Top 10 London shows for families this month

From musicals to dance, puppets to drama, we run down the top shows for kids and their parents in October.

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There is always a wealth of London shows for families across the capital, with lots to see for children of all ages. The choices range from one-off performances at local theatres to massive West End musicals that run year-round.

We’ve picked out our highlights for the month ahead to help you. These are our top 10 London shows for families in October:


Aladdin at Sadler’s Wells (Nearest tube station: Angel)

From 31 October. Age recommendation: 5+

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Aladdin
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents David Bintley’s dance interpretation of the classic story about a street urchin who finds a magic lamp containing an all-powerful genie. With music by Carl Davis, this production features stunning costumes and even a Chinese lion. There’s also an hour-long, bite-sized version of the show for audiences aged 3+


Beowulf at Unicorn Theatre (Nearest tube station: London Bridge)

From 1 October. Age recommendation: 8+

Beowulf at the Unicorn Theatre.
Beowulf at the Unicorn Theatre – London shows for families

This new version of the ancient text finds the monster-slaying hero looking back over his feats and wondering what he has achieved. Chris Thorpe’s play is set to a metal- and electro-infused score and is directed by Justin Audibert.


My Brother, My Sister And Me at Polka Theatre (Nearest train station: Wimbledon)

From 18 October. Age recommendation: 2-5 years old

My Brother, My Sister And Me at Polka Theatre
My Brother, My Sister And Me at Polka Theatre

Inspired by conversations with children about their siblings, this play is about these volatile but special relationships. When a new baby is born, a little sister has to move into her big brother’s bedroom. At first, both find it a strain but soon the arguments have turned into laughter.


Cirque Éloize at Peacock Theatre (Nearest tube station: Holborn)

From 4 to 21 October. Age recommendation: 5+

Saloon at the Peacock Theatre.
Saloon at the Peacock Theatre – London shows for families

Cirque Éloize brings the Wild West to the West End with Saloon. The latest show from the Canadian circus troupe takes acrobatics and jaw-dropping feats into the world of cowboys and high-noon showdowns.


Disney’s The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre (Nearest tube station: Covent Garden)

Throughout October. Age recommendation: 6+

Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

The classic Disney tale about a lion cub who’s tricked into believing he’s the cause of a terrible event, The Lion King is one of London’s most popular shows. See incredible puppetry, hear songs including Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, Circle Of Life and Hakuna Matata, and you will understand why. BOOK NOW


The Lorax at The Old Vic (Nearest tube station: Waterloo)

From 15 October. Age recommendation: 6+

The Lorax at the Old Vic Theatre.
The Lorax at the Old Vic Theatre – London shows for families

Dr Seuss’s hairy orange eco-warrior returns to The Old Vic for a three-week run, following an acclaimed debut in 2015. When his home is threatened by the industrialist Once-ler, the Lorax takes it upon himself to speak for the trees and stand up to the greedy businessman. BOOK NOW


A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Orange Tree Theatre (Nearest tube station: Richmond)

From 16 to 28 October. Age recommendation: 10+

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Orange Tree Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Orange Tree Theatre – London shows for families

Flute Theatre are specialists in making Shakespeare accessible for children with autism and their families. In this production, up to 15 children join a cast of six performers to work through the tale of fairies and woodland mischief using games and narrative.


The Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre (Nearest tube station: Covent Garden)

Throughout October. Age recommendation: 8+

Everything continues to go right for The Play That Goes Wrong. The Olivier Award-winning comedy about an amateur dramatics group struggling to stage a murder mystery still has London audiences crying with laughter at their hilarious misfortune and side-splitting misadventure. BOOK NOW


Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)

From 21 October. Age recommendation: All ages welcome

Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre

The world is a dangerous place for Stick Man because… well… he’s a stick. When he leaves his family tree one morning, he has no idea of the dangers he will have to overcome to get back to his stick lady love and his stick children three. This joyous, inventive adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book is a family treat.