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 Dec 19 - Sat Oct 31
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jun 28
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Fri Dec 19 - 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 Dec 19 - Sat Dec 19
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Theatre for children (5+)

Room on the Broom

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sat Feb 21
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  1. Unicorn Theatre Tooley St, SE1 2HZ
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 28
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Lionboy

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Jan 10
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Theatre for young children (0-4)

  1. Jacksons Lane Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5AA
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Feb 8
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  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Albany Theatre Douglas Way, SE8 4AG
  2. Sat Dec 20 - 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