7 great shows for young children to see in London
London is packed with theatrical extravaganzas for your little ones. Guaranteed to entertain young audiences, there’s enough choice for very young children before they start school and into their first years at school. With theatre crafted especially for children, you can be sure that these picks will have your children engaged.
We’ve listed the best shows for young people by age recommendation, but choosing what show to take young people to is entirely up to you!
Shows that your young children will love
Oi Frog and Friends!
Join Frog, Dog and Cat at Oi Frog and Friends at the Lyric Theatre this Christmas, packed with rhymes, music and plenty of laughter. When Frog is looking for a place to sit, Cat has other ideas and Dog is doing as he’s told, what will happen when later chaos ensure? An action-packed play suitable for introducing young audiences to the theatre, Oi Frog and Friends is a heart-warming production guaranteed to make anyone smile.
Based on the popular TV show, come join the fearless Brainiacs as they take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Watch in amazement as science meets high-octane energetic displays, as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into science’s biggest questions, while you can stay in the comfort of your own seat.
The Worst Witch
Something wicked this way comes! Playing for just 60 performances at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer, don’t miss out on the wicked characters of The Worst Witch casting a theatrical spell over the West End. As Mildred Hubble gets into a spot of mischief at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, will she be able to start her biggest adventure yet? Packed with spellbinding original songs and a unique, bewitching charm. After a national tour, join the magical, musical adaptation of The Worst Witch, set to delight and entrance audiences later this year.
The Lion King
Roaring in the Lyceum Theatre since 1999, The Lion King has entertained audiences from around the world. See Simba rise from a tiny lion cub to becoming King of the Pride Lands in a journey that sees him in stampedes, stand-offs and making friends along the way. Listen to Disney classics including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” in a musical that takes you on a journey like no other. Young children will love the puppets soaring over their head and all around them at The Lion King, transporting audiences deep into Africa.
Matilda the Musical
Matilda is a gifted child, who possesses a great psychokinetic ability. Noticed at school, she and her teacher Miss Honey form a special teacher-student relationship. When the headteacher Miss Trunchbull attempts to defeat them, Matilda, Miss Honey and the students come together to prove that being a little bit naughty can create great mischief. With songs including “When I Grow Up” and “Revolting Children”, Matilda is the perfect show to excite your young ones!
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
Based on the children’s books by Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole transfers to the West End, after a world premiere in Leicester and a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Following a young teenager whose consistent worries and fears of his intellectual capacity, it’s a charming, witty musical with an infectiously warm score created by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary.
Where is Peter Rabbit?
Flick open the pages and step into the world of Beatrix Potter at Where is Peter Rabbit? returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer. Fall in love with Peter Rabbit on his jolly adventures, meeting Mr. McGregor and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle during the show. With voiceovers provided by Miriam Margolyes and Griff Rhys-Jones as well as surreal puppets and original songs, there’s something for everyone in this production.
For even more shows for young people, check out our family-friendly section. With lots of choice for shows for toddlers, primary school children and teenagers, you’ll find the right show for you and your children to go and see.
As well as these shows, enjoy a spectacular night out with your children this Christmas with our guide of festive productions your kids will love.