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 5th December 2019.

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

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Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Cinderella

Saturday 16th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020

Polish your glass slippers, dust off your carriage and join the Lyric  as the clock strikes midnight for the Fairy Godmother of pantomimes, Cinderella. Expect the usual Lyric twist on Wicked Stepmothers, Ugly Stepsisters, pumpkins, mice and more. You shall go to the ball with this festive fairy tale treat. Word has it that if you leave it too late to book, you might turn into a pumpkin. Running time 2 hours 20 minutes including interval. Recommended 6+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Wednesday 20th November 2019 to Sunday 29th December 2019

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Back for another brilliant year. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Barnes Community Players – Robin Hood & Babes In The Wood: A Pantomime

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 to Saturday 7th December 2019

The Barnes Community Players is a flourishing, local theatre group from Barnes and surrounding areas. We currently stage three to four shows each year, two at Kitson Hall and two at the OSO Arts Centre. We also organise workshops and theatre outings, parties and events. Apart from the fun we have – and the entertainment we give our audiences – an important part of our mission is to donate funds each year to charity. Since 2000 we’ve contributed £50,000 to local charities, including schools and community centres. Our pantomime, Robin Hood and Babes In The Wood, is a hilarious musical spectacular with lots of traditional fun for all the family! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Dick Whittington

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 to Saturday 7th December 2019

A brand new Christmassy adventure –.Dick Whittington tells the traditional tale of Dick, and a whole lot more.  We learn the truth behind the legend, who he really was, how he really travelled to London (through Kingston on a boat – no I’m not making it up!) and how his great deeds gave rise to the story that we still tell today. Full of fun, laughter, phonics, counting, dance, song, shapes, puppetry and a comedy cat, this interactive show is a magical blend of history and legend combined into beautiful storytelling. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended TBC.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Snow Queen

Friday 6th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020

Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Tucked away in a long forgotten corner of the city is an orphanage. Here Gerda discovers that she is no ordinary teenager, but a Child of Magic, hidden from the reaches of the evil Snow Queen. When she shows her powers to her best friend Kai, she unwittingly reveals their whereabouts. Kai is lured away, and Gerda must journey to the Frozen North into the Queen’s clutches to save him. Her perilous adventure includes an unlikely pirate captain and a talking reindeer called Bancu, secretive elves and vicious trolls. As the Snow Queen rallies her forces, Gerda must learn the true nature of her magic powers to save Christmas and rescue Kai. This Christmas, be enchanted by Hans Christian Andersen’s powerful tale of love, magic and self-realisation. This glittering new adaptation features a wealth of local talent from the Rose Youth Theatre alongside a professional cast. Running time 2 hours (including interval). Recommended 5+yrs.

Hampton Hill Theatre – King Arthur In Space: The Panto

Saturday 7th December 2019 to Saturday 14th December 2019

Coming this Christmas… In a galaxy that isn’t very far away… Join us for TTC’s annual pantomime – cheer the clean-cut Arthur and space vixen Gwen, boo the evil and greedy Mrs Morgan and her comedy henchmen as we re-imagine the Arthurian legend with added robots, aliens and Merlin, the talking computer.  All the pantomime conventions you’d expect including bad jokes, plenty of audience participation and a few surprises! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Little Star

Saturday 7th December 2019

Meet Little Star as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. Combining puppetry, music and captivating visuals, an intimate, relaxed setting makes this the perfect first theatre experiences for babies. Running time TBC. Recommended 6-18 months.

Richmond Theatre – Snow White

Saturday 7th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020

Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand leads the cast as The Wicked Queen. Adding to the comedy will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg returning as Muddles following his celebrated appearance as Mr Smee last year and brilliant dame Jason Sutton. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Richmond audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. There’ll be a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as the beautiful Snow White tries to outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Watermans, Brentford – Pinocchio

Saturday 7th December 2019 to Monday 30th December 2019

A highly visual, acrobatic version of the classic tale, perfect for the whole family this Christmas. A very shady fox and cat, a larger than life ringmaster, a cheeky cricket and anglerfish blues band are just some of the characters that Pinnochio and our narrator, Gepetto, encounter on their adventures. Packed full of the type of fun, mischief and magic that normally only happen when grown-ups turn their backs, this unmissable Christmas show enchants the whole family. Using jaw-dropping circus, puppetry and a healthy dose of bubbles, the show asks what it takes to be a real boy… and a real father. Nearly There Yet breathe new life into this much-loved classic, with their trademark circus theatre storytelling style. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-8yrs.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Jack & The Beanstalk

Friday 13th December 2019 to Sunday 22nd December 2019

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, it’s time for another panto run! The most magical event of the year is back! With plenty of magic beans, a beloved cow and a GIANT beanstalk, this fun-filled festive adventure will be packed with your favourite characters, hilarious slapstick and loads of laughs. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – Can’t Wait For Christmas!

Saturday 14th December 2019 to Sunday 29th December 2019

Jessie’s dad has got her a lovely little present. It’s all wrapped up, and tied with a beautiful bow. She can’t wait to open it, but she isn’t allowed to until Christmas day. Jessie shakes it and sniffs it and tries to sneak a peek, but Dad puts it just out of her reach and keeps a close eye on it.  To keep her amused, he has laid a secret advent trail for her to follow. Jessie discovers a fun-filled journey filled with magical surprises that capture her imagination. With gorgeous original live music, some gentle audience participation, and maybe a Brussel sprout or two, this charming Christmas treat returns following popular demand. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-10yrs.

The Exchange, Twickenham – Sleeping Beauty

Monday 16th December 2019 to Monday 30th December 2019

Join Prince Florin, Nurse Nanny Nelly and Jingles the Jester as they attempt to save Princess Beauty from Malifica’s curse, in Starcatcher Production’s  Sleeping Beauty; The Pantomime of your dreams. Directed by Sue Nieto, written by Dominic Mattos and R.E.Mercia  and expertly performed by a cast of West-End professionals, this hilariously witty take on the classic fairy tale will entertain the whole family at the Exchange Theatre’s first ever pantomime. Will Princess Beauty escape the curse and find true love? Will Malifica be defeated? And will Nursey Nanny Nelly ever wear a tasteful frock? Join us this December for songs, silliness, sweeties and slapstick – IT’S PANTO TIME!! Running time 2 hours (including interval). Recommended TBC.

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