Children's theatre in London

Keep the kids quiet with a bit of culture at one of London's family-friendly shows

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Even the smallest members of the family enjoy the odd stage show. Here are the Time Out theatre team's recommendations for which performances will suit the very little ones, the nearly big ones, and the grown ups.

Theatre for all the family

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Theatre Royal Drury Lane Catherine St, WC2B 5JF
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Oct 31
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Mar 29
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Dec 20
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Billy Elliot the Musical

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Victoria Palace Theatre 126 Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Dec 19
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Theatre for children (5+)

Dusk

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Nov 29
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Room on the Broom

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 11
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Lionboy

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Jan 10
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Theatre for young children (0-4)

  1. Artsdepot Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Sat Dec 13
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  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Dec 13 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Albany Theatre Douglas Way, SE8 4AG
  2. Wed Dec 10 - Sun Jan 4
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5 comments
Lucy Limon
Lucy Limon

Which play does that top photo show, the one with the train steaming down the middle of the theatre?? That looks amazing. Thanks

Lucy Limon
Lucy Limon

Which play does that top photo show, the one with the train steaming down the middle of the theatre?? That looks amazing. Thanks

Andrzej
Andrzej

Re: Elaine: the smaller theatres tend to be represented more by the 'for children' and 'for young children' tabs at the top of the screen - if you click on them you'll see shows at the Little Angel et al, it's just that the genuinely 'family friendly' shows (ie anyone of any age could see them) tend to gravitate towards the West End while the specialist children's theatre tend to put on shows that are actively aimed at children only. Might rethink this one if it's not clear!

elaine turner
elaine turner

this sight is too west end based- what is needed is some information regarding small theatres that we can take our kids to without getting a new mortgage