Season 2 @ L and U!

We are delighted to announce details of our forthcoming SEASON 2 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in the heart of Kentish Town.

Following a highly successful launch season which saw the theatre provide a platform for the best of the fringe and beyond, and a revived Camden Fringe festival programme in Summer 2019, the theatre announces a new programme of shows for Autumn / Winter 2019.

Kicking off the season, Associate Artists Proforca Theatre Company present “At Last” by James Lewis and Alexander Knott, directed by David Brady with Jess Barton. At Last is a searing search for the truth as seven people face the consequences of 10 years of a totalitarian regime in the UK as a brave new world is born.

Following “At Last” we welcome shows from new theatre company “Kindling Collective” as well as new pieces of work from Loosely Based Theatre Company, Laughing Mirror, Laughing Stock Theatre Company, Tripped Theatre and LinC Theatre as well as work from the brilliant Uncanny Collective and James Broadley.

The theatre continues its quest to champion the best of new writing and talent on offer from London’s busy fringe theatre community with new writing nights from Bee in My Beanie, Hooked Theatre, & Far Cry Theatre Company.

In addition, the theatre is also delighted to be honouring its roots as a true pub theatre venue through hosting the inaugural London Pub Theatre Awards as well as the second part of the London Pub Theatres Festival run by Theatre Full Stop.

We round out the season with a very special Festive treat, as The Dickens Theatre Company present a special two week run of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, which rounds out a very busy and exciting 2019 for the theatre under its new management by Proforca Theatre Company.

The season launches with a very special Q & A following the Thursday evening performance of “At Last” which will be chaired by Terri Paddock for My Theatre Mates. For more information and to join us and our brilliant companies visit our website. We can’t welcome you back to Kentish Town this Autumn!

“In our opening season we welcomed the best of the fringe and Season Two continues in that tradition by welcoming some equally brilliant performers and creatives to the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. We’re going to explore the dark side, take some risks as well as fully embrace our roots and the best of London’s Pub Theatre as well as continuing in our mission to help the brilliant people that make up our fringe community to #BeWhoYouWantToBe.

David Brady
Artistic Director, Lion & Unicorn Theatre

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre is a 60 seat studio theatre in the heart of Kentish Town, above the Lion & Unicorn Pub. For more information visit our website at or follow us on social media (Twitter, instagram and Facebook) @landutheatre.

Duty Manager Recruitment (Casual)


We are looking to expand our team of Duty Managers for our very busy and expanding fringe theatre team in London. Our Duty Managers are the first point of contact for our audiences and visiting companies and are responsible for running the box office as well as ensuring all our shows in the venue run super smoothly and successfully.

From our regular seasonal programming to Camden Fringe and beyond, we have aims to create a brave and brilliant new fringe theatre destination in London which represents the very best that the fringe has to offer. We want to tell amazing and exciting stories from the amazing theatre makers we are so pleased to work with. and you can be part of our adventure.

So whoever you are and wherever you’re from, The Lion & Unicorn Theatre Is the place where you can #BeWhoYouWantToBe and we’re looking for some great new people to join our family.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Welcoming our audiences to The Lion & Unicorn Theatre

  • Opening and managing the Box Office

  • Ensuring the Health & Safety of our audiences and visiting companies while a show is in progress.

  • Engaging with audiences at the end of a show as part of our ongoing revenue generation strategy.

  • Supervising Get ins / Get outs

  • Ensuring the theatre is clean and tidy, and that everything is in working order.  

  • Other jobs in support of the theatre as required.

 About You:

  •  Well presented with excellent customer service skills.

  • Confident, articulate and outgoing, you’ll be comfortable working with people of all kinds and provide a warm and friendly welcome to The Lion & Unicorn Theatre.

  • A good problem solver, be able to think on your feet and resolve issues quickly and effectively.

  • You’ll have the ability to multitask and work quickly on your own initiative.

  • Understand and be comfortable with basic IT / Box Office system.

  • You’ll also ideally have a basic understanding of theatre tech. (Training will be given).

  • You’ll also be as passionate about Fringe Theatre (and the brilliant people that make it) as we are!

 All our Duty Managers receive free tickets to performances at the theatre and also a monthly allocation of free rehearsal space. Full training is also provided. We’re looking for people to commit to ideally at least one shift per week and the role is paid.

 For more information or to apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to - we’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Autumn / Winter 2019 - Submissions open NOW!

