Children's Theatre

It seems that there is more fantastic children’s theatre around than ever before, so we thought it would be useful to have everything in one handy place. We’re covering further afield than usual, as we know that many of you visit the theatre as a special treat and are willing to travel that little bit further. Having said that, the children’s productions are often such good value that it would be a shame to save them for a special occasion!

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of the big shows that are on for families across London, including the West End, then there is a great list on the London Theatre site.

Latest update 13th August 2019.

(NB. Polka Theatre is closed for refurbishment until summer 2020)


Theatre On Kew, Kew Gardens – Alice In Wonderland

Saturday 20th July 2019 to Monday 26th August 2019

Alice In Wonderland KewEnjoy this family-friendly outdoor theatre production of Lewis Carroll’s classic story as it is brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production, performed by the Australian Shakespeare Company.  Join Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and  lands in the magical world of Wonderland. It’s a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces from one unexpected and amazing situation to the next. Get ready to meet all the characters you know and love – from the skittish, constantly late White Rabbit to the singing Dodo. The Cheshire Cat will be sure to leave you with a grin and you can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee. With colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs this is the perfect way to go on a fantastic adventure with the entire family. Running time TBC. Recommended 5+yrs.

Osterley Park – Gangsta Granny

Friday 30th August 2019

Meet Ben, an 11-year-old fed up with spending his Friday nights at granny’s. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage! Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however, it contains Granny’s biggest secret. Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief! Join Ben and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure. Running time TBC. Recommended 7+yrs.

Strawberry Hill House – Fireside Folktales

Sunday 1st September 2019 & Monday 2nd September 2019

The latest projects from South West London-based theatre company Shadow Road Productions, who specialise in retelling myths, legends and folktales from around the world, each presented as an original short play in a magical 8m diameter Story Tent. Plays include Aesop’s Fables (3+yrs), Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds (7+yrs), and A Tale Of Robin Hood (7+yrs). Running time TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Hey Diddle Diddle

Saturday 7th September 2019

When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme. Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? With original songs played live on stage, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of imagination. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Thumbelina

Saturday 14th September 2019

There was once a little girl so small she could float on a lily pad and ride on the back of a dragonfly… Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a girl no bigger than a thumb and her encounters with a frog, mouse, mole and swallow, is played gently amongst gardening tools, leading her to ultimate happiness in the kingdom of flowers. Using traditional glove, rod and shadow puppets, this is an excellent introduction to the magic of theatre. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 2-7yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Eggs On Legs

Sunday 15th September 2019

Meet a family of zany Eggs on Legs, living in a lost pocket of the globe. One day the wind blows a huge egg into their tree and they are excited to play with it. But what happens if it hatches and can they protect it from the slithery snake? Garlic Theatre conjure a poetic, Dr Seuss world full of eggcentric puppets and music to make you roll around with laughter. A cracking family show bursting with wonder and surprise – you will never look at an egg in the same way again. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Best Bossy Bum Bonkers Party

Saturday 21st September 2019

Introduce your children to the magic of comedy, set up in the guise of a birthday party, where YOU are the guests. With the chance to join in with some unique comedy party games, watch some hilarious sketches, mischief and naughty pranks. This interactive show leaves your children feeling 10 foot taller in confidence.  An epic hour of cleverly crafted comedy that makes theatre a truly accessible experience for all. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Comedy Club 4 Kids

Saturday 21st September

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is an abnormally high chance of the entire audience claiming to be called Bob. Running time TBC. Recommended 6+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – The Richmond Bear Adventures: Time Travellers

Saturday 21st September 2019

Frank the Richmond Bear will provide the perfect introduction to Richmond Theatre for your little ones. This storytelling tour will teach you to time travel through the 120 years of the theatre’s history. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 2-6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Bird Show

Sunday 22nd September 2019

With frolics and foraging, flitting, flying and two unusual feathery friends, this is a madcap and touching show about birds facing changes to their habitat. The Bird Show uses live music, puppetry and lots more silly bird puns in this heart- fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination. We follow Henry the Heron and Sally the House Sparrow on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat. This colourful, visual show uses music, object puppetry, dance and low-fi acrobatics to gently explore the impact of humans on nature and asks the question – what can we do differently? Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Circles In The Sand

Monday 24th September 2019

Join us in a world of buckets, castle building, spinning and tumbling in a captivating show which explores sand in new an exciting ways. Accompanied by an evoctaive soundtrack of world music, Circles in the Sand is an intimate and imaginative show. Created by award-winning theatre director Sarah Argent and performed by the enchanting actor Marleen Vermeulen, Circles in the Sand offers audiences at the end of the performance a hands-on encounter as the children are invited to come onto the performance area to explore, discover and play in the sand for themselves. Running time 25 minutes. Recommended 0-3yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Nessasaurus

Saturday 28th September 2019

A highland fairy tale for all the family brought to life through a live jazz and story-telling concert. A heart-warming tale of Loch Ness, meteorites and bladderwort, Nessasaurus will invigorate, inspire and amuse whilst introducing young and old to the world of music improvisation. A bonkers feast cooked up by music storytellers jazz-A-nory, featuring melodies created by kids performed by world-class jazz musicians. Including a post-performance interactive workshop into the magic of music-making set to get everyone clapping, tapping and singing together. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Out Of The Hat

Sunday 29th September 2019

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen? What ingredients do you need and who can help them? Along the way they encounter some fabulous characters; a transformative moth, a band of musical frogs, an artistic spider and a sassy glow-worm who all help to create their dream. Will the conjuring trick work and will anything EVER come out of the hat? A story about friendship and true magic. Full to the brim with lively songs by the talented Tom Gray of Gomez that will have everyone joining in! It’s a spectacular theatre experience for all ages. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 2-8yrs.


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