I Believe in Unicorns, Stage Version of Michael Morpurgo Novel, to Receive West End Run
17 Jun 2014
I Believe in Unicorns, a one-woman stage version of Michael Morpurgo's novel of the same name, is to receive a West End run of morning, matinee and evening performances, beginning Aug. 8 for a run through Aug. 31.
Performed by Danyah Miller, it has previously run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe and on a national tour. According to press materials, it is an "interactive show that captures the enchantment of storytelling. It is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. He loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library."
The National Theatre's stage version of Morpurgo's "War Horse" is still running at the New London Theatre. Morpurgo commented about I Believe in Unicorn: "It is wonderful that a magic unicorn is coming to town, a unicorn like no other. A horse, like War Horse is one thing - also like no other - but a unicorn? No one will believe it until they see it, but a unicorn, once seen, like the horse, like Joey, is always believed."
The show is devised and produced by Wizard Presents, directed by Dani Parr, designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.