Children's theatre in London
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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 young children
- Rated as: 5/5
This is one children's show where the adults are guaranteed to laugh as hard as the kids (and probably more). Little Angel's latest, puppet-enhanced production tells the wonderfully silly and surreal story of ballet-mad mutt, Biff, and his owner Anna. It's a rollicking romp that manages to subtly pose questions about difference and stereotyping. And there's a dog in a pink tutu dancing to Swan Lake. Ages 2-6. Part of London Literature Festival.
A series of unexpected events follow the birth of a new foal in this puppet show farmyard adventure. With lighting and sound to excite everyone aged three years old and over.
An adaptation of the Grimm fairytale classic, where brother and sister Hansel and Gretel have to outsmart the evil witch. Ages 3+
Singer and performer Natalie Raybould's playful, intimate piece for adults and their babies is layered with musical and visual surprises. It's also something of a pioneering moment – it involves Polka for the first time scheduling performances for expectant mums and their bumps. 0-12 months.
Michael Rosen once performed a half-hour fundraising version of his classic children's book, which began life as a summer camp song, at this theatre. Now the Little Angel is producing its own show, which follows Sally Cookson's hectic, high-profile 2009 West End adaptation. Ages 2+.
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