Children's theatre FAQs
Everything you need to know about taking your kids to some of London's top theatres
London has enough wonderful children's theatre on offer that you'll find something to keep even the squirmiest of little ones entertained for an hour or two. It's best to remain prepared, though, so some of the city's theatres have provided information that should prove very useful to organised parents (and designated babysitters).
Am I allowed to bring food into the show? What’s best?
Yes, although we ask that you avoid ‘noisy’ foods such as crisps and sweets with wrappers.
Are there baby change facilities?
Yes. The male and female toilets and the welfare room on the basement level have baby change facilities.
Can I bring my baby as well? What happens if they start crying loudly? Would I have to take the older children out of the show too?
Yes. Children under 18 months old can come to shows free of charge (unless the show in question is designed specifically for children under 18 months), but please let box office know if you intend to bring a baby. If your baby starts crying and is disturbing the performance, our Front of House staff may ask you to temporarily leave the auditorium.
Do the kids have to remain completely silent throughout? What level of noise is acceptable in a children’s show?
Children don’t have to remain completely silent throughout the show and we like children to be able to respond to the action as they watch.
For shows with unreserved seating, do we have to get there early to make sure we can sit together?
Every show at the theatre has unreserved seating. Doors open early to allow enough time for you to decide where you would like to sit. We will always endeavour to sit parties together where possible, even when you book your tickets at different times, but we advise arriving 30mins before the performance starts to avoid disappointment.
How strict are age-limits? How can I find out more about a show so I can work out if it’s suitable for my child?
The age range is a guideline only, and this decision is at the discretion of the guardian. Is there a group discount? Yes we offer a family ticket on most shows (4 people, one of whom must be a child). We also offer a reduced ticket for school groups with 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased. The cost of these tickets can vary depending on the show but visit www.unicorntheatre.com or call Box Office on 020 7645 0560 for more details.
Is there somewhere we can eat a packed lunch before the show?
The theatre has a café and if it isn’t too busy, you can eat your packed lunch there before the show. The café tables cannot be reserved when the café is open, but it is possible to book the John Lyons Room for lunchtime use – please contact Box Office to discuss your requirements. If the weather is nice, Potters Fields is just a couple of minutes walk from the theatre and a great place to have a picnic.
What do I do with the pushchairs?
There is a pushchair store at the theatre and there is no charge for using this.
This light, bright children's theatre near More London has two performance spaces. Shows are devised in-house as well as by visiting companies and range from puppetry to actor-led productions. Under current artistic director Purni Morell it has aimed at a slightly older audience than Polka and the Little Angel, London's two other major children's theatres.
- Tooley St, SE1 2HZ
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