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. Until Wed May 20
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Jul 20
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Dec 21
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Billy Elliot the Musical

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Victoria Palace Theatre 126 Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat May 16
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Theatre for children (5+)

  1. Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat Apr 19
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  1. Rose Theatre Kingston 24-26 High St, Kingston, KT1 1HL
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat Apr 19
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  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sat May 24
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  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Wed May 28 - Sat May 31
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Theatre for young children (0-4)

  1. Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Thu May 1
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  1. Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Sat Apr 26 - Sun May 11
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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