The top 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!
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!
Family-friendly West End shows