Coming up with ideas to fill your kids’ days off with worthwhile and engaging activities is always a challenge, but choosing a family theatre visit gets you a gold star every time. Make your trip to a show the climax to a full day of sightseeing or shopping in London, and it becomes an unforgettable centrepiece to the half term break that’s a lot more affordable than you might think.
There’s plenty of West End shows on stage this half term to suit kids whatever their age or taste, and it’s easy for grown-ups to love them too. From the out-and-out daftness of The Play That Goes Wrong and the exhilarating cult phenomenon of Six, to shows for teens like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, there’s a family friendly show waiting for you in Theatreland that’s perfectly pitched to pacify your restless brood.
There's also Matilda the Musical, every bit as good as Roald Dahl's fantastic original children's story, as well as The Lion King, where you can go on a trip to the African Pridelands, where beasts roam the aisles, and lion cub Simba ascends to his rightful throne. Still glorious after all these years.
The ultimate in dark, sweeping romance, The Phantom Of The Opera remains a jaw-dropping spectacle with something for everyone, as well as The Woman In Black, the classic gothic ghost story is a West End staple that's guaranteed to bring your family closer together...as you cling to each other in fear.