The top 10 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. For even more shows for young people, check out our family-friendly section.
Shows that young children will love
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!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
If you’re looking for a magical West End show for young children, then head to the big top as Goldilocks and the Three Bears comes to town. Be swept away by the impressive stunts performed by some of the world’s best circus acts, as well as comic performances from veteran pantomime stars including Paul O’Grady and Julian Clary in a mischevious production that’s sure to be jam-packed with laughter.
Our favourite flying nanny returns to the West End in spectacular style as Mary Poppins comes back to the West End! Join Mary as she looks after young children Jane and Michael Banks in an adventure stretching across London. With songs including ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ and ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, you’ll leave the Prince Edward Theatre with a giant smile on your face!
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
In a stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem, celebrate 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book at The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket this Christmas. Loved by young children and adults alike, it’s a heartwarming show that’s energetic and fun!
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.
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever
Get ready for a road-trip of fun adventures at Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles, young children will love seeing their favourite characters come to life where there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Trapeze artists fly in the air and world-class acrobats take to the stage in Circus 1903, returning to the Southbank Circus. Proceedings are led by ringmaster Willy Whipsnade, with audiences witnessing stunts that defy expectations! With sensational elephant puppets from the creators of puppets behind War Horse masterfully controlled by cast members, experience the Golden Age of circus in the heart of London with young children this year!
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man. With a dog wanting to play fetch with him, swans building nests and plenty of adventures, will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s charming story book, join Stick Man on his epic journey at Leicester Square Theatre; a perfect show for young children!
The Snail and the Whale
All creatures great and small come together in The Snail and the Whale, an adventurous play for young children, as Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s stories extend their presence across London. Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale, but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him?