Not sure what to do with the kids this half-term? Never fear, as we round up all the best children's theatre in London this holiday, from puppet shows to kid-friendly musicals.
Fabulous children's theatre the Unicorn manage to find a unique way into an important bit of history. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, they stage this play about Vesta Tilley, the remarkable male impersonator from the music halls of the early 20th century who recruited young men to fight. Who says learning stops when school does? Ages 8-plus.Read more
The Southbank Centre maintains its status as one of the best cultural hubs to hang out in over half-term with this festival for kids. There's a huge amount on, from dance and music to film and comedy. But the theatre offerings are particularly exciting. A highlight is 'Alice's House of Cards' (Feb 14-22) taking place over half-term, which chimes with the Southbank Centre's celebration of the 150th anniversary of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Led by two actors, children are encouraged to respond to the piece which is a kind of installation and a play all in one. Plus there's classic kids theatre from 'Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play' (Feb 16-20) and a new, fantastical retelling 'The Princess and the Pea' by Mike Kenny (Feb 18-19).
Mad, surreal variety performance for kids that love the creepy crawlies. Huge puppet bugs appear onstage alongside their human counterparts. 'The Insect Circus' has been around for a while now, but this half-term there's promise of some zany new bugs to delight in. Ages 6-plus.Read more