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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

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. It's a revival of Cookson's 2012 Bristol Old Vic production, which scooped some rave reviews for its subversive, dressing-up box aesthetic. This time round, the production's cast will include Lois Chimimba (who played the lead Aly in the NT's disastrous festive offering Wonder.land last year) and Sophie Thompson, in the dual role of Captain Hook and Mrs Darling .

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday November 16 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Little kids will wriggle in excitement at this festive treat, based on Eric Carle's gorgeous watercolour picture books. As well as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', Jonathan Rockefeller's family-friendly stage show will adapt three lesser known stories: 'The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse', 'Mister Seahorse', and 'The Very Lonely Firefly'.  The production started out in Australia before touring to New York's Broadway, where it scooped up plaudits for its agile cast of 75 puppets.  

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Ambassadors Theatre , Covent Garden Friday December 2 2016 - Saturday January 7 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 Thursday October 20 2016 - Sunday January 29 2017

The Red Shoes

Ballet lovers will be entranced by the latest dance-theatre spectacular from Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures. It's an adapation of the classic movie, which looks at the dark side of the Hollywood golden age. Bourne's adaptation will mix surreal, cinematic style with the everyday life of a touring dance company. 

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Sadler's Wells , Finsbury Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016


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! :-)