Family shows in London

Keep the whole clan captivated with one of these family-friendly London shows

Just because you're planning your theatre trip with the little ones in mind doesn't mean you have to spend the evening trying not to nod off. You'll all be on the edge of your red velvet seats during these wonderful family-friendly London shows. Looking for something more age-specific? Try our theatre for young children or kids theatre pages instead.

Theatre for all the family

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

The world's largest maritime collection, housed in magnificent buildings and stuffed with curious objects and intriguing stories, is already an appealing thing to poke around in. But if anyone can make a museum really come to life it's immersive theatre magicians Punchdrunk, and their collaboration with the National Maritime Museum spells a real treat for children aged six-to-twelve (and the grown-ups that get to accompany them).

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National Maritime Museum Until Saturday August 1 2015

Billy Elliot the Musical

Critics' choice

Current cast features Harris Beattie, Harrison Dowzel, Redmand Rance and Kaine Ward as Billy. Six years after it first stamped, swore, and pirouetted into audiences' hearts, 'Billy Elliot the Musical' continues to mark itself out as one of the best nights in town.

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Victoria Palace Theatre Until Saturday December 19 2015

The Chair

Critics' choice

From the team that bought 2014's The Pardoner's Tale' comes this tale of Tiger Bay in Cardiff. The atmospheric docks holds a host of old tales of ghosts and a particularly evil barber. Lewis Gibson writes and directs.  Ages 7-plus.

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Unicorn Theatre Until Sunday April 12 2015

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Three

The third part of the stage adaptations of Terry Deary's wacky, off-beat educational history books for teens arrives in 2015. The stage productions have been appearing now for 10 years and this new instalment has Neal Foster and Anthony Spargo flirting with big events in British history such as the signing of the Magna Carta and more. Ages 6-plus.

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Garrick Theatre Saturday July 25 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

The Lion King

The posters have been plastered around the London Underground for 12 years – long enough for this show to rack up 5,000 performances – but nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence.

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Lyceum Theatre Until Sunday October 4 2015

Lord of the Flies

This review is of the show's 2011 run. Timothy Sheader's production returns to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for the summer 2015 season. Something dystopian has crash-landed in Regent’s Park.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Thursday September 3 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015

The Railway Children

Critics' choice

It was a big smash hit when Mike Kenney adapted E Nesbit’s much-loved children’s book ‘The Railway Children’ and Damian Cruden staged it actually on a platform at Waterloo in 2011. Now it returns, to a specially built 1,000 seater theatre built behind King’s Cross station (Google has loaned the area to the show for the run). Railway tracks and platforms will be created specially for the production, which tells of a group of children who move from London to a cottage in the country with their mother after their father is mysteriously taken away. 'Downton Abbey's Jeremy Swift will play kindly railwayman Mr Perks. 

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King's Cross Theatre Until Sunday September 6 2015

Treasure Island

Those salty buccaneers Polly Findlay and Bryony Lavery have taken Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate story by force, and given it quite the refit.

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National Theatre, Olivier Thursday April 2 2015 - Wednesday April 8 2015

The Twits

We can't seem to get enough of that hilariously naughty Norwegian-born kids book writer Roald Dahl. Following two  West End smash productions of 'Matilda' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Royal Court associate director John Tiffany is directing a new stage version of Dahl's funny short book about the revolting and extremely horrible Mr and Mrs Twit for ages 7-plus. Superb Scottish playwright Enda Walsh has 'mischievously' adapted the book (so things could get interesting) and with Tiffany riding high on his recent successes - 'Let The Right One In', 'Once' and 'The Pass' - this production well may be the next big children's hit. 

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Royal Court Theatre Tuesday April 7 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015


Jennifer DiNola is currently starring as Elphaba and Savannah Stevenson as Glinda. See official website for current full cast list. The film world continues its love affair with werewolves, vampires and all things 'Twilight'.

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Apollo Victoria Until Saturday April 30 2016
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