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. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Oct 31
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, WC2E 7RQ
  2. Tue Oct 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. Tue Oct 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. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Dec 19
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Theatre for children (5+)

Fantastic Mr Fox

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Nov 9
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  1. Unicorn Theatre Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 8
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  1. Purcell Room South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Tue Oct 28
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  1. Purcell Room South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Oct 29 - Sun Nov 2
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Theatre for young children (0-4)

  1. Unicorn Theatre Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Nov 2
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  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Tue Oct 28 - Tue Nov 4
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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Thu Nov 13 - Sat Nov 29
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  1. Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Wed Oct 29
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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