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Family Christmas shows in London

Our guide to the best family-friendly shows and children's theatre this Christmas

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family. Find the one that all of your lot will love and book tickets so you don't miss out.

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Family Christmas shows in London

All the Angels

The Globe's other Christmas show – alongside 'The Little Matchgirl' – is this sort of live 'the story behind the music' from poet Nick Drake…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday February 12 2017

The Little Match Girl (and Other Happier Tales)

An actual proper Christmas show for Shakespeare's Globe this year, as new boss Emma Rice directs Joel Horwood's adptation of a smorgasboard of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, including the titular weepie. We're promised 'music' puppetry and candlelight' and it's billed as being 'for adults and brave children alike'.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday January 20 2017 - Saturday January 21 2017

NoFit State Circus: Bianco

This circus show is full of enchanting images, huge swathes of flowing fabric and astonishing acrobatic feats. Watch a troupe of aerial performers fly through the air and create images of dreamy romance.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 22 2017

Peter Pan

Sally Cookson, the director behind the NT's acclaimed 'Jane Eyre' adaptation, returns with this inventive take on the story of the boy who would not grow up. 'Peter Pan' is JM Barrie's fantastical take on growing pains, featuring well-loved characters like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. This family show should be a bit sharper than the hordes of 'Peter Pan' pantos that fill theatres at Christmas.

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National Theatre, Olivier , South Bank Until Saturday February 4 2017

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

This festive comedy from the team behind West End smash-hit ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, is an ingeniously simple, but hilarious riff on JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’. There's high-flying silliness, plenty of slapstick, and whip-smart comic timing from a tight ensemble cast. 

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Sunday January 29 2017

Pick a perfect pantomime this Christmas

Christmas pantomimes in London

We've gathered the brightest, brashest pantos coming to the capital this winter, so take your pick from the grown-up silliness and childish fun featuring comedians, celebrities and hairy-legged dames.

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By: Andrzej Lukowski


Anne C
Anne C

Memphis Musical has it all...Beverly Knight, @mattcardle and a fantastic cast of dancers and singers. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but you will go away feeling uplifted! :-)

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