Top 10 children's theatre shows this half-term
Our critics' guide to the best shows to take this 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 this holiday, from puppet shows for the very young to exciting family dramas.
- Rated as: 4/5
- Critics choice
'My mummy says I'm a miracle,' lisps a pampered mini-me at a purgatorial kiddies' birthday party at the outset of this delicious, treacly-dark family show. The obnoxious ma and pa of its titular, gifted, pint-sized heroine are not, of course, quite so doting. Opening to rave reviews in Stratford-upon Avon before transferring to the West End in 2011 and snatching up Olivier Awards with all the alacrity of a sticky-fingered child in a sweetshop, Matthew Warchus's RSC production remains a treat. Ages 6+.
- Rated as: 4/5
Michael Rosen once performed a half-hour fundraising version of his classic children's book, which began life as a summer camp song, at this theatre. Now the Little Angel is producing its own show, which follows Sally Cookson's hectic, high-profile 2009 West End adaptation. Ages 2+.
This Sam Mendes-directed premiere of David Greig's musical version of Roald Dahl's classic book about a young boy's adventures in a fantastical sweet factory, is only in previews, but with its starry cast and director it looks to be the biggest and most exciting new West End family-friendly show. The wonderful Douglas Hodge –Tony and Olivier-winning star of the Menier's 'La Cage Aux Folles' – will play enigmatic chocolate maker Willy Wonka. Ages 7+.
A series of unexpected events follow the birth of a new foal in this puppet show farmyard adventure. With lighting and sound to excite the whole family. Ages 3+.
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