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From story time to the stage: 4 family-friendly shows based on books

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From story time to the stage: 4 family-friendly shows based on books

See some of the greatest childhood stories presented in the West End at these incredible productions. Whether it’s a journey into the unique mind of Matilda Wormwood at Matilda the Musical or a childhood classic at The Tiger Who Came To Teaaudience members from 2-102 are sure to enjoy these childhood adventures coming to life right before their very eyes.

Watch a story come to life

Matilda

Matilda

The story of a little girl possessing an incredible telekinetic power that’s seen to believed, Matilda joins Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a Roald Dahl story which has been adapted for the stage. With an original score by British comedian Tim Minchin featuring songs including “Revolting Children” and “When I Grow Up”, follow Matilda Wormwood as she uses her powers for good especially when faced against her parents and her nasty headmistress Miss Trunchbull. See your favourite parts from the book and the film adaptation in this stage show at the Cambridge Theatre, which has won seven Olivier Awards to date.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Returning to the West End stage this Christmas, don’t miss out on The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book, flick open the pages and see your favourite characters leap out onto the stage. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!

War Horse

War Horse

One of Michael Morpurgo’s best-known children’s books, War Horse was adapted for the stage and first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. After worldwide touring productions and a seven-year run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the tale of Albert and Joey in World War One returns to London as the inaugural production at the new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Follow Albert as he journeys across the French battlefields during the war, risking life and limb through the trenches to reunite with his horse Joey and travel back to Britain as a pair. Featuring one-of-a-kind puppets curated by the Handspring Puppet Company, you won’t want to miss out on seeing this stellar production that’s entertained millions of theatregoers worldwide.

Want to know more about War Horse? Read our complete guide to the show from its first performance at the National Theatre and how it became a worldwide phenomenon.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia at The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the Bridge Theatre. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the cruellest White Witch in a mythical, ethereal world like no other.

Photo credit: Mark Douet