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London theatre for toddlers and young children

Let a trained professional do the entertaining at these theatre shows for toddlers and little ones

Dog Don't Do Ballet, Little Angel Theatre
There's no way they can sit still for two hours, but that doesn't mean we can't treat them to a trip to the theatre. Here are London's best shows for the very young ones. If you're planning ahead for the school holidays, you can also check out top 10 children's theatre shows this half-term and our 101 things to do in London with kids

Theatre for young children

Under The Rainbow

A woman crosses the seas to find a new home in this intimative interactive show - and makes some animal friends along the way. 'Under the Rainbow' is performed by Marleen Vermeulen of puppet company Tam Tam Theatre, who specialises in making bright, quirky shows for young children. Ages three to six.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Until Sunday May 28 2017

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Kids' telly stars Holly (the fairy princess) and Ben (the elf) hit the stage in this bright and bouncy show for toddlers. The Little Kingdom is brought to life using ingeniously costumed actors, along with plenty of songs and silliness.

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New Wimbledon Theatre , Wimbledon Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 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 two to six. 

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Friday May 26 2017 - Sunday July 16 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. Ages three to six.

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

Twinkle Twinkle

This interactive show for toddlers takes its inspiration from the nursery rhyme to take kids on a journey through the stars. 'Twinkle Twinkle', created by Touched Theatre, uses music, light, and textures to keep pint-sized audiences rapt. Suitable for adults and kids aged between 18 months and three years.

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Little Angel Theatre Studios , Canonbury Friday July 7 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017


The Royal Opera are teaming up with Polka Theatre to create this musical feast for kids. It's the handiwork of Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale, whose music tells the story of an egg who discovers a world of incredible sounds for the first time. 'Hatch' is a joyful multi-sensory show for children aged two to five.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Friday July 7 2017 - Sunday August 27 2017
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Russell M
Russell M

'The English National Ballet School's attempting to get the kids into ballet with this production of 'Swan Lake' - and failing by the looks of it. Having just left my wife and 3 year old son, who travelled 2 hours across London standing at the door having been told the shows cancelled, no email notice, no extra performance being put on, and him asking 'why wont that man let us see the show?'.

A refund has been offered but it's not about the money. As an entry level experience to the ballet for my son this has left a bitter taste for him, and they wonder why kids would rather sit on an xbox or read about Kim Kardashian's hair colour. 

Very very disappointing.