Taking the kids to the theatre on a family day out? Here you’ll find the best London family shows and kids theatre for all ages. From Disney musicals like Frozen to family favourites such as Wicked, there’s theatre for kids that’s suitable for all ages. As well as theatre for younger audiences, the London kids theatre scene is bursting with shows dedicated to children. Check out our guide to the best children’s musicals in London and theatre for toddlers. We’ve also got tips on taking younger theatregoers to a show, and you can read our family theatregoing advice here.
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Wicked has taken the world of musical theatre by storm. Wicked's London production, which continues to run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End has now entered the ranks of London's long-running shows. Wicked tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Wicked musical lifts the curtain on one of the most popular stories of all time, to show an alternative reading of 'The Wizard of Oz' that challenges our preconceptions of what is 'good' and what is considered 'wicked'. The unlikely friendship of Elphaba and Glinda at Shiz University leads to a powerful tale of love, acceptance and friendship that will speak to audiences of all ages and delight those familiar with the original wonderful story. Winner of over 100 international awards, the Wicked musical has cast its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world for almost two decades and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now the ninth longest-running West End musical of all time. Wicked began previews in London on 7 Sept. 2006, with an official opening on 27 Sept. 2006. The show celebrates its 15th anniversary on 28 Sept. 2021 and has been seen by over 10 million people. The Wicked musical is based on Gregory Maguire's novel, and the musical features a score by multi Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Baker's Wife) and a book by Winnie Holzman. Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.The original Broadway production continues to play to packed houses, redefining modern musical theatre for an entire generation. Tickets to Wicked are available now. Book your Wicked tickets on London Theatre today. Pre Visit Requirements (ATG)MaskWe recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Health checkWhen you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.Wicked the Musical FilmFollowing the success of the stage production, it is only natural that fans have questioned whether a film version of the musical is on the cards. We spoke to the Producer of the show Marc Platt, and asked him when fans can expect to see Wicked on the big screen:"The process and development of the movie has begun in earnest and it will happen when the material is at a place where we feel, as the creators, that the adaptation of it will be as satisfying as a film as it is in a theatre. That could be tomorrow or it could be a year from now - I don't know the answer to that, it IS in the process, we have just set the bar really high. We're not shooting to a release date - we want the film to be unique and satisfying as the stage experience which is still terribly successful."Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights, will direct the Wicked film. Original book writer Winnie Holzman is also on board to write the screenplay, and Producers are making sure that all the vital elements come together to make it the best version of the film that it could possibly be.Book your Wicked musical tickets, playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Tickets for Wicked in the West End are available now.
The international hit musical Mamma Mia! continues to run in London's West End at the Novello Theatre where it has been delighting audiences for 20 years after originally opening at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1999. Mamma Mia! tickets are available on London Theatre now. Set on a Greek island paradise, the Mamma Mia! musical tells the story of the newly engaged Sophie who is determined to find out the identity of her father and invite them to her wedding. Without telling her mother Donna, she writes to the three possible candidates and they all arrive just in time to see her walk down the aisle. The only question is, which one of the three very different men is it? As one of the world's most successful and recognisable musical titles, it leaves audiences on their feet night after night and has now been seen by over 54 million people around the world. Featuring a host of hit ABBA songs including “Money Money Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Does Your Mother Know,” and “The Winner Takes it All,” this irresistibly funny musical comedy follows an original story of love, friendship and the search for identity accompanied by a score of some of the most recognisable and uplifting pop music ever written. Mamma Mia! London began previews on 23rd March 1999, with an official opening on 6th April 1999. Mamma Mia! returns at the Novello Theatre from 25 August. The Mamma Mia! running time at the Novello Theatre in the West End is 2 hours 35 minutes, including an interval. Don't miss your chance to see the original London production featuring an incredibly talented cast of performers and musicians who bring