The Velveteen Rabbit
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The Velveteen Rabbit
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The Velveteen Rabbit NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(3 Reviews)
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Members say
Delightful, Profound, Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the Show

London's Unicorn Theatre and New Victory Theatre bring Margery Williams's timeless tale of 'The Velveteen Rabbit' to life in this poignant adaptation about love, loss and growing up.

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72 Reviews | 16 Followers
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Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Profound

See it if you like heartwarming stories.

Don't see it if if think you are grown out of tales.

4 Reviews | 2 Followers
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Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are taking kids.

Don't see it if Its for kids or kids at heart.

1 Review | 0 Followers
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Cliched

See it if was ok...

Don't see it if fine show

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
January 24th, 2016

"It’s this slight tinge of melancholy, this sense of fun mingled with just a little sorrow, that gives the book much of its poignancy and power…The production nicely captures that tone, though at times the pacing seems too stately and the story theater approach too serious. A little more silliness, a touch more naughtiness would be welcome...Still, there’s much to admire. The production never talks down to children, and it makes a strong case for the importance and delight of imaginative play."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 27th, 2016

"With no more than a lone, brief mimetic gesture drawing the shape of long ears, Mr. Roe, a winning, straight-faced, fair-haired actor with a light scruff of a beard, came to be accepted as a stuffed, plush toy, thanks to the graceful and inventive direction in this confidently shaped production...The oohs and aahs that spread through the audience came mostly, though not exclusively, from the cooing children."
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Time Out London
April 1st, 2015
For a previous production

That’s the genius of Purni Morell’s staging for everyone aged four and over: its fiction is gossamer thin, even see-through...But we’re also watching something else, possibly without fully realising it: two young men on their myriad adventures, growing increasingly inseparable...this is a gorgeous slip of a show by anyone’s standards. It’s crafted with real care and precision."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 2nd, 2015
For a previous production

"This is a show with both a brain and a heart, and one that operates as a sustained metaphor. It completely trusts its audience, and so celebrates the power of every child's imagination as well as the importance of play-acting. It is also a salute to the thrilling transformative possibilities of theatre itself. An inventive, elegant design and the spare clarity of Morell's approach give us all the help we need."
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The London Evening Standard
April 10th, 2015
For a previous production

"One of the many reasons why 'The Velveteen Rabbit' has been a much-loved classic children’s book is the gentle anthropomorphic charm of its titular hero, the shy stuffed toy...The dispiriting thing about Purni Morell’s production is that this charm is almost entirely lacking...Precious alchemy is lost here. Instead Boy and bunny engage in pillow fights which, while superficially amusing, are hardly the point."
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Sketches on Theatre Blog
April 1st, 2015
For a previous production

"There are some – very rare – shows that have a confidence and magic about them from the moment they begin. ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, a beautiful adaptation of Margery Williams’ popular children’s book, is one of those shows. The audience is spell-bound from the off and, as the narrators begin to tell their tale, the spectators giggle and sigh as one. We are swept away by this gentle but powerful story and the young crowd holds its breath, hooked until the very last moment."
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Daily Mail (UK)
March 27th, 2014
For a previous production

"I saw it at a matinee and the sensation of slipping away from my day job at Parliament to sit in a theatre full of four and five-year-olds was bliss...A wriggling auditorium soon stilled once Paul Lloyd’s narrator started to tell the story of the toy rabbit who sits neglected in the nursery until one day he finds himself in his little master’s arms at bedtime...Their imaginations were hooked by the actors and a few props."
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British Theatre Guide
March 21st, 2014
For a previous production

"This adaptation takes the text and narrates it, with dialogue as in the original. Lloyd’s warm, fruity tones make him an excellent narrator, always keeping contact with his audience...Purni Morell’s direction keeps things bubbling and Button’s design sparks off the imagination. Add music, atmospheric lighting, choreographic input and three actors with plenty of personality and this is a blend that really delivers."
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