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Kids' theatre in London

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

Too big for puppets but too small to refrain from squirming for two full acts? Try one of these energetic theatre shows for kids. The productions on this list are best for ages five and up. If you're thinking smaller read about shows for younger children instead, or if they're getting on a bit try our family theatre shows page.

Shows for kids

Red Riding Hood And The Wolf

Little Angel's new show tells the story of 'Red Riding Hood and the Wolf' from a paw-some new viewpoint. The big bad wolf explains why he's a lot nicer than he seems, in a smart reimagining of the classic fairy story by playwright Jon Barton. Ages five-plus.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Sunday July 16 2017

The Adventures Of The Little Ghost

A ghost dreams of seeing daylight for one last time in 'The Adventures of the Little Ghost', a family dance show based on the book by Ottfried Preussler. Sophie Nüzel's inventive approach mixes contemporary dance, freerunning, and a 30 cast of local dancers aged anything from nine to 80. Ages four-plus

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Until Sunday May 28 2017

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

This is one children's show where the adults are guaranteed to laugh as hard as the kids (and probably more). Little Angel's latest production tells the superbly silly and at times wonderfully surreal story of ballet-mad mutt, Biff, whose dream is to become a ballerina and dance alongside his owner, the similarly ballet-smitten Anna. Ages 2-6

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Sunday July 16 2017
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Happily Ever After

This fairytale-with-a-twist is a story of a queen who's desperate to marry off her son. But that 'Happily Ever After' ending is hard to come by. Action Transport Theatre use visual theatre and clowning to bring this story to life. Ages five-plus.

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Greenwich Theatre , Greenwich Thursday June 1 2017

Adventures in Wonderland

Kids are invited on an underground odyssey in this immersive show inspired by 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Playing alongside its older sister 'Alice's Adventures Underground', it lets kids weave their way through a host of fantastically decorated rooms. There's also a chance to join in a big topsy-turvey tea party, and to play croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Ages five-plus.  

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday September 3 2017

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain

Treat the kids to a hysterical historical day out this half-term. The smart, funny children’s book series ‘Horrible Histories’ is brought to life in a series of colourful shows by The Birmingham Stage Company and their latest show at Hampton Court palace is an outdoor romp through the centuries, taking a sideways look at Britain in all its gory glory. Find out the gruesome truth behind the fates of Henry VIII’s wives, what actually happened to Guy Fawkes and just how quirky Queen Victoria really was. The one-hour show is staged in the Palace grounds – bring a blanket and a picnic then enjoy this theatrical feast of fun. Visit here for more information.  Prices: Live show only £12, child £7, under-fives free (but ticket required). Live show PLUS palace, maze and The Magic Garden entry £26, child £13, under-fives free (but ticket required).   

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Hampton Court Palace , London Sat May 27 - Sat Jun 3
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Tales Of Birbal

This storytelling show from Mashi Theatre takes kids on a wild adventure through the tales of the Indian subcontinent. In 'Tales of Birbal', two quirky characters will use music, silliness and puppets to bring these ancient stories to life. Ages six-plus.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Sunday May 28 2017 - Wednesday May 31 2017

The Amazing Bubble Man

Everyone loves bubbles, so this event is capture kids' attention. Louis Pearl's entertaining show looks at the science behind bubbles, makes lots of really cool ones for excellent effect and gets the audience to join in with the fun too. Expect bubbles within bubbles, fog bubbles, bubble made by trumpets... the works. 

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Underbelly Festival , South Bank Until Sunday June 4 2017

The Girl And The Giraffe

This family puppet show looks at depression through the long-lashed eyes of a friendly giraffe. A girl spots him over the garden fence, and learns how to help him in a gentle look and healing and friendship.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday May 31 2017 - Thursday June 1 2017
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