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Family-friendly West End shows to see in the half term

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Want to find ways to entertain the kids during the half term? Look no further than an afternoon or evening at the theatre for an unforgettable day out in London. We’ve got theatre tickets to the best West End musicals, West End plays and family-friendly shows that everyone will love.

From popular Disney classics to smash-hit new shows, a trip to the theatre is the perfect way to keep the kids (and grown ups) amused during the half term holidays. Take a look at our picks for the best West End theatre in the half term.


The half term is automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic! Don’t miss Grease in the West End this half term. The classic musical follows high school lovers Danny and Sandy as they navigate the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in 1950s America. By the end, you’ll be dancing along with the kids of Rydell High. Peter Andre and Jason Donovan will star in select performances of Grease too — a treat fo the adult audience members!

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Travel to the Emerald City and discover the untold story of the witches of Oz in Wicked. The thrillifying, award-winning musical tells of Elphaba and Glinda, two budding witches whose paths take wildly different turns. With some of the most well-known modern musical theatre songs including “One Short Day” and gravity-defying special effects, a trip to Oz to see Wicked makes for a “Popular” family outing.

Book Wicked tickets on London Theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. This epic two-parter proves that theatrical magic is more powerful than wizarding magic.

Book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on London Theatre.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Family entertainment doesn’t have to be all about singing and dancing… and it certainly doesn’t always go as planned. Stumbling into another catastrophic year, The Play That Goes Wrong will have the whole family in stitches. Children will love the slapstick, and adults will love the many genius comedy moments.

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Matilda the Musical

Matilda Wormwood is a special child. Not only is she gifted with a big brain, and a big heart, she also possesses telekinetic powers. Sadly, Matilda is stuck in a boring day-to-day routine, subject to ill treatment from her parents, and a torturous headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. There’s one person who supports Matilda though, and that’s her teacher, Miss Honey. Together, they’re unstoppable, but can they make their worlds better? See the family-friendly musical, Matilda, in the West End this half term.

Book Matilda the Musical tickets on London Theatre.


For the first time in forever, families can head to Arendelle this half term to see the Disney musical Frozen. Join princesses Elsa and Anna in a tale of sisterhood, strength and stunning ice palaces, complete with all the Disney hits including “Let It Go.” Frozen is also the first show at the newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane, meaning families can spend full day at the theatre before seeing this ice cool musical.

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The Lion King

Visit the Serengeti plains without having to leave London in this sensational musical. With a mix of puppetry and award-winning costume designs, see the circle of life come together in this much-loved adaptation of the classic Disney film. The Lion King continues to roar — just make sure your little ones don’t join in with the animal sounds!

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Mamma Mia!

Set to the timeless music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a great night out for the whole family. This ultimate feel-good musical has been seen by over 60 million people around the world. Join Theatreland’s biggest party at the Novello Theatre and unleash your inner dancing queen.

Book Mamma Mia! tickets on London Theatre.

& Juliet

Sick of the same old Spotify playlists on repeat? Well now, your favourite hits have been injected with a new lease of life in & Juliet, the pop musical that’s taken over the West End. Combining chart-topping hits with a Shakespearean reinvention of Romeo & Juliet, dance the night away in your seat at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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