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Kids' theatre in London

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

'Play' by Aracaladanza opens Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
'Play' by Aracaladanza opens Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
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.
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Shows for kids

'Hamlet' at National Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy of National Theatre
Theatre, Shakespeare


National Theatre, South Bank

Director and playwright Jude Christian has turned her hand to everything from experimental theatre starring live piglets to Lyric Hammermith's annual panto. ‘Hamlet’ – which she adapts and  Tinuke Craig directs – will doubtless see her at the lighter end of the spectrum; it's a Shakespeare adaptation aimed at primary aged kids, with plenty of spooky adventures. Ages eight-to-12.

Theatre, Children's


Little Angel Theatre, Islington

‘Pinocchio’ is a neat fit for London’s favourite puppet theatre. This production with Indefinite Articles invites young audiences into Geppetto’s workshop to see the story of the puppet who wanted to be a real boy come to life, with puppetry, shadows, illusion and music. For ages 5-11.

The Wolves in the Walls, Little Angel, 2020
Photograph: Dan Tsantilis
Theatre, Children's

The Wolves in the Walls

Little Angel Theatre, Islington
4 out of 5 stars

The fantasy worlds of Neil Gaiman are having a mini moment on the London stage: the week it was announced that the National Theatre’s ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ would transfer to the West End, here comes this smaller but still singular take on 2003’s ‘The Wolves in the Walls’…

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