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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

Around the World in 80 Days

Excellent theatre director Lucy Bailey moves away from the bloodthirsty in her 'Titus Andronicus' over to something a little more family friendly. 'Around the World in 80 Days' is an adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel by Laura Eason - a writer for hit Netflix series 'House of Cards'.

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Until Sunday January 17 2016

Ben Hur

The epic novel 'Ben Hur' is being staged by the same people behind long-running funny West End hit 'The 39 Steps'. Four actors take on all the characters in General 'Lew' Wallace's classic book. This will likely be a madcap, merry send up of the original tale of Ben Hur's quest for revenge against the Romans.

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Tricycle , Kilburn Until Saturday January 9 2016


Cats will return for Christmas 2015 with a new cast headed by Beverley Knight as Grizabella.

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London Palladium , Soho Until Saturday January 2 2016

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens's classic 'A Christmas Carol' is adapted by Ciaran McConville for the Rose Theatre Kingston's Christmas show this year. The timeless classic has Ebenezer Scrooge hating Christmas and everything about it, until he is taken on a journey by some ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Tuesday December 1 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

The Ballad of Robin Hood

This is no ordinary trip to Sherwood Forest: Tacit Theatre's storytelling, onstage archery competition-hosting, mulled wine-dispensing approach sounds like it's halfway between 'Horrible Histories' and 'Game of Thrones'. Luckily, it's still suitable for all the family.

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday December 26 2015

The Little Match Girl

Critics' choice

This gorgeous adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's tale uses ballet and Italian opera to tell the story of a little girl who's left out in the cold by her cruel neighbours.

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Lilian Baylis Studio , Canonbury Saturday December 12 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Red Riding Hood

There's some fiercely festive fun on offer from this new musical adaptation of the tale of everyone's favourite red caped heroine (sorry Wonder Woman) from writing duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary. Will Red be distracted by the wolf as she ventures through the woods on a quest to save her family bakery?

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Pleasance Theatre , Lower Holloway Monday December 7 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Opera buffs and kids alike can enjoy the magic of classical music with David Bruce's opera is based on a spellbinding fairytale by Philip Pullman. Lila desperately wants to be a firework-maker like her father, but he claims it is no job for a girl. She runs away to learn the trade, meeting pirates, tigers and the terrifying Fire-Fiend on the way. Ages 6+.

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Royal Opera House , Covent Garden Thursday December 10 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

A Christmas Carol

That acting legend Jim Broadbent returns to the West End this Christmas to play the geezer Ebenezer Scrooge in an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol'.

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Monday November 30 2015 - Saturday January 30 2016

Baddies: The Musical

This hilarious new musical from the Unicorn takes a sharp-eyed look at fairytales' meanest, baddest characters. Villains including Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin are stuck in prison, and must fight for their right to be evil. The resulting story offers enough social satire and riffs on bedtime favourites to keep both adults and kiddies thoroughly entertained.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Thursday December 24 2015

Elf the Musical

Will Ferrell's comic turn as the human who thinks he's an elf in the film 'Elf' is a firm Christmas TV favourite. Now though, the story is heading for the bright lights and wooden boards of the West End.  Thomas Meehan, Bob Martin, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin's new musical version is heading to the Dominion Theatre over Christmas 2015. The revelation that 'Elf' has somehow managed to charge the highest ticket prices ever for a West End musical has slightly harshed the buzz of anticpation, but for those as can afford it, the show – which stars Ben Forster and Girls Aloud‘s Kimberley Walsh – should be a highlight of the season.  

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Dominion Theatre , Fitzrovia Until Saturday January 2 2016

The Lorax

The Old Vic's 2015 Christmas show this year is a new adaptation of Dr Seuss's intriguing storybook 'The Lorax' from David Grieg.

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Old Vic , Southwark Wednesday December 2 2015 - Saturday January 16 2016

The Nutcracker on Ice

The Imperial Ice Stars' 'Nutcracker On Ice' returns to London, this time to the Royal Albert Hall where it has been redesigned to fit the venue. The performers tell the tale of Marie, who gets a special Christmas gift when her favourite doll comes to life on Christmas Eve. It's classic seasonal stuff and likely to delight the kids.  

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Monday December 28 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

The creators of the West End smash 'The Play that Goes Wrong' Theatre return with their wantly disastrous adaptation of JM Barrie's classic children's play about the lost boys and Peter Pan.

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Friday December 4 2015 - Saturday January 30 2016

Slava's Snowshow

This review is of the show's 2014 run. 'Slava's Snowshow' returns over Christmas in 2015. Some people are wary of Christmas for good reason. Others – and this camp could really do us all a favour by giving themselves a stern talking to – bemoan things like 'the fuss' and 'those pesky pine needles that fall off the tree'.

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Royal Festival Hall , South Bank Wednesday December 16 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Pantomimes in London this Christmas

Christmas pantomimes in London

Where's the best pantomime in London this Christmas? It's behind you! Sorry, no, it isn't. It's in the list below. 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! :-)