Family-friendly theatre to discover in the West End
Ignite your child’s imagination and uncover a world of theatrical amazement in the West End. While shows such as Bitter Wheat and The Girl on the Train during the weekday evenings, the theatres are also home to productions during the day, suitable for a younger audience. Pack your days with plenty of excitement and see some of the best family-friendly theatre that London has in store.
Where is Peter Rabbit?
After a West End premiere earlier this year, Where is Peter Rabbit will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer. With original songs and magical voiceovers provided by Griff-Rhys Jones and Myleene Klass, join the lovable rabbit as he bunny hops back into the West End, with audience members able to meet Mr. McGregor and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle during the show.
If you’re looking to see science experiments on a gigantic stage, you’ll definitely want to head to Brainiac Live! at the Garrick Theatre this summer. Inspired by the hit television show, see daredevil stunts, high-energy performances and plenty of chemical reactions. With exploding microwaves, you’ll want to strap on your safety goggles for this, just don’t recreate the on-stage science magic at home.
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever
Join Peppa Pig at the Duke of York’s later this year, as the lovable pig heads on a special day out with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and her little brother George. Full of adventures, join the family through castles, caves and even jumping in a few muddy puddles and see what mischief she’ll get up to in the West End.
Oi Frog and Friends!
It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and there’s a frog looking for a place to sit. ‘Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs’, but little do any of the animals know of the chaos that’s soon to ensue. Join in the fun at Oi Frog and Friends, filled with original music, songs and laughs and bring the 2014 books to life.
Venture into the deepest, darkest woods at The Gruffalo, a family-friendly stage show at the Lyric Theatre this summer. Based on the children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, see how the story of a beastly creature named the Gruffalo scares the Mouse, fearing he’ll be eaten for dinner. But, with Fox, Owl and Snake by his side, will the Mouse be saved? Whether you’ve read the story to your children or you were told of the Gruffalo decades ago, experience a children’s West Ed show at The Gruffalo.
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
Take a trip through centuries of British history at Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, with the Terry Deary books returning to the West End this summer. From Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Elizabeth I and the tales of Henry VIII, find out all the gruesome details of British monarchs gone by. Jampacked with all the nasty bits they didn’t teach you about in school, see a different side to the historical events that shaped Britain’s past and present at the Apollo Theatre.
Daring to travel where few people go, join Peter Pan and the Darling children at Peter Pan at the Troubadour White City Theatre. First performed at the National Theatre, see what happens when the young children meet the boy who won’t grow up, coming face to face with the lost boys and Captain Hook. J.M Barrie’s childhood classic is adapted for the stage at Peter Pan, defying theatre trickery.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Playing at the Troubadour White City Theatre for just 4 weeks, celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar this summer. One of the most iconic characters in children’s literature, see the invertebrate wiggle their way to London and see the animals come to life on stage at this exciting production.
Want to see your favourite childhood books told on stage? You’ve come to the right place. See storybooks brought to life before your very eyes in the West End and find the show for you.