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, there’s one to suit every taste – and age:
Aleena’s Garden (Canada Water Culture Space) – 0 to 3 years old
Give the youngest theatregoer in your family their first taste of stage magic with this interactive show exploring the natural world.
Burglar Bill (Lyric Hammersmith) – 3 to 8 years old
Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s much-loved picture book comes to the stage. Burglar Bill and Burglar Betty tell their story using puppets, music, song and dance.
Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre) – 6 years and older
“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 real spectacular. BOOK NOW
Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) – 6 years and older
Another Disney and West End classic, The Lion King has been a hit 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
Friends For All (Polka Theatre) – 5 to 11 years old
Simon Mole’s poetic rap piece tells the story of a girl who doesn’t fit in. Inspired by her grandad’s stories of the revolutionary ’60s, she decides to stand up for herself against the powers that be.
Finding Peter (Theatre N16) – 4 years and older
Journey back to Neverland with Wendy Darling, as she returns to the magical world of pirates, mermaids, lost boys and fairies to help save Peter Pan.
The Gruffalo (artsdepot) – 3 years and older
Silly old audiences! Don’t they know there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo? Except… Regularly seen in the West End, the hit stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book runs for a week in north London.
The Hunting Of The Snark (Rose Theatre Kingston) – 4 years and older
All aboard a ship in search of adventure… and strange, mystical beasts. Following a hit run in the West End, this musical tale, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, comes to Kingston for half term.
The Jungle Book (Lion And Unicorn Theatre) – 4 years and older
Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale of a young boy finding his way in the jungle receives a high-energy retelling by Jellyfish Theatre.
Little Red Riding Hood (Polka Theatre) – 3 to 8 years old
The famous fairy tale is explored as a pair of performers play “what if” with their imaginations. The duo each wants to take all the parts, from the small girl to her grandma, but especially Mr Wolf.
Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre) – 6 years and older
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 multi-award-winning musical about a small girl who finds incredible power from within. BOOK NOW
Me & My Bee (Pleasance Theatre) – TBC
The winner of the Les Enfants Terribles Stepladder Award 2017, this is new comedy is about saving the world one bee at a time.
Ready Steady Go! (artsdepot) – 3 to 9 years old
Part creative art experience, part show, this immersive production gives kids the chance to create and colour their own car before driving their way through a story.
School Of Rock – The Musical (New London Theatre) – 5 years and older
School Of Rock is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new hit musical. Based on the Jack Black film, it’s the story of a rock star wannabe 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. BOOK NOW
Stomp (Ambassadors Theatre) – 5 years and older
After they’ve seen Stomp, the kids will never have an excuse to be bored again. The talented cast of this long-running hit make music from everything imaginable. From matchboxes to brooms, to bins and more. Maybe save it for the end of half term, just before you send them back to school. BOOK NOW
Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre) – 8 years and older
Now the 15th 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, so is full of incredible pop songs and unbelievable dancing. BOOK NOW
Tröll (Southbank Centre) – 4 to 9 years old
Part of Nordic Matters, Tröll is a puppet show based on Icelandic folk tales. The trölls have lived on their island for 17 million years. But now the humans have arrived. How will the two get along?
Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) – 7 years and older
One of the West End’s most popular shows, Wicked takes audiences back to Oz. But this is not a story about the Wizard or Dorothy (though they are here). 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