this colourful and exciting story to life. Fans of the 2008 movie musical will be delighted to see the show in its original form, so escape to this idyllic island paradise and enjoy the West End's greatest party, and you'll be thanking ABBA for the music. Tickets to Mamma Mia! are available now. Book your Mamma Mia! tickets on London Theatre today. Important COVID Entry Requirements Mask You are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue. Proof of vaccine and/or test You are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance. Health check When you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken. Covid safety This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests. This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines. Mamma Mia! Songlist "Overture/Prologue" - Sophie "Honey, Honey" - Sophie, Ali, & Lisa "Money, Money, Money" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Pepper, & Ensemble "Thank You for the Music" - Sophie, Sam, Harry, & Bill "Mamma Mia" - Donna & Ensemble "Chiquitita" - Donna, Tanya & Rosie "Dancing Queen" - Donna, Tanya & Rosie "Lay All Your Love on Me" - Sky, Sophie, & Male Ensemble "Super Trouper" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie & Female Ensemble "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" - Female Ensemble "The Name of the Game" - Sophie & Bill "Voulez-Vous" - Ensemble "Entr'acte" - Orchestra "Under Attack" - Sophie & Ensemble "One of Us" - Donna "SOS" - Donna & Sam "Does Your Mother Know" - Tanya, Pepper & Ensemble "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - Sam "Our Last Summer" - Harry & Donna "Slipping Through My Fingers" - Donna & Sophie "The Winner Takes It All" - Donna "Take a Chance on Me" - Rosie & Bill "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - Sam, Donna & Company "I Have a Dream" - Sophie
Disney’s Frozen is at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Frozen tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Frozen musical follows the same story as the Disney Frozen film. Set in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, audiences meet sisters Elsa and Anna before Elsa’s coronation day. Elsa possesses an ability to make anything she touches turn to ice and freeze, and she’s managed to hide this. Now she’s crowned queen, Elsa is fearful of her own magic powers. Concerned with her abilities, Elsa runs away from the kingdom, resulting in Anna setting off to find Elsa in her newly-built castle. Along the way, Anna meets Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, as well as Olaf, a lovable snowman. Frozen was first released in cinemas in winter 2013, and has become a global phenomenon. Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The Frozen film won 37 awards, including two Academy Awards for best animated feature and best original song for Elsa’s show-stealing number “Let It Go”. The Frozen musical features songs written by husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Frozen in London features original songs made famous in the film, including “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?”, “The First Time in Forever” and “Let it Go”. But there’s also new songs written for Frozen on stage, including “Hygge” and “Colder By the Minute”. Frozen is directed by Michael Grandage. Frozen is the first production to open at the newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Frozen West End cast is led by Samantha Barks as Elsa and Stephanie McKeon as Anna. Tickets to Frozen are available now. Book your Frozen tickets on London Theatre today.
Grab your skateboard. Stock up on plutonium. And turn the ignition on your DeLorean because Back to the Future has landed in the West End. Back to the Future tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on the iconic 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future The Musical brings the beloved movie to the stage for the first time. The Back to the Future musical story follows high schooler Marty McFly, who just wants to ride around town on his skateboard. When his friend and experimental scientist Dr. Emmett Brown reveals his latest invention, a time-travelling DeLorean, Marty finds himself caught in a high-speed chase that accidentally lands him back in 1955. Once he’s there, he meets his high school-aged parents, but his meddling with time begins to threaten his own existence. Marty finds Doc Brown and together, they bend the rules of time to save each other. The Back to the Future film screenwriters, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, who also directed the trilogy, co-created the musical. and Gale contributed the show’s book alongside Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, who wrote original music and lyrics. The musical’s score also features hits from the film including “The Power of Love" and “Johnny B. Goode.” John Rando directs the production, with choreography by Chris Bailey. Back to the Future The Musical had a world premiere at the Manchester Opera House in February 2020, but its initial run was cut short due to the Covid-19 theatrical shutdowns. Now, Back to the Future The Musical in London sends audiences back in time at the Adelphi Theatre. Tickets to Back to the Future The Musical are available now. Book your Back to the Future The Musical tickets on London Theatre today.
