The best theater shows for kids to see in the West End
London is packed with theatrical experiences, with some shows designed for a younger audience. The broadcasts are generally divided into two brackets; Either they are created for children or they are suitable for children and adults.
Over the years, many musicals have even featured children in their cast, including Matilda, the lion king, Annie and The sound of music. They’ve all inspired the next generations of West End stars, so why not encourage your kids to create a love for the theater from a young age. Drama has even been shown to dramatically improve a child’s academic performance.
Introduce children to theater from an early age with our selection of the best children’s theater in London.
Musicals for children
Inspire the kids by taking them to a West End musical. There are even musicals based on Disney movies and Roald Dahl books.
Matilda the musical
Mathilde follows the same story as the one told in Roald Dahl’s novel. Matilda is a gifted child, who possesses powerful psychokinetic powers. Her parents don’t care about her. Her evil headmistress Miss Trunchbull wants to get rid of her. So who can Matilda turn to? Luckily, her teacher Miss Honey and her classmates save the day.
A David-and-Goliath story with a lot of play, Mathilde is a perfect musical for young children. Once they have seen Mathilde in London at the Cambridge Theater, we bet they want to be one of the “rebellious children” of Crunchem Hall.
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Swallow a spoonful of sugar and say hello to the West End’s favorite nanny, like Mary poppins is back in London at the Prince Edward Theater. The adorable Nanny takes care of Banks’ children, taking them on all kinds of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” adventures with local jack-of-all-trades Bert.
There are plenty of magical moments, including ceiling tap sweepers and a flying Mary Poppins. Yes, Mary Poppins actually flies. We will not spoil the magic of the youngest.
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The Lion King
Roaring at the Lyceum Theater since 1999, The Lion King in London continues to entertain audiences around the world. At the start of the musical, the audience sees Simba as a little lion cub. Then, as he travels through the Seregenti, he survives scrambles, clashes, and Scar to become King of the Pride Lands.
The Lion King is full of Disney songs kids are sure to have heard before, including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”. There are also hundreds of puppets on display featuring the animal kingdom, and they will hover above the heads of young children transfixed by the musical spectacle.
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West End Theater for Children
In addition to the West End shows with scenarios suitable for a younger audience, there are many West End theatrical events created for children. They are usually based on top selling storylines or TV shows, usually around 1 hour long, which keeps kids focused.
What do you get if you bring world-class illusionists and stuntmen to the West End? Wonder. In 2021, some of the world’s best illusionists from the past year will come together at the Palace Theater to present their incredible death-defying tricks and stunts that will truly be an evening of wonder.
Participating magicians include Chris Cox, who worked on the Hogwarts illusions in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So if you are looking for an amazing show that will leave the kids in awe, give the kids an evening of Wonder.
The tiger that came to tea
Sophie and her mom are sitting down for tea one evening, when the doorbell suddenly rings. They aren’t expecting any guests, so who could it be? As they approach the door, they learn that it is a tiger who also likes to drink tea. Together, the trio spend a delicious evening together, with songs, dancing and chaos.
Judith Kerr’s picture book has been read by children around the world, and now the Olivier Award nominated show is back at the Theater Royal Haymarket. The tiger that came to tea Suitable for preschoolers and kids just starting school, with plenty of call and answer lines to get kids into the action.
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Horrible Stories: Barmy Britain Part 5
Making the story exciting for kids can sometimes be difficult. But that’s where Horrible stories Between. Each summer, Horrible stories allows audiences to discover bloody stories from the past, where centuries-old leaders come to life.
For 2021, we’ll be stepping back in time to the days of Barmy Britain at the Apollo Theater, with appearances from William the Conqueror, King Henry VIII, and even Queen Elizabeth II. Once your kids see a Horrible Histories show, they’ll want to learn more about the monarchs who once ruled Britain.
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If you were the richest kid in the world, what would you buy? This is what 12-year-old Joe Spud thinks about every day as he bought everything beyond his wildest dreams. However, there is one thing money cannot buy, and that is a friend.
Based on the acclaimed story by David Walliams, there are plenty of life lessons for children (and adults) to learn Billionaire boy, including the importance of kindness. Be a big kid at the Garrick Theater and spend the show making memories and laughing with the little ones.
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What the ladybug heard
As one of Britain’s greatest children’s writers, Julia Donaldson has seen many of her stories on stage. In previous years, children have been treated The Gruffalo and the room on the broom, but this year it is the barnyard adventures of What the ladybug heard which occupy a central place at the Palace.
Two thieves decided to steal a winning cow, but can farm animals save the day? A lot of fun is going on at this farm, with puppets, songs and silliness.
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Photo credit: The Lion King (Photo by Johan Persson)