London is packed with theatrical experiences, with some shows designed with younger audiences in mind. Shows typically fall into two brackets; either they're either created for kids, or are suitable for both children and adults.
Introduce children to the theatre from a young age with our picks of the best theatre for kids in London. There's a list of musicals for kids, including comedy plays and children's theatre for the best London theatre.
Musicals for kids
Inspire children by taking them to a West End musical. There are even musicals based on Disney films and Roald Dahl books.
Matilda follows the same story as told in the Roald Dahl novel. Matilda is a gifted child, who possesses powerful psychokinetic powers. Her parents don’t care for her. Her evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull wants to get rid of her. So who can Matilda turn to? Thankfully, her teacher Miss Honey and her classmates save the day.
Swallow a spoonful of sugar and say hello to the West End’s favourite Nanny, as Mary Poppins is back in London at the Prince Edward Theatre. The lovable Nanny looks after the Banks children, taking them on all sorts of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” adventures with local jack of all trades Bert.
Roaring at the Lyceum Theatre since 1999, The Lion King in London continues to entertain audiences from around the world. At the start of the musical, audiences see Simba as a tiny lion cub. Then, as he journeys across the Seregenti, he survives stampedes, stand-offs, and Scar to become King of the Pride Lands.
The Lion King is full of Disney songs that children will have definitely heard before too, including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.” There’s also hundreds of puppets on display showcasing the animal kingdom, and they’ll soar over the heads of young children transfixed by the musical spectacle. Read our London theatre reviews of The Lion King here.
As well as West End shows with storylines suitable for younger audiences, there are a lot of West End theatre events created for children. Kids musicals and kids shows in the summer are typically based on best-selling storylines or television shows. They usually post a running time of around 1 hour — a great length of time for kids to stay focused.