5 family theatre shows in the West End to see this half term
Guaranteed to banish all forms of boredom, let our pick of London shows transport your family to another world this half term. Create memories that your children will cherish forever with a trip to theatreland. Whether you’re looking for something educational, funny, or musical, there’s a show for every brood in our selection of family-friendly productions.
Shows to see this half term
Nothing compares to witnessing the mesmerising visual effects, magnificent costumes and spectacular set design in person or hearing the powerful hits “Defying Gravity” and “The Wizard and I” performed live. It guarantees a magical experience for every child. The alternate story behind ‘The Wizard of Oz’ gives Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the evil Wicked Witch of the West, their chance in the spotlight. The two characters meet at Shiz University as sorcery students. Glinda is blonde and extremely popular, while Elphaba has green skin and is misunderstood. The witches become unlikely friends, however the cracks in their bond quickly begin to show as one of them is seduced by power.
Wicked will challenge your little one’s notion of good and evil – it promises to be a night you’ll never forget and it comes as no surprise that this worldwide phenomenon continues to fill the Apollo Victoria Theatre to the brim even after so many years.
Matilda the Musical
This lively, highly visual story about an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny is bound to delight your little ones.
Matilda Wormwood is born special. Unappreciated by her vacuous parents, who show more interest in looks than books, Matilda’s astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers are only noticed once she starts school. Her new teacher, Miss Honey, sees the unique qualities in Matilda and the two quickly bond over their dysfunctional family lives. Visit a production you won’t forget this half term, as Matilda discovers that sometimes you have to be “a little bit naughty” to survive.
School of Rock
This Olivier Award-winning musical, based on the hugely successful 2003 movie, tells the story of Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star. In a moment of madness, Dewey poses as a substitute teacher in order to earn a few extra bucks. With no interest in arithmetic, academia or A-grades, Dewey struggles to fit in – until he discovers his pupils’ musical talents. Creating his own curriculum, Dewey focuses on guitar-shredding, bass-slapping and mic-dropping, and transforms these pint-sized prodigies into a mind-blowing rock band. School of Rock invites you to bring your air guitar and unleash your inner rock god this half term.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
The word on your children’s lips this half term is going to be Jamie! Meet Jamie New, a 16 year old who wants to break gender expectations and wear a dress to his high school from. Never fitting in, he’s supported by his mother Margaret, as well as his friends in order to combat the prejudice he faces and allow his drag persona Mimi Me to take centre stage. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a feel-good musical with heart, it’s tearing up the West End and is soon to star Layton Williams and Shane Ritchie, so it’s definitely a musical for adults and children alike.
9 to 5
Turn off your school alarms and turn on your alarm for the theatre with 9 to 5. Sick of the treatment they receive at work, three female colleagues attempt to overcome their difficulties and defeat President Franklin Hart Jr once and for all. Imagining ideas to to punish the “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”. Under the women, the workplace atmosphere becomes brighter and stronger. Even though they’ve made it to the top, they realise it’s harder to stay there. Brian Conley, Amber Davies and Bonnie Langford are set to star in the West End premiere of 9 to 5, singing some of Dolly Parton’s biggest hits.
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