Top 10 London shows for families this month

From musicals and circus, to puppets and drama, we run down the top shows for kids and their parents this June.

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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 our highlights of the month ahead to help you choose. These are our top 10 London shows for families in June:

Children Are Stinky at Underbelly Festival Southbank (Nearest tube/train station: Waterloo)

Until 17 June. Age recommendation: 3-12 years old

Children Are Stinky at Underbelly Festival
Children Are Stinky at Underbelly Festival

A hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Children Are Stinky is a hilarious circus show with a difference. It’s not just the performers doing the tricks – the kids are challenged to get on stage and take on the professionals!

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

Throughout June. Age recommendation: 6+

Janique Charles and Nick Afoa in Disney's The Lion King
Janique Charles and Nick Afoa in Disney’s The Lion King

Journey to the Pride Lands with this smash-hit West End musical. Follow the adventures of lion cub Simba in this fantastic family show, featuring songs Circle Of Life, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel The Love Tonight. BOOK NOW

Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre (Nearest tube/train station: London Bridge)

Throughout June. Age recommendation: 3-6 years old

Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre
Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

Bernard’s parents are busy. They’re too busy to listen to their son’s problems and complaints. When a hungry monster appears in his garden, their lack of interest proves particularly problematic.

Little Red Riding Hood at Puppet Theatre Barge (Nearest tube station: Warwick Avenue)

Throughout June. Age recommendation: 4+

Red Riding Hood at Puppet Theatre Barge
Red Riding Hood at Puppet Theatre Barge

Marionettes and shadow puppets combine in this new take on an old story. A young girl happily makes her way to Grandma’s house until a wily wolf interrupts her.

Small Wonders at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (Nearest tube station: Seven Sisters)

From 2 June. Age recommendation: 5-11 years old

Small Wonders at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)
Small Wonders at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)

Step into Nanny Lacey’s flat with this new immersive show created by Punchdrunk. Nanny Lacey is getting old and starting to forget things, but each of the tiny models in her home holds a story that must be shared.

Sleeping Beauty In The Wood at Little Angel Theatre (Nearest tube station: Angel)

From 8 June. Age recommendation: 4-9 years old

See the fairytale about a girl and a kingdom cursed to sleep for 100 years brought to the stage in a production featuring puppets, projection and live music.

Double Act at Polka Theatre (Nearest tube station: South Wimbledon)

From 15 June. Age recommendation: 7+

Based on an award-winning book by Jacqueline Wilson, Double Act is the story of twins Ruby and Garnet. They do everything together, but their lives change dramatically when their dad buys a bookshop in the middle of nowhere.

The King And I at London Palladium (Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus)

From 21 June. Age recommendation: 5+

The King And I at London Palladium
The King And I at London Palladium

The Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical plays a limited run in London this summer. See Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in this tale of the relationship that develops between a British teacher and the King of Siam. BOOK NOW

Giffords Circus at Chiswick House and Gardens (Nearest train station: Chiswick)

From 28 June. Age recommendation: All ages

Giffords Circus at Chiswick House and Gardens (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)
Giffords Circus at Chiswick House and Gardens (Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)

Enjoy the astounding skills of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers and even a troupe of performing dachshunds in this touring family circus show. It stops in the walled garden of the stunning Chiswick House this summer.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre (Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus)

From 28 June. Age recommendation: 3+

The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre
The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre

The stage adaptation of this classic picture book celebrates its 10th birthday this summer. It tells the story of Sophie, whose afternoon is interrupted by a feline guest with a massive appetite. BOOK NOW