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! The more local performances listed here are also in our What’s On calendar, which you can filter by ‘Theatre’ (at the top of the calendar) if that’s what you’re specifically looking for.

Latest update 19th June 2017 (there’s less on than usual because of the summer holidays, but lots coming up in September!).


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Borrowers

Friday 16th June to Sunday 20th August 2017

The Borrowers TheatreThe timeless classic bursts onto Polka’s Main Stage this summer with dazzling puppetry, original music, stunning design and plenty of suspense. Arietty has lived her whole life deep beneath the floorboards, dreaming of the great outdoors. When her father Pod finally brings her upstairs to learn the tricks of borrowing, Arietty meets a human boy. But their friendship risks everything and the ‘human beans’ soon discover the borrowers’ secret world… it’s time to escape! A fantastical adventure as the heroic Arietty and her family embark on an action-packed journey to find somewhere new to call home. Running time 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval). Recommended 5-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25th June 2017

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay invite you to . . . The best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, The wedding that no one will ever forget. Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry – so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells. However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day? This truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells! Running time TBC. Recommended 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Rapunzel & The Tower Of Doom

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017

Tangles? Split Ends? It’s bad enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with some strange woman using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! This traditional tale goes back to its roots with plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 4-8yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Hatch

Friday 7th July to Sunday 27th August 2017

Hatch squareWith a sparkling musical score by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale, Polka and The Royal Opera bring you the perfect introduction to music and theatre. Hatch follows the extraordinary journey of an egg through different sensory worlds, each bursting with a mesmerising blend of sights and sounds. From flowing water and whistling winds, to the beautiful call of a bird and a voyage through the clouds, we discover new sounds in unlikely places. Join the egg and lend a helping hand, as it finally reaches its resting place, ready to hatch. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Comedy Club 4 Kids

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July 2017

Comedy Club 4 Kids get the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the comedy circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families…The show is 100% family friendly, but without any patronising idiocy. It’s just like a normal comedy club (without the rude b its), but it’s on during the day, and as everyone knows, kids are much better at heckling than adults. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

The OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Really Big Pants

Sunday 9th July 2017

Take a large handful of nutrition, a healthy dash of PE, a hearty sprinkle of PSHE, and mix them together with (clean) green fingers. Bake for 50 minutes against a glittering backdrop of a dance competition. Add a dollop of peer pressure, serve with some celebrity culture and a garnish of gender equality, et voilà!Can you help Olive and Messy Jesse save the day as they encounter top chef Monsieur Nincompoop, cool rapper Rapper Cool Yo, and the enigmatic pop star Solar Pa’nelle – as Olive’s so-called best friend Trixie tries to thwart them at every turn?Plant a seed… and see what grows.There’s cooking! There’s dancing! There’s rapping! Not all at the same time.Two girls. One trunk. And some really big pants. Running time 1 hour. Recommended 7+yrs.

The OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Hemlock Bones & The Case Of The Missing Marsupial

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th July 2017

When a beloved pet goes missing, it’s up to Detective Hemlock Bones and his trusty assistant John Johnson to retrieve the helpless animal. However, what seems at first to be an ordinary case proves to be anything but, with our heroes plunged in to all sorts of outlandish situations in pursuit of the AWOL animal. Will our razor sharp detective and his not-so-sharp sidekick be able to solve the mystery? Running time 1 hour 30 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Kew Gardens – The Wind In The Willows

Saturday 22nd July to Monday 28th August 2017

Wind In The Willows KewPack the family and join Ratty, Mole, Mr Toad and all of their River Bank friends this summer! Sing, laugh and help save the day in this exciting family adventure. This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs and laughs. Audience members are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, Kew Gardens will be home to Kenneth Grahame’s delightful and endearing characters this summer. Running time 90 minutes. Recommended 3-103yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Fantastic Mr Fox

Wednesday 26th July to Sunday 20th August 2017

Fantastic Mr Fox LyricBack by popular demand! This brand new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family. Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox. Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away? You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox! Running time 2 hours 5 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Kew Gardens – The Dream Fairies

Saturday 29th July to Monday 28th August 2017

Dream FairiesThe Dream Fairies are landing in Kew Gardens this summer! Join these magical fairies as they go on an exciting adventure. This enchanting production is an interactive adventure full of activities, acrobatics and charm that will enthral the young ones these school holidays. Go dressed as a fairy or an elf and join in the performance. There is singing; dancing and a special adventure to ‘Bubble Land’ where audience members are asked to help the Fairies find their wings. This production is picnic style, so pack a picnic and join in the magic! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Richmond Theatre – The Gruffalo

Friday 18th August to Sunday 20th August 2017

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.


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