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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.

PANTOS AND HOLIDAY SHOWS
'Tis the season for Pantos and other family-friendly shows, both in the West End and throughout London and its suburbs. Here is the most complete list anywhere. Consult the individual theatres' websites for performance schedules, which are likely to feature extra matinees and even morning shows, and also check for age suitability and special ticket deals.

ALADDIN - Richmond Theatre. December 9 - January 14
ALADDIN - Watford palace Theatre.
December 1-30
ALADDIN - Beck Theatre.
December 9-31
ALADDIN - Prince Edward Theatre.
ongoing
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Rose Theatre Kingston.
December 7 - January 7

ANNIE - Piccadilly Theatre.
ongoing
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - ArtsDepot.
November 29 - December 3
BABY SHOW - Unicorn Theatre. ongoing
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Ryan Theatre.
December 16-17
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Hornchurch Queen's Theatre.
November 30 - January 7

BOING! - Unicorn Theatre.
November 22 - December 31
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS - Wilton's Music Hall December 1 - January 6
BREAKING THE ICE - Oval House Theatre.
December 13-23
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Old Vic Theatre.
November 18 - January 20
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Lyceum Theatre.
December 11-18

THE CHRISTMASAURUS - Eventim Apollo. December 20-28
CINDERELLA - Hackney Empire.
November 18 - December 31
CINDERELLA - Greenwich Theatre. November 17 - January 7
CINDERELLA - Orchard Theatre.
December 9-31
CINDERELLA - Compass Theatre.
December 1-30

CINDERELLA - Epsom Playhouse.
December 15 - January  7
CINDERELLA - Broadway Theatre Barking.
November 30 - December 31
CINDERELLA - Sadler's Wells Theatre. December 9 - January 27
CINDERELLA ON ICE - Winter Palace.
November 17 - January 1
THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY - Criterion Theatre.
ongoing

DAISY PULLS IT OFF - Park Theatre.
December 6 - January 13
DICK WHITTINGTON - Palladium.
December 9 - January 14
DICK WHITTINGTON - Hounslow Arts Centre. December 5-30
DISNEY ON ICE - O2 Arena.
December 20-30
FATHER CHRISTMAS - Lyric Hammersmith.
November 20 - December 24

THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY - Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
November 23-26
GO, NOAH, GO! - Little Angel Theatre.
To January 4
THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD - Lyric Theatre.
November 22 - January 7
HANSEL AND GRETEL - St Paul's Church.
Ongoing
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD - Palace Theatre. ongoing

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - Jermyn Street Theatre.
December 6-20
HUSH-A-BYE - ArtsDepot.
December 12-31
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Lyric Hammersmith. November 18 - January 6
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Wimbledon Theatre.
December 4 - January 14
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Shaw Theatre.
December 9-30

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK -  Millfield Theatre. November 23 - December 31
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Waddon Theatre. December 7-31
KIKA'S BIRTHDAY - Orange Tree Theatre.
December 20 - January 6
THE LION KING - Lyceum Theatre.
ongoing
THE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE - Puppet Theatre Barge.
December 2 - January 7

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL - Sadler's Wells Theatre.
December 13-24
THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL - Tabard Theatre. December 7-31
THE LITTLE PRINCE - Playground Theatre. December 15 - January 7
THE LOST BOY PETER PAN - Pleasance Theatre.
November 29 - January 7
THE MAGIC LAMP - Tramshed Theatre.
November 28 - December 18

MATILDA - Cambridge Theatre.
ongoing
MONSKI MOUSE'S CHRISTMAS BABY DISCO - Leicester Square. November 17 - December 17
MOTHER CHRISTMAS - Hampstead Theatre. December 8 - January 13
MOTHER GOOSE - Questers Theatre.
December 14 - January 1
MY BROTHER, MY SISTER AND ME - Polka Theatre. To February 11

NATIVITY THE MUSICAL - Eventim Apollo.
December 13-17
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - ArtsDepot.
November 25-26
THE NUTCRACKER - Coliseum. December 13 -January 6
THE NUTCRACKER - Royal Opera House.
December 5 - January 10
THE NUTCRACKER - Albert Hall.
December 28-31

