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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Fairytales of the turntable
Part of the Southbank’s Literature Festival, this free dance and music workshop places the focus on all things fairy tale. Led by ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, families will work with a dancer from the theatre company to learn some new moves, inspired by ZooNation’s productions Into the Hoods, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Tales of the Turntable. After the workshop, there’s a chance to fill the floor and share your dancing with our live DJ and MC set.
When: 21 October from 10:30am
Where: Southbank Centre
How much: free
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man.
When: 19 October til 5th Jan 2020
Where: Leicester Square Theatre
How much: £19 for a child £24 for an adult book here.
Rise & Fall Show
A mesmerisingly beautiful poetic show about holding on and letting go. Come and explore an ecosystem of balloons: universes in miniature alongside Page One Theatre. In Rise And Fall you’ll meet all manner of balloons from small floating moons to vast bouncing orbs. Forever expanding and contracting, balloons are free to float, fly and sway. Hold your breath and go sailing away. More info & booking here.
When: Sat 26 October at 2pm & Sun 27 October at 10am & 12:30pm
Where: Greenwich Theatre
How much: £11 and concessions £9
Celebrate Musical Theatre
This event encourages singing, craft activities and exploration of some of the key songs from famous musicals.
When: 24 October 11:30 til 1pm
Where: Royal Academy of Music
How much: £5 per child (ages 8 to 12) maximum three children per adult
Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost
This wonderfully witty, delightfully spooky retelling of Oscar Wilde’s 1887 comic novel is brought to life this Christmas with spine-tingling magic, spectacular illusions and ghoulish effects
When: 10 November 2019 – 5 Jan 2020
Where: Unicorn Theatre
How much: from £13 more info & booking 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.