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 August:
The Borrowers at Polka Theatre (Nearest tube station: Wimbledon)
Throughout August. Age recommendation: 5-11 years old
Puppetry, music and beautiful storytelling combine to bring this classic children’s story to the Polka Theatre this summer. The Borrowers, of course, are tiny people who live beneath the floorboards. They occasionally come into the human world to “borrow” from the house. But when young borrower Arrietty befriends a human boy, their world is exposed. So now they have to escape…
What The Ladybird Heard at Lyric Theatre (Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus)
Throughout August. Age recommendation: 3+
Join the world’s finest crime-fighting ladybird and her farmyard friends as Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s children’s book comes to the stage. The story of how the quiet-yet-courageous beetle stops Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh is told through song, puppetry and lots of audience participation. Find out more in our Hear it first interview with Lydia Monks. BOOK NOW
Jungle Book at Underbelly Festival (Nearest tube station: Waterloo)
From 1 to 24 August. Age recommendation: 8+
Rudyard Kipling’s tale gets a 21st-century makeover. This Mowgli gets lost in an urban jungle, where the wolves ride skateboards, Baloo beatboxes and Bagheera is a graffiti artist. A hit at the London Wonderground last year, the high-octane show returns to the Southbank this summer.
Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain at Garrick Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)
From 4 August. Age recommendation: 5+
Birmingham Stage Company brings Horrible Histories back to the London stage to delight kids with all of the past’s most disgusting facts. This year, expect the Vile Victorians, Revolting Romans and Crazy King Charles to take centre stage with stories that will educate the kids without them realising. BOOK NOW
Around The World In 80 Days at Cadogan Hall (Nearest tube station: Sloane Square)
From 2 August. Age recommendation: 7+
Join Phileas Fogg on his remarkable globetrotting adventure. After making an ill-advised wager, Fogg has to find his way around the Earth in just 80 days or face losing his fortune. This action-packed hit production features eight actors playing more than 100 parts, which sounds almost as impossible as Fogg’s task. Find out more in our interview with star Andrew Pollard.
Hansel & Gretel And The Witch Baba Yaga at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (Nearest tube station: Covent Garden)
From 3 August. Age recommendation: 8+
Let’s get straight to it – this show features a life-sized edible gingerbread house! (It may be slightly smaller after theatre.london’s visit…) Iris Theatre retells the classic fairy tale about siblings lost in the wood, as you move around the churchyard. Who knows what might be lurking in the shadows?
Kiki’s Delivery Service at Southwark Playhouse (Nearest tube station: Borough)
From 10 August. Age recommendation: 7+
This was one of Southwark Playhouse’s most popular shows ever when they staged it last Christmas. So it’s back for a four-week summer run. Kiki is a 13-year-old witch. As tradition dictates, it’s time for her to leave home and make her way in the world… which she does, eager to use her powers for good.
Gangsta Granny at Garrick Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)
Throughout August. Age recommendation: 5+
A David Walliams-inspired show, Gangsta Granny comes to the West End following a UK tour. Ben does not look forward to spending Friday nights with his gran. It’s boring, and she cooks cabbage. But this Friday is different. This Friday he finds out his granny has a secret. BOOK NOW
The Hunting Of The Snark at Vaudeville Theatre (Nearest tube station: Charing Cross)
Until 26 August. Age recommendation: 4+
Embark on an exciting adventure to find a mythical beast with this adaptation of the Lewis Carroll poem. This colourful production is packed with songs and fun, as the Boy, Banker, Butcher, Baker and Bellman meet all manner of incredible beasts on their quest. Find out more in our Hear it first interview with writer Annabel Wigoder. BOOK NOW
Fantastic Mr Fox at Lyric Hammersmith (Nearest tube station: Hammersmith)
Until 20 August. Age recommendation: 6+
This musical version of Roald Dahl’s story returns to the Lyric Hammersmith, where it was a hit last year. Featuring music by Doctor Who and Broadchurch star Arthur Darvill, it follows the adventures of Mr Fox, who has to use his cunning to save his family and foil the plans of three angry farmers.