 and include dinner and breakfast, and for all the Unicorn Theatre’s shows can be booked by calling the box office on 020 7645 0560.