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