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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 Box Of Photographs

Award-winning playwright Daniel Jamieson's lively new adventure play is based on hundreds of stories by local children. They were shown photographs collected by Donne Buck, a pioneer in establishing adventure playgrounds in London and beyond. Inspired by his work, they've helped create an anarchic performance where imagination makes the rules.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday May 4 2016 - Sunday May 15 2016

Grandad And Me

A gorgeous living storybook from the Letter J company, this show tells the story of a young girl who misses her Grandad. She follows in his footsteps on a magical journey that helps children explore themes of loss and memory.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Saturday June 4 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

Running Wild

Samuel Adamson adapts an Indonesian elephant adventure by Michael Morpurgo, the children's author whose book inspired West End smash 'War Horse'. Some of the horsey hit's puppeteers are on board too, to create a richly visual story of what happens to Will and his elephant Oona when tsunami strikes.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday May 13 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Critics' choice

Michael Rosen’s rhythmic tale about a family which goes looking for bears is addictively popular with tots. And it's very nicely adapted here by a sweet-throated troupe of Little Angel puppeteers, who add soulful folk songs to the story. Ages 3-6.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Wednesday May 4 2016 - Sunday June 26 2016

Little Red Riding Hood

The Berry Theatre presents an adaptation of the traditional tale written by Olivier Award-winning Mike Kenny with songs by Simon Slater and directed by Owen Calvert-Lyons. Come along in your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies, and slippers if you like!

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Artsdepot , North Finchley Friday May 27 2016 - Wednesday June 1 2016

The Showstoppers' Fantastical Story Factory

The Showstoppers team have made their mark on the grown up theatre scene - and the West End too - with their rapid-fire improvised musicals. This kids' version of their show will take children on a magical musical adventure based on their suggestions, however silly. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday May 7 2016 - Saturday July 2 2016


The famous story of the orphan girl with the bright red hair is one of Broadway's best loved musicals. In this version, 'Birds of a Feather' star Lesley Joseph stars as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, orphanage matron. With sunny hit songs including 'Tomorrow', there's nothing like a play about life in a 1930s orphanage to convince the kids that it's not such a hard knock life, after all. 

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Fairfield Halls , Croydon Until Saturday May 7 2016

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Emma Rice brings her former company Kneehigh to the Globe for the second time this summer with this big, boisterous, music-filled show adapted from a 2006 novella by 'War Horse' man Michael Morpurgo. Set during the Second World War, it follows the goings on in a Devon town, an idyll shattered by the terrible carnage of a botched training exercise that claimed the lives of 946 American servicemen.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday August 11 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

The Librarian

Ever been lost in a book? This imaginative performance will set kids on the trail of a very unusual librarian, and an even more unusual book. Audio guides will lead them through an interactive adventure that's all about the magic of stories. Discover Children's Story Centre are taking this magical experience on a trip round East London libraries and schools. Ages four-plus.

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Leytonstone Library , Leytonstone Until Saturday May 28 2016
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