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Handa’s Surprise, Little Angel Theatre, 2022
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Children's theatre in London - the best shows for kids of all ages

From tiny tots to older kids, we've got your next family theatre trip covered.

Andrzej Lukowski
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Andrzej Lukowski
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It's never to early to introduce kids to the magic of theatre, and London's bursting with shows that'll delight junior audiences. There are gentle puppet shows for babies and toddlers. Rainbow bright, song-stuffed adventures for young kids. Smart dramas that are sure to hold teenagers rapt. And spectacular musicals that'll get the whole family on side.

Our kids’ theatre page normally contains information for children’s shows running in London theatres this month and next month, and is broken down into three categories.

Theatre for all the family is suitable for any age, including adults without children.

Theatre for older children is specifically aimed at school-age children and teenagers.

Theatre for babies, pre-schoolers and younger children does what the title suggests, and also includes shows suitable for younger school-age children.

Theatre for all the family

The Lion King
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Covent Garden

Nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence…

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Matilda the Musical
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Seven Dials

Matthew Warchus's RSC production of Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s Roald Dahl adaptation remains a treat.

Six the Musical
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Strand

This short musical romp through the (after)lives of Henry VIII’s six wives is perfect for adults and secondary school kids alike.

Theatre for older children

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Children's
  • Wimbledon

Midway between a panto, a musical and a morality lecture, Polka Theatre’s Christmas show ‘Cinderella: The Awesome Truth’ is a kinder, gentler alternative to a full-on panto, aimed at children aged five-plus.

Theatre for babies, pre-schoolers and younger children

  • Theatre
  • Children's
  • Canonbury

Handa is taking a range of seven different types of exotic fruits to a friend – but she soon discovers that seven different types of animal have very different ideas what to do with them. Age 2-5.

The Singing Mermaid
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theatre
  • Children's
  • Wimbledon

Stage adaptations of the works of prodigiously popular picture book author Julia Donaldson – she of ‘The Gruffalo’ – are common…

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  • Theatre
  • Children's
  • Canonbury

The Little Angel’s Christmas show for younger children is Matt Aston adaptation of Benji Davies kids’ books about the delightful relationship between a young boy, Noi, and the little whale he rescues after a storm washes it up on a beach. Ages four-to-eight.

  • Theatre
  • Children's
  • Wimbledon

This gentle shows for ages two to five follows young Sofia, who finds a mountain bike in the shed at the bottom and embarks on an epic race with her mum. It’s written and directed by Polka boss Peter Glanville.

New theatre this month

  • Theatre
  • Drama

London's theatre calendars are flooded with acclaimed shows, big names and hotshot directors, and there's no way anyone can see them all. As a starting point, the Time Out theatre team have picked the shows opening in London this month that you won't regret booking for.

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