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre opens under new management in Spring 2019 and our submission process for new work is open now! We are currently looking for work for the following:

  • AUTUMN / WINTER 2019 (SEPT - DEC 2019)

In addition to the above we also accept speculative programming throughout the year -please email your show details following the process below and we’ll be in touch if we can fit you in!

So whether you’re making work based on new writing, gig theatre, children’s shows, physical theatre, one person shows, improv or an interesting take on an old classic, we want to help you BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE. We know how intimidating it can be to put on a performance, so we want to help make you feel as welcome as supported as possible!


One of the best things about fringe theatre in London is the massive and diverse range of stories that are told every day in venues like The Lion & Unicorn Theatre.

  • Long Run (2/3 Weeks) for promising brand new work.

  • Short Runs

  • Scratch Nights & one-off performances

  • R&D, Ed Fringe previews and other short works

  • Anything weird and wonderful - come send us your ideas!


  • Space to make and perform your work in a prestigious Zone 1 location.

  • Favourable hire terms.

  • Free rehearsal space (for longer runs) - by arrangement

  • FOH & Box Office Support

  • Production support and creative feedback on your project.

  • Support with Marketing & PR

  • Advice, Guidance and Mentoring on staging your work from industry experts.

  • Supportive relationships with industry partners who can help produce your work and make it happen


We want producing a show at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre to be a fantastic experience for you and your team. We make our own work too, and we understand all the perils, pitfalls and responsibilities involved in making a show - and we want to go on the adventure with you too!

We’re looking for people like us who are INVESTED, ENGAGED and the best fun to be with!

  • Dynamic, enthusiastic theatre-makers with GREAT stories to tell.

  • Fun, hardworking and focused individuals and companies who are committed to producing great work and to putting every effort into promoting their shows, selling tickets, and bringing the best audiences they can.

  • WRITERS! - for the first time we’re on the hunt for your stories. We’re opening submissions to writers to potentially have their work produced in house at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre and we’re accepting submissions at this time for new fringe stories.

    • Shows designed for small casts (4 actors and under)

    • Work designed for a black box studio theatre space

    • We’re looking for writers from all backgrounds and walks of life!

    • Must be previously unperformed or produced.


  1. Complete and return our SUBMISSIONS FORM which outlines full details of the show you would like to perform (Link to form HERE:) - (IMPORTANT: PLEASE INDICATE WHICH SEASON YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR)

  2. Include full details of your marketing plan and any other information you think we might need.

  3. Once we’ve reviewed your submission, we’ll come back to you and arrange a meeting. (NB: We always invite companies to come in and “pitch” their project to us too!)

  4. We always provide an acknowledgement that we’ve received your submission and then feedback on whether it will be a good fit, but please be patient while we review the applications. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

  5. Once we’ve reviewed the information and programmed a season, we’ll include you in our season announcements and go through next steps with you!


The best way to “get involved” is to send us an email, invite us to come see you perform or simply give us a shout and we’ll go for a coffee - we know a really brilliant place to meet for a drink!

Good Luck - We can’t wait to meet you!

Lion & Unicorn Theatre relaunches March 12th 2019!

London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre to relaunch under new management: David Brady, Artistic Director of fast rising Proforca Theatre Company.

Proforca Theatre Company, which has rapidly built a reputation with its touring Off West End productions including Reading Gaol and Feel, is taking over management of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, the 60-seat black box studio based above the newly renovated Lion & Unicorn pub in Kentish Town, London.

Under Proforca, and its artistic director David Brady, the relaunched Lion & Unicorn Theatre will provide a home for the best, diverse pool of theatre making talent with exciting plans and favourable artist terms.

As part of its opening season, the new Lion & Unicorn officially launches with Proforca’s own critically acclaimed productions of James Lewis’ Feel and spin-off series of new monologues from six other writers Feel More, transferring to the theatre on 8th March following its recent run at The Space and a short regional tour.

Programming submissions for spring, summer and Camden Fringe are also now open and being accepted via the theatre’s new website. For more information and to apply, visit and come along to the Lion & Unicorn’s industry launch event.

To celebrate and announce further plans, Proforca are inviting industry guests and theatregoers for fizz, a Q&A with industry and company patrons, and a special performance of Feel on Tuesday 12th March 2019. All tickets are offered on a “Pay what you can” basis (donations welcome for the running of the new theatre).

