It’s the perfect time to start thinking about the Summer holidays and I’ve been taking a look at some of the fantastic family theatre London has to offer in 2019. There’s Mr Stink for David Walliams fans, as well as theatre for younger children who are sure to love The Gruffalo and Twirlywoos Live! Add the eagerly anticipated Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical! and some Horrible Histories and you can look forward to a Summer filled with culture in the city. If you’re looking for London shows for kids, then take a look at my selection and get booking!
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ
From Sunday 16th June to Sunday 4th August 2019, don’t miss Aesop’s Fables at the Unicorn Theatre. Enjoy a celebration of young and old, ancient and new, as Unicorn presents a re-telling of a classic tale. They are presenting two versions of this production, one for ages 4-7 years old and one for ages 8-12 years old. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
This Summer from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 8th September 2019, The Gruffalo returns to The Lyric Theatre. Don’t miss Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Chickenshed, Rayne Theatre, Chase Side, London, N14 4PE
Chickenshed proudly presents the musical adaptation of David Walliams’ acclaimed book Mr Stink. The very kind, but lonely, 12 year old Chloe invites the homeless Mr Stink and his dog to leave behind the wooden bench where they have taken up residence and secretly move into her family’s shed. Matters become more complicated when Chloe’s mother tries to take credit for Chloe’s generosity. And precisely who is Mr Stink anyway? Visit the Chickenshed Theatre on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July 2019 for a brilliantly staged version of this warm-hearted and funny story. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You might want to hold your nose. Suitable for children aged 6 years old and above. Visit the website to book tickets or for more information.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT
Where Is Peter Rabbit returns to the West End from Saturday 20th July to Sunday 1st September 2019, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Watch your favourite stories and most beloved characters brought to life in the theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Look out for the ferocious Mr McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs Tiggywinkle and fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit. You’ll shake your tail to 15 of the most joyful songs, all performed live, and twinkle your eyes at the delightful dancing and entrancing set. Suitable for children aged 4 years old and above. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Dorfman Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
From 25th July to 31st August 2019, don’t miss Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical! at the Dorfman Theatre on the South Bank. Who likes bears? Everyone likes bears! Well, not quite everyone… Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals and fun of any kind – so when a big bear called Padlock strolls into town, trouble can’t be far off. Can nine-year-old Polly and her band of misfit friends help Padlock escape the villain’s evil clutches? Or will Mr Gum and his gruesome butcher sidekick prevail? Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Suitable for children 7 years old and above and their families. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Vaudeville Theatre. Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
From Wednesday 24th July to Sunday 8th September 2019, see The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. The Worst Witch is based on Jill Murphy’s original books. As Mildred enters her final year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, she and her fellow pupils find themselves confronted with their most important mission yet, when an old adversary returns. Soon, they’re at the centre of a battle that’s being fought not only for their future, but the entire world’s. This magical adaptation includes original songs, music, magical staging and a dose of Mildred’s unique brand of accidental chaos. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7EZ
From Thursday 1st August to Saturday 31st August 2019, don’t miss Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Part Four at the Apollo Theatre. Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Can Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage. After seven sensational years in the West End, Barmy Britain is back with Part Four. Visit the website to book tickets, or for more information.
Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
From Saturday 3rd to Saturday 31st August 2019, see Twirlywoos Live at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry, the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. Suitable for children aged 1 years and above and their families. Visit the website to book your tickets or for more information.
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