London’s greatest kid-friendly shows this half term
Guaranteed to banish all forms of boredom this half term, let our pick of London shows transport your family to another world. Theatreland is bursting with treats that will ignite your child’s imagination, helping to create memories that your family will treasure forever. Whether you’re looking for something educational, funny, or musical, there’s a show for every brood in our selection of kid-friendly productions. Booking on a budget? Look no further! There’s a host of cheap family-friendly London shows waiting for you to enjoy.
Kid friendly shows this half term
Now in its 14th year in the West End, Wicked is one of the most engaging theatrical experiences of all time. Winner of over 100 international awards, the show has been seen by over 9 million people in London alone. 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 its theatre to the brim even after so many years.
Wicked is located at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, with Victoria being the closest underground and overground train station.
Wicked is recommended for ages 7+ and has matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday.
Matilda the Musical
Winner of an outstanding 7 Olivier Awards, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical has taken London by storm and is nearly in its 7th year in the West End. 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. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show features a score by comedian Tim Minchin and some of the most inventive staging in town, it really is a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears and the heart. Matilda is truly a family theatre gem – don’t miss it!
Matilda The Musical is located at the Cambridge Theatre, with Covent Garden being the closest underground train station and Charing Cross being the closest overground train station.
Matilda The Musical is recommended for ages 6+ and has matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday.
School of Rock
School of Rock is an Olivier Award-winning musical, based on the hugely successful 2003 movie, tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck, 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 is located at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, with Covent Garden being the closest underground train station and Charing Cross being the closest overground train station.
School of Rock is recommended for ages 5+ and has matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Experience comedy at its very best with tickets to this Mischief Theatre masterpiece. Written by the Olivier Award-winning recipients behind the productions The Play that Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is an uproarious play guaranteed to have your young adult in stitches throughout. This smash-and-grab hit is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End, the performances just keep getting worse and worse…
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is located at the Criterion Theatre, with Piccadilly Circus being the closest underground train station and Charing Cross being the closest overground train station.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is recommended for ages 11+ and has moderate sexual innuendos throughout. There are matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Whisk your teen away from their phone to give them an experience they won’t forget at a show all their friends are talking about. Inspired by the BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brave, reckless and unconventional tale about finding yourself and being who you want to be. Jamie New lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and he doesn’t quite fit in. Supported by his incredible mother Margaret, Jamie overcomes the prejudice that he faces and decides to make his dreams come true. Nobody can tell Jamie that he can’t, and soon his drag persona Mimi Me takes centre stage.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is located at the Apollo Theatre, with Piccadilly Circus being the closest underground train station and Charing Cross being the closest overground train station.
Parental discretion is advised for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the show contains some strong language and mild sexual references and has matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday.