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 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
Watch out, tired revivals: there’s a new kid in town. Inspired by a 2011 BBC documentary about a teenager who wanted to be a drag queen, the show follows 16-year-old Jamie on his journey to be himself. And it's cool and energetic enough to thrill both secondary school kids and their parents.
The posters have been plastered around the London Underground for years – long enough for this show to become the most successful musical of all time – but nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence…
For its first ever family Christmas show, the Bridge Theatre bags the London transfer of director Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of CS Lewis’s beloved kids’ fantasy novel, which ran to great acclaim at Leeds Playhouse in 2017…
'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…
A little chimney sweep, born into a cruel world, finds his suffering is ended when he is swept away and turned into a ‘water baby’, winding up in an enchanted underwater kingdom full of fish and fairies.
Theatre for older children
Rachel Bagshaw directs a new production of a play by contemporary German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, a bouyant look at challenges of urban life for an isolated and neglected child. Suitable for ages 8-12.
Tim Crouch returns to his series of shows for young people focusing on minor Shakespearean characters. This time it's the turn of Cinna – a poet torn to pieces by an angry mob in 'Julius Caesar'. Hear his side of the story in a one-man performance from the always mischievously engaging Crouch.
Most of London’s glut of seasonal family theatre shows closed on the first weekend of January, but the Little Angel still has plenty of leftovers to go round, with both of its Christmas shows running into February…
Neil Gaiman gets the puppet treatment in this new stage version of his graphic novel. Lucy is convinced there are wolves living in the walls of her home, but her family won't believe her – until the day they burst out. Toby Olié directs a spooky, frenetic show, featuring original songs by Adam Pleeth and Carl Grose.
Theatre for babies, pre-schoolers and younger children
‘Me…’, is a charmfest that’s unlikely to upset even the most lily-livered pre-schooler. Featuring a cute bundle of day-old penguin fluff and an icy antarctic environment shaped like a half pipe, it is simple, short and sweet…
A returning version of a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson's 'The Paper Dolls', about a little girl who cuts out a string of paper dolls and takes them on an adventure. London's premiere puppet theatre brings it beautifully to life. Ages 3-7.
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