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING - Watermans Arts Centre. December 9-30
PETER PAN - Wembley Arena.
December 29-30
PETER PAN - Harlequin Theattre.
December 8-31
PETER PAN - Kenneth More Theatre.
December 9 - January 13
PETER PAN - Bull Theatre.
December 12-31

LA PETITE SOIREE - Aldwych Theatre. November 25 - February 3
PINOCCHIO - National Theatre.
December 1 - March 31
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Duchess Theatre.
ongoing
PUSS IN BOOTS - Hoxton Hall.
December 13-28
THE RAMSHACKLE HOUSE - Stratford Circus.
December 4-24

RAPUNZEL - Theatre Royal Stratford East.
November 27 - January 13
RAPUNZEL - Chickenshed Theatre. November 22 - January 6
RAPUNZEL - The Warren.
December 18-21
ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD - Claremont Academy.
January 11-14
SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE - Watford Forum. December 1-24

SANTA CLAUS AND THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS JOURNEY - Epsom Playhouse. December 8-24
SCHOOL OF ROCK - New London Theatre.
ongoing
SCROOGE - Epsom Playhouse. November 29 - December 2
SHOWSTOPPERS CHRISTMAS KIDS' SHOW - Leicester Square.
December 16-30
SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW - Royal Festival Hall. December 18 - January 4

SLEEPING BEAUTY - Theatre Royal Windsor. November 29 - January 7
SLEEPYHEAD - Little Angel Theatre.
November 17 - February 4
THE SNOWMAN - Peacock Theatre.
November 22 - December 31
SNOW-POCALYPSE - Greenwich Theatre. December 8-30
THE SNOW QUEEN - Polka Theatre.
November 17 - February 4

SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED - Battersea Arts Centre. November 29 - December 30
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES -Churchill Theatre.
December 2-31
THE SOOTY CHRISTMAS SHOW - Winter Wonderland.
To January 1
SPONGE - Battersea Arts Centre. November 28 - December 30
STICK MAN - Leicester Square Theatre. To January 7

STOMP - Ambassadors Theatre. To January 7
THRILLER - Lyric Theatre.
ongoing
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA - Arts Depot.
December 5-31
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
December 6-23
THE UGLY DUCKLING - Albany Theatre. December 4-23

UNDERNEATH A MAGICAL MOON - Jackson's Lane Centre. December 2-24
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT - Unicorn Theatre.
November 17 - December 31
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR - Ambassadors Theatre.
December 13 - January 7
WICKED - Apollo Vicoria Theatre.
ongoing
WILDE CREATURES - Vaudeville Theatre. December 15-31

THE WIZARD OF OZ - Harrow Arts Centre. December 16-28
THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CLOSE - Jack Studio. December 18 - January 6
ZIPPO'S CHRISTMAS CIRCUS - Winter Wonderland To January 1

And, for the Scrooges among us, some strictly adults-only anti-Pantos and the like:

ALADDIN - A PANTO FOR GROWNUPS - Brick Lane Music Hall. January 25 - March 1
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (regendered) - King's Head Theatre.
December 11 - January 6
CHRISTMAS WITH THE RAT PACK - Haymarket Theatre.
December 13 - January 6
A CHRISTMAS CAROL -  Scrooge's Parlour.
December 1-31
HOUSE OF BURLESQUE - Leicester Square. November 10 - Janauary 5
KING TUT - King's Theatre. November 24 - January 6

MEOW MEOW - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. December 20-31
THE PUB LANDLORD'S FESTIVE SALOON - Leicester Square.
November 25 - December 2
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN POOFS - Sanctum Solto Hotel. December 15 - January 7
SNOW WHITE - ROTTEN TO THE CORE - Above The Stag Theatre.
December 1 - January 13
LA SOIREE - Aldwych Theatre. November 24 - February 3
TRUMP - THE PANTO - Leicester Square. December 12-30

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


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