We are excited to invite you to the industry launch of the all new Lion & Unicorn Theatre on Tuesday 12th March from 6:30PM. At 7PM Terri Paddock will chair a Q&A with incoming Artistic Director David Brady and Artistic Directors of two associate companies, Jess Barton (Proforca Associate Director) of Fight or Flight Productions; Alexander Knott of Boxless Theatre, as well as (Proforca Advisory Director) Producer/ Writer/ Performer, Lauren Gauge to announce programming plans. A special performance of Feel will follow at 7:30PM.

The Q&A will be live streamed by @TerriPaddock: follow the industry guest speakers on Twitter @ProforcaTheatre, @BoxlessTheatre, @_fightorflight, @LGauge

Please RSVP to Lauren Gauge - or CLICK HERE TO SECURE TICKETS!

Artistic Director David Brady said:

“In conjunction with the brilliant friends and partners we’ve made over the last few years, we want to create a fringe theatre venue with the reputation to produce brilliant work from the best that The Fringe has to offer.

“Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, the Lion & Unicorn Theatre can be the place where you can be who you want to be. Taking over the theatre is going to be a fantastic adventure, and we hope that everyone will come along with us for the trip of a lifetime.

“For our opening, including this event on 12 March, we’re so excited to throw open the doors to welcome new artists and theatre makers. Please come to meet us and let’s talk about the work we can do together!”

Social Media: #bewhoyouwanttobe

Address: Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street, London, NW5 3ED


For Press Features and Interviews and to RSVP: Lauren Gauge PR |


Join us as we celebrate the re-launch of The Lion & Unicorn Theatre with a very special run of performances!

Feel by James Lewis 8th-14th March

“One day, maybe even tomorrow, and maybe only once, I want to wake up and feel it. Feel like today is the day when I'm not going to feel so bloody awful and alone all the time…”

Jamie and Naomi collide on a weekend that will cause them to question everything they ever thought they knew about themselves.

Nick meets Karen and their lives will never be the same again.

In a world where love can be swiped on a whim and the path of your whole life is determined by the delay of just one train, is there ever the right time to say what you really feel?

Proforça Theatre Company presents this critically acclaimed new piece of writing about a search for fulfilment, second-hand love and the hope of one day becoming something better than you are.

Because sometimes, to follow your heart you have to give it away to someone else.

Feel is written by James Lewis and directed by David Brady.

Running Time: 110 Minutes Approx (15 Minute Interval) 
Contains strong language and adult themes. 


★★★★★ -  "An Extraordinary evening's entertainment as it hops between being ingeniously witty and soul-wrenchingly moving" - The Spy In The Stalls

★★★★★ -  "James Lewis’ writing is raw and unforgiving. Feel as a play is a joy to watch. And Proforca Theatre is a company to watch too." - My Theatre Mates

★★★★ - "Brilliant - the deep message will make you ask yourself questions" - London Theatre Reviews

★★★★ - "Simply staged and lovingly performed - a strong piece of writing succeeds in its aim to present a uniquely London take on love" - London Pub Theatres

★★★★  - "brilliantly directed and acted play." - Theatre & Art Reviews

"compelling performances and a script that gives moments of delight in its authenticity. Bravo!” - Night Theatre Project

Feel More by seven new writers – Seven more stories from the world of Feel

 “Imagine that person you stood next to on the platform this morning. The guy behind the bar that listens. The girl trying to reach someone and the guy from the morning after the night before. Then there’s the woman from UKIP or whatever she is who keeps giving out those stickers. Imagine someone else's life. How do you think they feel?”

8.7 Million stories. The sound of 8.7 million hearts beating. 8.7 million pairs of lungs breathing the same air. 8.7 million hopes and dreams in the same city. Sharing the same sky and the same tunnels and all of them trying to find their own path.

Imagine someone else's life, just for a minute.

But with 8.7 million people all talking at once is it possible to find your own voice and make it loud enough to truly tell someone how you really feel?

Written by Hannah Bates, Marcus Bernard, Paul Bradshaw, Fergus Church, Jack Albert Cook, James Lewis and Alexander Knott.

Directed by Jess Barton

Executive Producer, David Brady

Running Time: 120 Minutes Approx (15 Minute Interval) 
Contains strong language and adult themes. 

PRAISE FOR FEEL MORE (2018 Edition):

★★★★ -  "a night of very exciting new writing showcased by some wonderful performances. Take note. This is what a night of monologues should look like." - The Spy In The Stalls

Social Media Details:
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