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Kids' theatre in London

Get the kids hooked on culture with these great London shows for young ones

These bright, beautiful, and adventurous theatre shows are carefully designed to delight kids. We've handpicked children's shows from across London, from dedicated kids' venues like the Little Angel, Polka Theatre, and Unicorn Theatre, to quirkier fringe spaces. Expect everything from circus to comedy to puppetry to musicals.

The productions on this list are best for ages five and up. If you're looking for theatre for toddlers and pre-schoolers, check out our pick of shows for younger children. Or if you want something that'll delight grown-ups, too, look at our family theatre shows page.

Shows for kids

Me And My Bee

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. 

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Saturday April 28 2018

Grandad's Island

A lad and his grandad set off on ocean adventures in this show, based on Benji Davies's book 'Grandad's Island'. It's the work of Engine House Productions, who masterminded a wonderfully offbeat adaptation of 'Flat Stanley' at the Polka Theatre. Ages five to eight.

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Sunday April 22 2018

Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake

A slice of delicious chocolate cake disappears in one of Michael Rosen's hilarious kids' poems, packed full of lip-smacking language. Peter Glanville and Barb Jungr have turned it into a musical for kids, their follow-up to hugely popular family adaptations 'We're All Going On A Bear Hunt' and 'How To Hide A Lion'. Ages four-plus

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Saturday April 21 2018 - Sunday May 13 2018


Kids make their own puppets, then put them to work in Little Angel's interactive show for ages seven to 12. It's set in a recycling plant, where the audience become workers who are on a mission to save the planet, one eggbox at a time. 

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Sunday April 29 2018

Aliens Love Underpants

4 out of 5 stars

Forget crop-circles and abductions – according to ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, extraterrestrials travel to us from lightyears away solely to steal our precious undergarments. Adam Bampton-Smith’s adaptation of Claire Freedman’s bestselling children’s book tells the story of Timmy, a whimsical boy, whose dreams of becoming a spaceman come true when he journeys to Planet Janet...

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Underbelly Festival , South Bank Saturday April 21 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018

You've Got Dragons

Cardiff-based company Taking Flight's show helps kids' talk about how they can cope with dragons - aka worries and anxiety. Based on Kathryn Cave's book of the same name, it's an inventive show that shows a young girl's struggles at school and home, and how her quirky Dad learns to help her. 

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Saturday April 28 2018 - Sunday May 13 2018
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