One of London’s best attractions for families is the wide choice of theatre and shows on offer. Whether your little one is a regular theatre goer or you may want to introduce them to the magical world of theatre, you should be able to find the perfect show to wow and entertain them. From musicals and puppetry to baby cinema and circus through to live music or ballet – we have compiled the best family friendly shows London has to offer.
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The 2008 children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is brought to life in this jolly performance by Scamp Theatre. Expect laugh out loud moments, loads of audience participation, live music and loads of puppets alongside a visit from santa. Read our review of the show here.
When: on until 26 Jan 2020
Where: Leicester Square Theatre
How much: tickets start at £24 and can be purchased here.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Live
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! Produced by Nick Brooke Ltd. based on the book by Judith Kerr, and directed by David Wood OBE.
When: 9 Dec 2019 – 20 Jan 2020
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Tickets: from £14.50 book here.
Matilda the Musical has been spectacular since it first opened to packed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre, London. This adaptation from the popular children’s book by Roald Dahl, continues to be a favourite to theatre goers of all ages. We found a great one or two nights London accommodation at your selected hotel and admission ticket from £95.
The Lion King
Celebrate the circle of life this Christmas with the impressive Lion King. The coming of age story is a timeless classic where you can expect lots of adventures in the savannah, elaborate costumes and lots of music and dancing. But beware as it is recommended for ages 6 and above (and the Lyceum theatre will not let kid under 3 enter).
When: From 19 November and then ongoing
Where: Lyceum Theatre
How much: from £30 more info and booking here. A limited number of seats for each night’s performance will go on sale at the box office every morning from 10am priced around £20-£25 each. More info here.
The Pixie and the Pudding
When Charlie and her dad move to the farm from the city, everything seems to go wrong. Dolly the cow’s in a grump, there’s not an egg to be found, and even the cockerel has stopped crowing! If only they’d paid attention to the mysterious note left on their windowsill about a curious pixie and the pudding she likes to eat on Christmas Eve. A magical, musical family show with a storyline accessible for children of four and over, it explores ideas of tradition, rural life versus city life, friendship and being kind.
When: 22 November – 2 Feb
Where: Little Angel Theatre
How much: £15 for adults and £13 for children between 1 and 15 years of age. All tickets are £5 on Fridays after 5pm. More info and booking here.
The world is a very big place, especially for a tiny baby penguin who is just finding her feet. The shimmering stars and glistening snow spin around our little hero, while the mountains tower high and the wind rushes to and fro. And although baby penguin may be small, her family knows she’s the biggest thing of all. This early years favourite is a lovely and touching story about a parent and their love for their child by much loved children’s author Emma Dodd.
When: 29 November – 2 Feb
Where: Little Angel Theatre
How much: £13.50 for adults and £11.50 for children between 1 and 15 years of age. All tickets are £5 on Fridays after 5pm. More info and booking here.