Artistic director Purni Morell has announced her new season at the Unicorn, the UK's only purpose built theatre for young audiences.

It opens with the world premiere of Christopher William Hill’s Mister Holgado, directed by Vanishing Point’s Matthew Lenton (The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth). Running from 24 March to 28 April 2013, it’s billed as “a playfully macabre story of a little boy, a tiger that lives in his wardrobe and a strange man who pays the family a visit.”

The Unicorn’s spring/summer season also features visits from international artists including Italy’s Compagnia Rodisio with Carnival (9-28 April) and Belgium’s Ontroerend Goed with Teenage Riot (10-11 May), as well as the return of Mark Arends’ acclaimed Something Very Far Away (21 May-2 June).

The Southwark venue will also host Oily Cart’s production Tube (12-22 June) for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, Nick Makoha’s My Father and Other Superheroes on Father’s Day and Box Clever’s Romeo and Juliet (29 April-9 May). And there will be a selection of shows for under fives - Shoofly Theatre’s You’re Not My Friend Anymore, Teater Pero’s Aston’s Stones and We Dance Wee Groove by stillmotion.

Rounding off the season, from 9 to 21 July 2013, award-winning theatre company Complicite presents its first show for families and young people, inspired by Zizou Corder’s Lionboy trilogy about a boy who can talk to cats. Adapted for stage by Mike Kenny (The Railway Children), Lionboy is directed by and directed by Complicite founder Annabel Arden in a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre.