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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

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Stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids this half-term? Hit the theatre! London has tons of great children's theatre during the February half-term (Monday February 13 – Sunday February 19 2017), so treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained.

And remember you're allowed to treat yourself too, so why not 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 2017

Aladdin

Oh no it's not a panto - this Disney musical is a lavish stage version of the beloved movie. Send kids on a magic carpet ride that's stuffed with amazing effects and genie-ously catchy songs.

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Prince Edward Theatre , Soho Until Saturday July 8 2017

How To Hide A Lion

Iris has a brand new friend, but she knows her family and friends won't love him quite as much as she does... This roar-some lion story for younger children is based on Helen Stephen's popular picture book, and is full of jazzy songs and colourful wooden puppets. Ages one to six.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday February 22 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

The Hunting Lodge

Once upon a time, a prince and a cleaner got married. But did they really live happily ever after? Unicorn Theatre's artistic director Purni Morell is at the helm of this twisted love story, which she's translated from Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen's original. Aimed at tweens and teenagers aged 11-plus, 'The Hunting Lodge' is a playful riff on ideas of celebrity and romance.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Tuesday February 21 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

The Iron Man

Recommended

They may share a name, but Ted Hughes’s Iron Man is about as far from Marvel’s as you can get. Whereas Tony Stark is all about money and snide humour, Hughes’s 1968 story veils its anti-war message behind the story of a scrap metal-eating robot and a boy whom he befriends. In his stage adaptation, using a mixture of puppetry, silhouette and animation, Matthew Robins finds the story’s playful heart. Ages eight-plus.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Tuesday February 21 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

The Lion King

Gazelles spring, birds swoop and an elephant and her child lumber through the stalls in this spectacular stage adaptation of the Disney movie musical.

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Lyceum Theatre , Covent Garden Tuesday February 21 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017

Much Ado About Puffin

You're never alone with a puffin - or at least, that's what the lonely fisherman in this story discovers. It's a tale of stormy seas, friendship, and discovering the unknown, told by Open Attic Theatre using ingenious design and a very feathery puppet. Ages four-plus.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Saturday February 25 2017

Matilda the Musical

Recommended

Tim Minchin's musical is bursting with revolting children, even worse parents, and formidably catchy songs. This is Dahl at his delightfully dark best.

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Cambridge Theatre , Covent Garden Tuesday February 21 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

Wicked

This dazzling musical has it all: witches, flying monkeys, and gravity-defying high notes. A retelling of 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Wicked' has enough magic to enthrall the little ones, and enough wickedly sharp jokes to keep the adults interested. Plus some seriously covetable pointy hats...

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Apollo Victoria , Victoria Until Saturday May 26 2018

Looking for more ideas for half-term?

February half-term in London

Get out and about with the kids this February half-term and make the most of what's going on around the city.

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