We love a good show here at The Young Londoner, from theatres 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 slightly annoying elephant
A hilarious story by David Walliams is brought to life through puppetry. One day Sam gets a very big surprise as a tired, hungry, antique-loving, cycling enthusiast elephant turns up on his doorstep. Adopting an elephant at the zoo turned out to be a lot more than he bargained for as he didn’t realise the elephant would actually come to live with him!
When: Various dates throughout July
Where: Little Angel Theatre
Tickets: Adults: £13.50, Children £11.50 (age 1 – 15) and Concessions
Theatre on Kew: Alice in Wonderland
Join Alice at Kew Gardens on her amazing journey through Wonderland and experience an adventure like no other. Get ready to meet all the characters you know and love – from the skittish, constantly late White Rabbit to the singing Dodo. The Cheshire Cat will be sure to leave you with a grin and you can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
When: 20 July to 26 August (Excluding Mondays)
Where: Kew Gardens
Tickets: Adults: £22.90 Children: £17.90
The Showstoppers Kids Show
The Showstoppers take your kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora meets dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! Kids (and only kids) can decide who to meet and where to go to create a show tailor made to their imaginations.
When: 8 September, 29 September at 3pm
Where: Underbelly Festival at Southbank
Tickets: from £14.50
Dinosaur World Live
Dinosaur World Live delivers an entertaining and educational live show for all the family, suitable for all ages 3 and above. Each performance is followed by a post-show meet and greet where audience members have the opportunity to meet the dinosaurs up close and in person. Tickets are selling out fast on tour, so start planning.
When: 18 July to 1 September 2019
Where: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Tickets: Suitable for ages 3+
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
This timeless classic made his way off the page to London stage. This Summer, we have the opportunity to celebrate alongside some of the most iconic characters in children’s literature, 50 years since Eric Carle’s beloved book was published. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.
When: 7 August – 1 September
Where: Troubadour Theatres
Tickets: From £15; Recommended age: 1+
Where is Peter Rabbit?
This puppetry theatrical masterpiece brings to stage the magical world of Beatrix Potter for the delight of the whole family. The beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic bring to life the mischievous Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. With every day performances (except Thursdays) and at friendly midd-day hours, this is a truly charming production for the whole family to cherish and enjoy together.
When: Daily (except Thursdays)
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Tickets: From £18
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.