About Unlimited Theatre

We are storytellers and we want to change the world (even a little bit) for the better.

Unlimited is a company of artists and producers based in Leeds UK making and telling inspirational stories for live performance in public spaces – theatres, festivals, galleries, museums, the streets of your city, on the internet and for broadcast.

We specialise in collaborating with scientists and telling stories inspired by leading edge developments by researchers at the forefront of their fields.

“Unlimited have been pioneers in combining theatre and science, fearlessly going where few other companies have gone before in exploring the metaphysical and everyday impact of scientific advances on our lives” The Guardian

While much of our work with scientists is for an adult audience, we have a dedicated strand for children delivered through the Unlimited Space Agency (UNSA).

UNSA’s patron is the British astronaut Tim Peake and our partners in our mission to “inspire the next generation of poet-scientists and space explorers” include the Science Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Met Office, the British Science Association and the European Space Agency.

“The Unlimited Space Agency is great. Their approach to inspiring children about science is rigorous, fun and it works! I’m proud to serve with them on their mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and space explorers.” Tim Peake, astronaut

UNSA creates interactive adventures for children to inspire them in science and has won a series of prestigious prizes for its work including a National Charity Award, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education & Outreach, the WISE Champion Award for inspiring young women and girls in STEM subjects and the global “Best Mission Concept” from NASA.

Beyond our work with scientists, we also create touring shows inspired by our obsessions – our most recent shows have been about money, death and flying bears. We are currently making a new one about the search for eternal youth and developing a large scale outdoor performance for the streets of Leeds city centre all about love.

While Unlimited is led by a core creative team of artists and producers, the shows are always co-created in collaboration with an expanding pool of associate artists, scientists, technologists and  permanent support staff. Whenever possible we aim to create the shows with as well as for our audiences – you.

Welcome to the shows. We hope you can join us.

Founded in 1997, Unlimited is an Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisation based in Leeds and currently living at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The company tours extensively in the UK and has presented work at international festivals and venues in the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Zimbabwe, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Singapore, South Africa, and the USA.

Core Artists…

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About Clare Duffy (Founding Member)

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About Jon Spooner (Founding Member and Artistic Director)

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About Chris Thorpe (Founding Member)

Meet the rest of The Company by clicking here

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

This playful, thoughtful and riotously entertaining piece is right on the money... a chilling reminder of how easily the pound in your pocket could be worth nothing at all. ****

- The Guardian

The interactive element is brilliantly conceived, capturing the thrilling adrenal kick of competition and gambling.

- New Statesman

A brightly apocalyptic guide to the way of all lucre during the last couple of decades... It makes you, as a participant in its games, feel silly, sordid and finally scared. It also provides the most ingenious and sobering explanation I’ve come across for the current fascination with zombies in our culture.

- Ben Brantley, Chief Theatre Critic New York Times


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