About Unlimited Theatre

Formed in Leeds (UK) in 1997, Unlimited is what happens when the artists Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe make new work together.

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“Theatre that feels like being hugged by an old friend, only when you walk away you realise there’s a note about an insurrectionary meeting down at the docks in your pocket.” Rachel, who comes to all the shows.

We are storytellers.

Our stories are mostly for live performance, most often happening in theatres but also in public spaces and outdoors. Increasingly, we are making our stories with a ‘cross-platform curiosity’ – that is, with a desire to make and distribute them in other places (e.g. for the internet, broadcast and on mobile/digital devices) but still and always with an emphasis on the ‘liveness’ of that experience for our audiences. In 2013, we are one of the first companies to be supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts and other recent partners on projects include the Wellcome Trust, the European Space Agency and NASA.

Our work is (nearly) always co-created, with equal partnership in the creative process and in collaboration with an expanding pool of permanent staff, associate artists, scientists, technologists and educators.

We want to create world changing experiences.

We’re not claiming that our stories will change the world, in the sense that everything will be changed. But they will change or shift or inspire the thinking of everyone who participates. And they will have something new to take back out into the world with them. And thus the world will be changed. We don’t want to just create an entertainment. We absolutely want to change the world. For the better.

We take our work very seriously. We try not to take ourselves too seriously. If at all possible, we work really hard to enJOY our work.

We make shows and events for lots of different types of audiences of all ages and interests. We’re committed to evolving new ideas that shift our (and your) understanding of the world.

In recent years we’ve developed a dedicated strand of work for family audiences that has been about communicating new ideas from leading edge science and in particular “inspiring children in science”. In 2011 we were very proud to be awarded the “Arts, Culture & Heritage” category award at the National Charity Awards for this work – one of the most prestigious prizes in the UK charity sector which also recognises “excellence in charity management that will inspire others.” In the same year we were also awarded  the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Education & Outreach and the WISE Champion award for inspiring girls and young women into STEM related subjects and careers.

Previous awards include two Fringe Firsts for “innovation in theatre and outstanding production” at the Edinburgh Festival and nominations in the prestigious MEN Theatre Awards.

We are an Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisation based in Leeds where we are the company in residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. We regularly work with many of the UK’s major theatres, most currently Northern Stage in Newcastle, Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry and The Bush Theatre in London.

Unlimited tours extensively in the UK and has been invited to and presented work at international festivals and venues in the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Zimbabwe, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Singapore and the USA. Our work has also been recorded for and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Chinese State television.

Welcome to the show. We’re glad you could make it.

“The gifted Unlimited Theatre”
The Scotsman

“The excellent Unlimited Theatre… a company that has always combined infinite thoughtfulness with theatrical flair.”
The Guardian

“Stunningly brilliant stuff”
Yorkshire Evening Post

“The UK’s acclaimed Unlimited Theatre”
Los Angeles Times

“Theatre at its absolute best”
What’s On Stage

“One of the most exciting theatre companies around”
The British Theatre Guide

“An inspiring company”
The Stage

“A force to be reckoned with”
The Independent

We saw Mission to Mars at Curve in Leicester today - my kids, who go to the theatre a lot, said it was the best thing they had ever seen. My 8yo son said it was even better than 'Oliver' in the West End! Thank you so much; we had a wonderful afternoon!

- The Bannister Family

Absolutely awe-struck by #mission2mars from@untheatre and brilliant science folk. Go see, kids or not.

- @shezzavague on Twitter

Unlimited have been pioneers in combining theatre and science for adult audiences, fearlessly going where few other companies have gone before in exploring the metaphysical and everyday impact of scientific advances on our lives... Mission To Mars is great fun and if there's a sudden interest in science in the coming years among the children of south-west London and beyond, it may well be traced back to Unlimited's show for seven to 11-year-olds.

- The Guardian