The Lion King is at the Lyceum Theatre. The Lion King tickets are available on London Theatre now. Walt Disney's long-running and multi-award winning The Lion King continues to delight audiences in London's West End. After opening on Broadway in 1997, the show has gone on to be the most successful piece of entertainment in history, mounting numerous world-wide productions including the original London production at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of the West End.Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King musical is unlike anything ever before seen in musical theatre, and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative and highly creative world that brings the flora, fauna and animals of Africa to live, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. Thousands continue to pack the Lyceum Theatre every week with The Lion King tickets to celebrate and revel in the majestic storytelling that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. The Lion King's running time at the Lyceum Theatre is currently 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Lion King is recommended for audiences aged 8 and over. Tickets to The Lion King are available now. Book your The Lion King tickets on London Theatre today. Pre Visit Requirements (ATG)MaskWe recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Health checkWhen you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.Song ListThe song list for the London production includes: "Circle of Life" "Grasslands Chant" "The Lioness Hunt" "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" "They Live in You", "Be Prepared" "The Stampede" "Rafiki Mourns" "Hakuna Matata" "One by One" "The Madness of King Scar" "Shadowland" "Endless Night" "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" "He Lives in You (Reprise)" "Simba Confronts Scar" "King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise)"
Adapted from the incomparable children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company that continues to delight audiences in the West End. Matilda the Musical tickets are available on London Theatre. Matilda The Musical tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. After opening at the RSC's home in Stratford upon Avon, the musical transferred to the West End where it was greeted with a set of excellent reviews, with critics praising not only the charm of the score and book, but also the ingenious staging by director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Peter Darling. Since opening at the Cambridge Theatre in November 2011, the hit show has gone on to win over 50 major international awards, including 12 for Best Musical. Featuring a smart and witty original score by Tim Minchin, alongside an exciting book by Dennis Kelly, the Matilda musical adaptation is one of the most successful British musicals of modern times, and entertains audiences both old and young. The show went on to win seven Olivier Awards in 2012, marking the biggest overall win of any London musical. As well as winning the award for Best New Musical, the four young actresses who originated and shared the title role took home the collective award for Best Actress in a Musical. The show later transferred to Broadway, where it won five Tony Awards, and has since entertained audiences in Australia and across the United States. Featuring exceptional scenic design, fantastic choreography and staging and an incredible cast of young performers, Matilda the Musical will inspire audiences of all ages. The timeless story of a small girl's determination to challenge those above her for the greater good, combined with Roald Dahl's signature wit and naughtiness, makes this an unforgettable West End musical. Tickets to Matilda the Musical are available now. Book your Matilda the Musical tickets on London Theatre today.
Putting Mischief Theatre firmly on the map, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to leave audiences in fits of giggles at the Duchess Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Play That Goes Wrong plays follows a fictional troupe. Aiming to put on their annual show, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are in the middle of rehearsals for "Murder at Haversham Manor", a 1920s murder mystery. But, as the title suggests, it's not so easy for them. See the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! The Play That Goes Wrong play received its world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, entertaining just 60 theatregoers a night. Now, thousands of audience members are entertained by Mischief’s trademarks hijinks each week in The Play That Goes Wrong West End performances. It’s even premiered in Australia and on Broadway, so something must have gone right, right? It’s the world-renowned theatre company’s first show in a West End theatre. Since then, Mischief Theatre shows in London include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and Magic Goes Wrong. They've also brought their trademark improvisational skills to the West End in Mischief Movie Night performances. But, if you’re wanting to see the original ‘Goes Wrong’, then you’ve come to the right place. Tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong are available now. Book your The Play That Goes Wrong tickets on London Theatre today.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to Theatre Royal Haymarket. The Tiger Who Came to Tea tickets are available on London Theatre now. One evening, Sophie and her mother sit down for some tea. But then, as they sip their drinks, the doorbell rings. They're not expecting any guests, so who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Based on Britain’s best-loved picture book by Judith Kerr, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2022. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show, filled with sing-a-long songs, oodles and magic and wonderful moments. The Tiger Who Came to Tea play is based on the 1968 short story by Judith Kerr, and is one of the best-selling childrens books of all time. Kerr also the writer behind the 17-book series Mog, which similarly follows a cat trying to fit in. 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! Tickets to The Tiger Who Came To Tea are available now. Book your The Tiger Who Came To Tea tickets on London Theatre today.