Even the smallest members of the family enjoy the odd stage show. Here are the Time Out theatre team's recommendations for kids' theatre and which performances will suit the very little ones, the nearly big ones, and the grown ups too. If you're planning ahead for the school holidays, check out top 10 children's theatre shows this half-term and our 101 things to do in London with kids. Or for treats the whole family can enjoy, have a look at our favourite West End theatre shows.
Theatre for children (5+)
After directing the delightfully silly kids' show 'Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore' for the Unicorn in 2016, director Tim Crouch is back with a new show about growing up. It's a story of three families in a damp holiday cottage, finding playful ways to get along. 'Beginners' is Unicorn Theatre's Easter Holiday show, and it's aimed at kids aged nine-plus.
Bees can count to three, recognise faces, and their work as pollinators makes them vital for our planet's survival. But they're dying out... Young company ThisEgg landed rave reviews for their comic family show about bees, starting a party and saving the world. Here's a chance to see it in London, as it sets off on tour this February.
Theatre for young children (0-4)
Theatre for all the family
'Matilda' must be making its creators, playwright Dennis Kelly and comedian-songsmith Tim Minchin, a very pair of proud parents. Like the curly-haired little girl in the famous nursery rhyme, when it is good, it is very, very good. And it's even better when it's horrid.
Masterminded by touring circus company Zippos, 'Cirque Berserk' is a thrilling show that's custom-designed for indoor theatre spaces. This February, it'll call in at Peacock Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East with a high-octane line-up of acts, including acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and motorcycle stunts. Ages five-plus.
Nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence. With the surge of 'Circle Of Life' reverberating through your chest, Julie Taymor's animal creations march on, species by species. For a global blockbuster, 'The Lion King's absolute theatricality is astonishing. It's perfect for a musical, allowing both distinct flavours and an eclectic carnival spirit.
This anarchic crew of acrobats are co-headlining Roundhouse's CircusFest with a new family friendly show. 'Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine' is set in a world of mechanical chaos, complete with steampunk-style contraptions that performers navigate to breathtaking effect.