Top Family Theatre Shows in London
See family-friendly shows in the West End, like Wicked, Matilda and Frozen and plays for all ages like The Play That Goes Wrong. Get family-friendly theatre tickets.
Whether you're looking to entertain the little ones or something the kids can enjoy with their grandparents, London is full of family-friendly theatre shows. Featuring some of the world's most beloved musicals, there is something all ages will enjoy in the historic West End. Here, we round up the top family theatre shows to see in the West End.
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Matilda is the story of an ordinary little girl with the most extraordinary powers. She's a bright young girl born to a neglectful family who find it weird she reads books rather than watch TV, so Matilda hopes to find solace when she begins school for the first time. That is until she meets to horrible Ms Trunchbull, whose idea of discipline includes the terrifying Chokey. Tim Minchin wrote a playful score for Roald Dahl's magical Matilda. Join the Revolting Children in the West End for a riotous time. Matilda is suitable for children aged 6 and over.
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Based on the classic Disney film, Disney's long-running and award-winning musical phenomenon continues to run in London after decades of success in the west end. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, which includes the memorable numbers "Circle of Life", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and "Hakuna Matata", the Lyceum Theatre bursts into life as the production brings the Serengeti to the West End with actors dressing in giant puppets to portray the animals on stage. You'll watch as Simba, the prince of Pride Lands who sets out to embrace his future role as the rightful king. The Lion King is suitable for children aged 6 and over.
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Are you ready to let it go? Yes, that Disney song will be stuck in your head again as Frozen opens up the gates of Arendelle in the West End. Samantha Barks plays Elsa in the long-awaited Disney musical's London coronation. Even though it's set in an icy land, it's definitely be the hottest ticket around. Frozen is suitable for children aged 3 and over.
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A musical theatre staple in London, Wicked has wowed audiences for over a decade capturing the imaginations of theatregoers from across the world. The musical, which is set as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz sees the story told from the perspective of the witches from Oz as friends Elphaba and Glinda embark on their education at Shiz University before they are forced into difficult, dark times. Known for its knock-out performances and showstopping number "Defying Gravity", Wicked is a favourite among many young musical theatre fans across the world. Wicked is suitable for children aged 7 and over.
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A unique brand of British comedy, Mischief Theatre have been setting the agenda for hilarious plays. First conceived above a London pub, The Play That Goes Wrong is set in a dramatic society as they stage a murder mystery. However, predictably, things take a turn for the worst and the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society create a calamitous production of The Murder at Haversham Manor. Suitable for all ages from 9 to 99, this farcical production will have you belly-laughing out of the theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong is suitable for children aged 8 and over.
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One of the longest-running musicals in London, Mamma Mia! takes the universal hits of Swedish outfit ABBA and sets them to a heart-warming story in a hugely fun production. Set on a Greek island where Sophie is preparing for her wedding, she invited the three men she believes could be her father to the ceremony, without her mother knowing. If you enjoyed either of the blockbuster films, you'll love singing along with "Chiquitita", "Dancing Queen" "Super Trouper", "The Winner Takes It All" and more. Mamma Mia! is suitable for children aged 5 and over.
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Grab your skateboard. Stock up on plutonium. Turn the ignition on your DeLorean and go back in time with Back to the Future. The Olivier-winning musical brings the sci-fi films to life in an explosive fashion. Join Marty McFly and Doc Brown as they go from 1985 to 1955 and back again. There's original music as well as the Back to the Future film favourites like "Johnny B. Goode." So feel the power of love in the West End.
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Santa's coming to town! Everyone knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear, and that is exactly what Buddy does in ELF the Musical. Based on the 2003 film, this holly jolly musical is a festive family favourite that premiered on the West End in 2015 and returns its Christmas spirit to the Dominion Theatre in 2023. This stage adaption has several differences to the staple Christmas film, but it still features plenty of sparkling, twinkling, glittering, fun!
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Photo credit: The Lion King (Photo courtesy of production)
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