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Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term

Our critics' guide to the best shows to take the kids to this school holiday

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 during the next break (Monday Oct 24 - Friday Oct 28 2016). From puppet shows to child-friendly London musicals, we've got the kids' entertainment sorted.

RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to half-term in London

Bec and Tom's Awesome Laundry (No Kids Allowed)

Perky comedians Bec and Tom deliver an hour of good clean fun in this jokey kids' show, which scooped up rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. Bec is so desperate to escape doing the laundry that she tells stories, plays games and even makes paper puppets, while Tom does his best to reign in the silliness. Ages five-plus. 

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JW3 , Frognal Sunday October 30 2016


Steve the penguin is determined to leave his chilly homeland to join his cousins in South Africa - but he can't fly, so getting there will be a struggle. Or will it? Proteus Theatre's song-filled kids show features spectacular aerial choregraphy and a heartwarming message. Ages three-plus.

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

The Gruffalo

This stage production of Julia Donaldson’s massively successful picture book by Tall Stories has been around almost as long as the book – since 2001 – but its popularity shows no sign of waning. And nor should it: it's a soft, colourful and simple retelling that's full of songs and silliness.

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Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Jack And The Beans Talk

Nope, that's not a typo - Garlic Theatre's refreshing retelling of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' features talking beans, as well as their trademark combo of adorable puppets, jokes and audience participation.

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Blackheath Halls , Blackheath Saturday October 29 2016

Emily Rising

Goblin's puppetry piece is a heartfelt story aimed at older children. Dan Rebellato's play explores ideas of growing up by telling the tale of a girl who realises, one morning, that her feet won't touch the ground. As she soars across London, she realises her world is changing. Ages 7-plus.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Wednesday October 26 2016 - Sunday November 20 2016

Bedtime Stories

Tuck up into a real bed in this soothing immersive show from circus company Upswing. The piece uses 3D animation, music and circus to tell the tale of the little girl whose bedtime story is interrupted by her mum's work. Ages 5-plus.

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Stratford Circus Arts Centre , Stratford Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

3 Little Pigs

Stuff And Nonsense Theatre Company's latest show is a lively story of three pigs trying to build a wolf proof new home. It's an energetic, physical performance that features loveable puppets, songs and scary thrills. Ages two-plus.

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Jacksons Lane , Highgate Until Saturday October 29 2016

Around The World In 80 Days

Phileas Fogg is a reluctant adventurer who circles the globe for a bet. Touring company New International Encounter bring together a cast from across Europe to present a quirky retelling of Jules Verne's famous novel, in a family musical that's got the world in its sights.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday October 26 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Ready Steady Go!

Art and interactive theatre collide in this fun kids' half-term show. Colour a car, climb in and drive in an automobile adventure that's custom built for children aged 3-9. Book in advance to reserve your place.

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Discover Children's Story Centre , Stratford Until Friday October 28 2016

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Fall down a rabbit hole with this quirky show from Box Tale Soup. Two performers use a host of quirky puppets to conjure up the weird world of Wonderland, and a hand-painted set to show off all its surreal scenes. Ages four-plus.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Until Saturday October 29 2016

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London has enough fun lined up this half-term to have the family raring to leave the house

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


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