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We're frequently asked about shows suitable for children or family groups. Depending on the children's age and experience, many West End shows may be of broad interest. Kids from about 8 years up will enjoy HARRY POTTERMATILDA and THE LION KING, while young teenagers will like most of the musicals, and such plays as THE MOUSETRAP and THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Of course, the more sophisticated or theatre-experienced the youngsters are, the more adventurous you can be. We've taken pre-teens to Shakespeare with great success. If you have any specific needs, or questions about specific shows, ask us.



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CHILDREN'S THEATRES
London and its suburbs have a number of theatres that cater especially to children. Here are links to some of the best:


ARTS DEPOT POLKA THEATRE FOR CHILDREN
HALF MOON YOUNG PEOPLE'S THEATRE PUPPET THEATRE BARGE
LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE UNICORN THEATRE FOR CHILDREN
LYRIC HAMMERSMITH THEATRE

PANTOS AND HOLIDAY SHOWS
'Tis the season for family entertainments, from Pantos through The Nutcracker and other kid-friendly shows, and even a few strictly for the adults. Check with the theatres for performance times, which are likely to include extra matinees and even morning shows, and also for guidance on age appropriateness.

ALADDIN - Wimbledon Theatre. To January 6
ALADDIN - Hackney Empire. To January 6
ALADDIN - Broadway Theatre. To December 30
ALADDIN - Prince Edward Theatre. Ongoing
ALADDIN - Hawthorne Theatre. December 15 - January 6

AWFUL AUNTIE - Bloomsbury Theatre. To January 6
BABY SHOW - Unicorn Theatre. Ongoing
THE BAND - Haymarket Theatre. To January 12
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Shaw Theatre. To December 30
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Millfield Arts Centre. To January 6
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS  - Wiltons Music Hall.  To January 5

BRAT KIDS CARNIVAL - Leicester Square. To December 30
BUTTONS - Kings Head Theatre. To January 5
CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS - Orange Tree Theatre. To January 5
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Old Vic Theatre. To January 19
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Chickenshed Theatre. To January 5
A CHRISTMAS CAROL WITH SIMON CALLOW - Arts Theatre.  To January 12
CHRISTMAS TALES - Chickenshed Theatre. To December 30

CHRISTMAS TALES  - Dugdale Centre. To December 30
CINDERELLA - Tower Theatre. To December 19
CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK - Theatre  503. To December 31
CIRCUS 1903- Royal Festival Hall. December 19 - January 5
THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY - Criterion Theatre. Ongoing
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME -  Piccadilly Theatre.To April 27

DALEKTICON - Park Theatre. To December 29
DICK WHITTINGTON - Lyric Hammersmith. To January 6

DISNEY ON ICE - O2 Arena. December 26 - January 6
DON QUIXOTE - Garrick Theatre. Ongoing
FATHER CHRISTMAS - Lyric Hammersmith. To December 30
FINDING SANTA -  Little Angel Theatre. To December 24
THE GINGERBREAD MAN - Jacksons Lane.  To December 24
GRIMM TALES - Unicorn Theatre. To January 6

THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD - Arts Depot. To January 6
HANSEL AND GRETEL - Royal Opera House. To December 29

HANSEL AND GRETEL - The Place. December 15-24

HANSEL AND GRETEL - Rose Theatre Kingston. To January 6
HARRY POTTER - Palace Theatre. Ongoing
HIPPITY HOP - Arts Depot. To December 31

HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS - Alexandra Palace. To December 30
HUDDLE - Unicorn Theatre. To January 6
IN THE WINTER WOOD - Polka Theatre. To February 17
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Watford Palace. To January 5
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Queens Theatre Hornchurch. To January 6
THE LION KING - Lyceum Theatre. Ongoing

LITTLE WOMEN - The Space. To December 15
MATILDA - Cambridge Theatre. Ongoing
THE MESSIAH - The Other Palace. To January 5
MR RABBIT MEETS BRER SANTA - Puppet Theatre Barge. To December 31
NATIVITY! - Eventim Apollo. December 19-31

THE NUTCRACKER - Royal Opera House. To January 15
THE NUTCRACKER - Coliseum. To December 30
THE NUTCRACKER - Royal Albert Hall. December 28-31
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS - Playground Theatre. December 18 - January 19
OPERATION OUCH - Apollo Theatre. To January 6
PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE -  Haymarket Theatre. To January 6
PETER PAN - Richmond Theatre. To January 6

PETER PAN - Park Theatre. To January 5
PETER PAN ON ICE - Hyde Park. To January 6
PINOCCHIO - Albany Theatre. To December 29
PLAID TIDINGS  - Bridgehouse Theatre. To December 23
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Duchess Theatre. Ongoing
RAPUNZEL - Hoxton Hall. To December 30
RETURN TO ELM HOUSE - Battersea Arts Centre. To December 30

ROBINSON CRUSOE - Greenwich Theatre. To January 13
ROOM ON THE BROOM - Lyric Theatre. To January 13
RUMPLESTILTSKIN - Queen Elizabeth Hall. To January 6
SCHOOL OF ROCK -  Gillian Lynne Theatre. Ongoing
THE SELFISH GIANT - Clapham Omnibus. To December 24
SEUSSICAL - Southwark Playhouse To December 29

SHOWSTOPPERS CHRISTMAS KIDS' SHOW - Leicester Square. To December 30
SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW - Royal Festival Hall. December 18 - January 4
SLEEPING BEAUTY - Theatre Royal Stratford East. To January 12
THE SNOWMAN - Peacock Theatre. To January 6
SNOW WHITE - Palladium.  To January 13

STICKMAN - Leicester Square Theatre. To January 6
STIG OF THE DUMP - Tabard Theatre. To January 6
STRIKING TWELVE - Union Theatre. To December 23
SWAN LAKE - Sadlers Wells Theatre. To January 27
THRILLER - Lyric Theatre. Ongoing
WAR HORSE - National Theatre. To January 5

WICKED - Apollo Victoria Theatre. Ongoing
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS -  Polka Theatre. To February 17


And for adults a little more naughty than nice:

A LAD IN SOHO - Sanctum. To December 23
BAD CINDERELLA -  Cockpit Theatre. To December 23
BRIEFS - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS - Leicester Square. To January 3
BURKE AND HARE - Jermyn Street Theatre. To December 21
BUTTONS - ADULT VERSION - Kings Head Theatre. To January 5
THE GUILTY FEMINIST CHRISTMAS PARTY - Lyric Hammersmith. To December 17
HEAD ROT HOLIDAY - Hope Theatre. To December 22

HOW TO CATCH A KRAMPUS - Pleasance Theatre. To December 23
JACK OFF THE BEANSTALK - Studio 88. To January 6
MAGIC MIKE LIVE - Hippodrome. Ongoing
MOTHER GOOSE CRACKS ONE OUT - Above The Stag Theatre. To January 12

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Southwark Playhouse. To December 29

TINDERELLA - Canal Cafe Theatre. To December 29

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