About the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon
The Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon is a charming Elizabethan-style theatre, in the Medieval Abbey buildings.
The theatre is in what was then the Checker Hall (Abbey exchequer). It turned over to its current use in 1952, to a stage that was designed by Mr Christopher Ellis of Radley College, and with boys from the College providing some of the labour.
The Unicorn is a small, steep, and atmospheric space with an Elizabethan style thrust stage, with stage balcony, inner stage, arched entrances and, if required, pillars and stage front balustrade. Other parts of the historic buildings can be used for wedding receptions, social events, and exhibitions, etc.
Abingdon Drama Club, Breakaleg Productions, Old Gaol Theatre Company, Oxfordshire Drama Network, and Studio Theatre Club are some of the groups that regularly put on performances at the theatre.
Hiring the theatre
The Unicorn Theatre can be hired for drama, music and other events. It seats 89 people and is perfect for small-scale drama productions, shows, performances and conference events. Every seat enjoys a good view of the stage, and the relationship between performer and audience is what makes this theatre special.
Unfortunately due to the nature of the building, it is really not suitable for wheelchairs.
Good to know
Friends of Abingdon Abbey Buildings Trust (formerly The Friends of Abingdon) undertook the renovation and subsequent maintenance of the Abbey Buildings, many of which are scheduled ancient monuments. They include the Unicorn Theatre, a vibrant centre of cultural activities in Abingdon, and the Long Gallery, a superb spring and summer venue for wedding receptions and parties.