Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term

Here's our critics' pick of the very best London theatre shows for kids this October half-term
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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 October half-term (Monday October 22 – Sunday October 28 2018), 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 October half-term 2018

Theatre, Musicals

Matilda the Musical

icon-location-pin Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden
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If you haven't been to Tim Minchin's joyously clever musical yet, it's high time you did. Kids will be enchanted by the dance routines on microscooters, and terrified by Mrs Trunchball. And adults get to enjoy Dahl's sharp satire at the expense of pushy parents, and a score of wistful, beautiful songs about growing up. 

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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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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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