Kids' theatre in London
Get the kids hooked on culture with these great London shows for young ones
Too big for puppets but too small to refrain from squirming for two full acts? Try one of these energetic theatre shows for kids. The productions on this list are best for ages five and up. If you're thinking smaller read about shows for younger children instead, or if they're getting on a bit try our family theatre shows page.
Shows for kids
The latest ice-skating spectacle from the Disney on Ice team features favourite characters from 'Toy Story', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Tinker Bell' and 'Cars'. Age 2+.
Puppet Theatre Norwich visit London with this humourous retelling of the traditional story of the princess and the croaker. Ages 4-8.
Hugely successful children's writer Jacqueline Wilson has her novel about Hetty Feather who escapes from ta children's home brought to the stage by Emma Reeves. Sally Cookson directs the show which will feature circus acts as Hetty escapes to a travelling circus in Victorian London.
Tim Crouch's second show at the Artsdepot this February to explore classic Shakespeare though the eyes of a sidelined character. Here, Caliban tells the story of his life stuck on Prospero's island at the end of 'The Tempest'. Ages 8+.
Brilliant theatre maker Tim Crouch performs his version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare's neglected fairy Peaseblossom. Modern and original text blends together in this funny, original show for everyone aged 8+.
Myth and modern day merge in this piece from Clwyd Theatr Cymru about a young boy in a quest to save his dad. When Freddie receives a text from his father who is fighting in a faraway land, only Freddie can help. Ages 8-14 ages.
Author of that classic fantasy novel 'The NeverEnding Story' Michael Ende has another of his books adapted as a musical which is here staged by Greenwich Theatre and Filament Theatre. 'Momo' follows Momo who is having to contned with The Men in Grey who are stealing time from her friends. The race is on to save world from the shadowy enemy. Ages 7-plus. Exact times and dates TBC.
Everyone's favourite Swedish/Finnish cartoon creation the Moomins get a stage outing here courtesy of Phil Porter and the Little Angel Theatre. Tove Jansson's original story is adapted by Porter to bring the weird white bear-type creatures to life as puppets in Moominvalley. This looks like a fun, summer-tinged meta-theatrical affair where the Moomins find a new home - a floating theatre - after Moomin valley is swept away by a flood. Ages 4-8.
The always interesting children's theatre company Theatre-Rites present a new show about rubbish and the value of the things we throw away. Watch the discarded contents of a bin-bag come to life before your eyes. Ages 6+.
The lovely Chickenshed theatre stages its interactive series of shows for kids in their studio theatre. Young children will likely love the chance to make lots of noise and help with the story. Each week different stories are presented with the same characters featured. Ages 0-7.
- Rated as: 4/5
This review is of the summer 2011 run of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. Those of a certain generation will remember having 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' read to them as a child, and the warm, familiar and comforting charm of the illustrations that accompanied it. David Wood's stage adaptation of the book beloved by children for 40 years is a delight from start to finish, imaginatively weaving songs, humour and audience participation together to give a loyal account of the tale: the
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