Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right Top children's theatre shows this summer

Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.

© Alastair Muir 'Monstersaurus'

Top children's theatre shows this summer

Our critics’ guide to the best kids’ shows taking place over the summer holidays 2019

By Time Out London Theatre

When school's out for summer, London's theatres come alive with rambunctuous kids' shows of every flavour. Summer 2019's line-up is full of theatre, puppet shows and musicals to appeal to children of every age, whether it's at mega West End venues or at specialist local theatres like the Little Angel or the Unicorn.

This year, younger kids are well-catered for with omnipresent (but nonetheless very good) Julia Donaldson adaptations like 'The Gruffalo' and 'Zog', plus the odd live CBeebies show like 'Twirlywoos'. Older kids will be enchanted by stagings of favourite books, like 'The Worst Witch' or 'The Falcon's Malteser'. Or get them interested in something new; this summer's theatre shows also include an animal-filled Benjamin Britten opera for kids, boisterous comedy shows, musicals for teenagers, and a smart retelling of Aesop's ancient fables.

The summer hols are also a great time to make for the West End; perk up a rainy day with a family-friendly musical like 'Matilda' or thrill your resident Harry Potter fan(s) with a trip to 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. Prices can add up, so the best way to get cheap theatre tickets is through 'Kids Week'; the West End's annual family discounting scheme means under-16s go free with adults for the whole of August (at participating shows only). Full info here. Or if you want an even bigger bargain, make for free family outdoor theatre shows at The Scoop, Greenwich Fair, or River Stage. 

RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the summer holidays in London


    You may also like

      Support Time Out

      We see you’re using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue is Time Out’s main source of income. The content you’re reading is made by independent, expert local journalists.

      Support Time Out directly today and help us champion the people and places which make the city tick. Cheers!

      Donate now