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 24th February 2020.

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

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Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Alice & The Little Prince

Saturday 29th February 2020

A joyous mash-up which charms both adults and kids. A girl from Oxford meets a boy from Asteroid B-612 in this joyous mash-up of Lewis Carroll and Saint-Exupéry. Curiouser and curiouser! The Little Prince meets Alice in the Queen of Hearts’ rose garden – but the Queen tells him that he doesn’t belong. Will he return to his home planet – or stay with his new friend Alice and risk having his head chopped off? Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Woodland Tales With Granddad

Sunday 1st March 2020

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the Woodlouse and Willoughby the Woodpecker are worried. Velda the Vixen knows there’s only one person who can help them – Granddad. But is there enough time? Can they save the wood? And will the mysterious stranger help? Featuring a cast of extraordinary puppets, this uproarious family show not only entertains, but has an important and timely environmental message to share. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls

Saturday 7th March 2020

Join Abigail on an adventure to uncover Croc Madame’s Evil Plan. When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town’s secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Using an original score and slick movement, (**** (Stage) ‘witty and inventive’ company Bric à Brac seek to poke fun at fairy tales from the past whilst creating new storylines for the young generation of today. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended TBC.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Comedy Club 4 Kids

Sunday 8th March 2020

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.

Watermans, Brentford – Midnight

Sunday 8th March 2020

In the hours when most people are tucked up, sound asleep in their beds, Midnight the cat rules the roost. She explores the rooftops and alleyways of her town, encountering all the other creatures that are awake in the night. And in the still, quiet moments between one day finishing and the next one beginning, she has the ability to see and to understand all the dreams of the people sleeping in their beds below. But when a wild wind blows through the town, strange things begin to happen. Midnight is a dream-like show about time, the night, and dreaming. And about clever cats and really silly dogs. For family audiences with children age 5+, Midnight combines beautiful puppetry, music, and storytelling. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Beastly Belle

Saturday 14th March 2020

A contemporary twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Our young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Caught up in the glitz and glamour, Belle forgets her roots and is ensnared by a world obsessed with good looks – but looks aren’t everything, right? A journey of discovery which explores perceptions of physical beauty and how two strangers can overcome their differences. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast? Featuring a skillful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Beastly Belle

Sunday 15th March 2020

Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Our young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Caught up in the glitz and glamour, Belle forgets her roots and is ensnared by a world obsessed with good looks – but looks aren’t everything, right? A journey of discovery which explores perceptions of physical beauty and how two strangers can overcome their differences. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast? Featuring a skilful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Meet Me A Tree (A Very First Opera)

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Hurly Burly return with another interactive musical adventure for babies. Join them to sing with blackbirds, march through fallen leaves and feel the wind on your cheeks in this multisensory journey through the year in the life of a tree. With gentle classical music by Schumann, Delibes and Monteverdi alongside familiar nursery and original songs. Running time TBC. Recommended 0-2yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Beastly Belle

Saturday 21st March 2020

A contemporary twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Our young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Caught up in the glitz and glamour, Belle forgets her roots and is ensnared by a world obsessed with good looks – but looks aren’t everything, right? A journey of discovery which explores perceptions of physical beauty and how two strangers can overcome their differences. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast Featuring a skillful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Sunday 22nd March 2020

What if you discovered the secret that your grouchy neighbour is really a wizard whose house is powered entirely by magic?  With intricate puppetry, hilarious characters and sumptuous design join us for a thrilling story in things might not always be quite what they seem … Don’t forget that magic wand! Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – One Duck Down

Saturday 28th March 2020

7000 rubber ducks. Seven Seas. One big adventure! Inspired by a true tale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 rubber ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm. Jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry and with a set and props which are recycled from the lost and found of rubbish both on land and at sea, join us on an ocean clear-up adventure that would make David Attenborough proud. Winner of Family Show of the Year at Vault Festival. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Dust

Sunday 29th March 2020

When Little Titch and her scruffy rucksack arrive at the giant, pink house it is not what she expected – a blanket of thick grey dust covers everything in sight and it is wild and overgrown. Her new home is cold and unwelcoming until she meets Nelly, a flamboyant and loveable hoarder. Together the pair discover they have more in common than they first thought and that friendship can heal hidden wounds. Written by acclaimed award winning children’s author Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock book series, Big Bones) Dust uses exquisite poetic language to explore a heartfelt story about love, loss, identity and memory. With haunting music by Hugo White of The Maccabees, this striking and emotional new play is a joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be. Running time TBC. Recommended 4-9yrs.

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