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. Wed Jul 23 - Sat May 30
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Matilda the Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Cambridge Theatre Earlham St, WC2H 9HU
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun May 24
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Billy Elliot the Musical

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Victoria Palace Theatre 126 Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sat Dec 19
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Theatre for children (5+)

  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sat Aug 16
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  1. Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Wed Jul 30
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The Elephantom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. New London Theatre Drury Lane, WC2B 5PQ
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sat Sep 6
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  1. Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
  2. Sun Aug 3 - Sun Aug 31
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Theatre for young children (0-4)

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 31
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  1. Churchill Theatre High Street, BR1 1HA
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Thu Sep 4
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  1. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sat Aug 16
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  1. Cadogan Hall Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
  2. Thu Jul 24 - Sun Aug 10
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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