Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term

Here's our critics' pick of the very best London theatre shows for kids this February half-term
'Hippity Hop' at Artsdepot
© Suzi Corker 'Hippity Hop' at Artsdepot
By Time Out London Theatre |
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Prise your kids away from their mobile phones this half-term with these ace theatre shows. London has tons of great children's theatre during the February half-term (Sunday February 10 – Monday February 18 2019), and we've found some shows that'll keep everyone from toddlers to teenagers to parents thoroughly entertained.

And if you'd rather leave the little ones at home, check our critics' round-up of the best new theatre openings.

RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to half-term in London.

The best children's theatre for February half-term 2018

Theatre, Children's

Prince Charming

icon-location-pin Little Angel Theatre, Islington
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This new kids' musical centres on a prince who can't stop worrying. He's got a kingdom to run but he can hardly get out of bed - until someone comes to his rescue. 'Prince Charming' is written by Jenny Worton, features songs by Tom Gray, and is produced by Little Angel and Perth Theatre. Ages six-to-11.

Theatre, Drama

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

icon-location-pin Apollo Shaftesbury, Piccadilly Circus
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Watch out, tired revivals: there’s a new kid in town. And it's more likely than most to thrill teenagers. This irreverent, catchy song-stuffed musical is set in a secondary school where 16-year-old Jamie learns to be himself, discovering a drag persona who lights up the classroom.

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Theatre, Children's

It's Hot, It's Not

icon-location-pin Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge
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This surreal kids' show for toddlers is all about weather, in its many contradictions. Drawing on visual art and dance, Reckless Sleepers explore the joys of puddles, chilly weather, sunshine and rain. 'It's Hot, It's Not' plays Southwark's Unicorn Theatre, and selected performances are followed by an onstage dance party. Ages two-to-five.

Theatre, Experimental

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

icon-location-pin Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Animation and live action blend in this spellbinding, endlessly stylish modern fairytale. It's set in an apartment block whose kids run riot at night. And its anarchic spirit means that it'll thrill older children and teenagers, as well as adult audiences.

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Theatre, Children's

Icarus

icon-location-pin Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge
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This show for older kids is a new take on the Greek myth about a boy who flew close the sun. Unicorn Theatre artistic director Purni Morell has translated a text by Katrin Lange, which offers a playful, contemporary spin on a famous cautionary tale. Cressida Brown directs. Ages eight-to-12. 

Baby Show, Unicorn Theatre
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Theatre, Children's

Baby Show

icon-location-pin Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge
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A Unicorn Theatre long-runner, Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis's ‘Baby Show’ is one of London's rare regular theatre experiences for the very young. A light and sound-based sensory experience for ages six-to-18-months, it tends to be very popular and advance booking is advised.

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The Wider Earth, Natural History Museum 2018
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Theatre, Puppetry

The Wider Earth

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, Brompton
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A whole menagerie of highly accurate animal puppets star in this show about Charles Darwin, which unfolds in a specially-constructed theatre at the Natural History Museum this Autumn. Following his treacherous sea voyage to the Galapagos Islands, it's an accessible intro to the world-changing theory of evolution. Ages 10-plus, kids go free with paying adults. 

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