Half term theatre suggestions for all the family

13 shows to keep kids of all ages entertained in London this half term

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Wondering what to do with the kids on their school break? There’s only so much CBeebies or YouTube they can watch before you start to feel like a terrible parent. Let us help with a host of handy half term theatre suggestions. With so many shows in London, you’ll find one for every member of the family

Children Are Stinky (Underbelly Festival) – From 3 to 12 years old

Children Are Stinky at Underbelly Festival Southbank
Children Are Stinky at Underbelly Festival Southbank – Half term theatre suggestions

This circus show doesn’t just entertain the kids – it gets them involved. Will your child attempt the challenges made by Children Are Stinky’s hilarious, and extremely talented, performers?

Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre) – 6 years and older

Matthew Croke plays Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre
Matthew Croke plays Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre

“I wish for a tune-tastic tale to keep my children entertained…” We know a genie who can help you out. You probably know some of the songs from the hit animated film, but on stage there are new numbers and incredible dance routines to create a spectacular show. BOOK NOW

Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) – 6 years and older

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

Another Disney and West End classic, The Lion King has been a hit in London for 18 years. Join Simba to learn about The Circle Of Life, as he is forced to grow up and fulfil his destiny. BOOK NOW

Error 404 (Polka Theatre) – From 8 to 11 years old

Error 404 at Polka Theatre
Error 404 at Polka Theatre

Enjoy this tale about a boy whose best friend is a robot, which plays as part of Polka’s Techtopia Festival.

The Gingerbread Man (Lyric Hammersmith) – From 3 to 10 years old

The Gingerbread Man at Lyric Hammersmith
The Gingerbread Man at Lyric Hammersmith – Half term theatre suggestions

Follow the escape attempt of a very brave biscuit as he runs just as fast as he can. Stuff And Nonsense’s production uses puppetry, live action, music and humour to tell the famous story.

Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre) – 6 years and older

Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre (Image: Manuel Harlan. Courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)
Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre (Image: Manuel Harlan. Courtesy of The Corner Shop PR)

Remind the kids that they have it easy at school with a trip to Crunchem Hall. That’s the educational establishment run by the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, in this award-winning musical about a small girl who finds incredible power from within. BOOK NOW

Not Now, Bernard (The Unicorn Theatre) – 3 to 6 years old

Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre
Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre – Half term theatre suggestions

What happens when young Bernard’s parents keep ignoring him? Well, there’s a hungry purple monster on the loose, so it might not end well…

Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) – Children of primary school age and older

Peter Pan at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

See the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of JM Barrie’s classic story. Previously a success when it was first staged in 2015, this version of Peter Pan draws its inspiration from the First World War. As injured soldiers try to recover, their only escape is into their imaginations. BOOK NOW

School Of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre) – 5 years and older

Stephen Leask stars in School Of Rock The Musical at New London Theatre
Stephen Leask stars in School Of Rock The Musical at New London Theatre

School Of Rock is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musicals. Based on the Jack Black film, it’s the story of a wannabe rock star who finds himself in charge of a prep-school class with hidden talents. Expect to be rocking in the aisles and playing air guitar all the way home.

Tom Thumb (Little Angel Theatre) – From 4 to 8 years old

Tom Thumb at Little Angel Theatre
Tom Thumb at Little Angel Theatre – Half term theatre suggestions

Follow the tale of a tiny child who has an incredible adventure and proves that size really doesn’t matter. This innovative show is performed on, under and around a kitchen table.

Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre) – 8 years and older

Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

Now the 14th longest-running West End musical of all time, Thriller Live is a live music spectacular. The constantly evolving show is a celebration of the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, filled with incredible pop songs and unbelievable dancing. BOOK NOW

What The Ladybird Heard (Rose Theatre Kingston) – 3 years and older

What The Ladybird Heard at artsdepot
What The Ladybird Heard at Rose Theatre Kingston

Discover how a little ladybird foiled the dastardly plot of two thieves, as Julia Donaldson’s farmyard tale is brought to the stage.

Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) – 7 years and older

Alice Fearn plays Elphaba in Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre (Image: Matt Crockett)
Alice Fearn plays Elphaba in Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre (Image: Matt Crockett)

One of the West End’s most popular shows, Wicked takes audiences back to Oz. But this is not a tale about the Wizard of Oz or Dorothy. This story follows college students Elphaba and Glinda. It tells how life conspires to turn enemies into friends, and how the truth is not always what we think it is. BOOK NOW