Children's Theatre

It seems that there is more fantastic children’s theatre around than ever before, so we thought it would be useful to have everything in one handy place. We’re covering further afield than usual, as we know that many of you visit the theatre as a special treat and are willing to travel that little bit further. Having said that, the children’s productions are often such good value that it would be a shame to save them for a special occasion!

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of the big shows that are on for families across London, including the West End, then there is a great list on the London Theatre site.

Latest update 26th April 2018.


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 13th May 2018

Chocolate CakeFollow the adventures of two brothers and the night-time disappearance of a chocolate cake in this scrumptious new musical adaptation by the creators of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and How to Hide a Lion from Michael Rosen’s beloved poem Chocolate Cake, which has just been published as a picture book. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Egg & Spoon

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April 2018

Join a romp through the seasons opening all the gifts of nature, and a gentle introduction to the magic of theatre. Meet Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg, run through the rain and the falling leaves and sleep under the snow till the sun wakes us up for the butterfly party. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 1-5yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Me & My Bee

Saturday 28th April 2018

Climate change is massive. Bees Aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late… Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – John Hegley: All Hail The Snail & Other Creatures

Sunday 29th April 2018

A humorous journey through poems, songs and animal drawings. You’ve got no teeth. You’re underneath the roof that you carry around. You can write with your trail in the way of the snail in your delicate D.I.Y. home. Join poet John Hegley as he takes us on a humorous journey through his living library of poems, songs, stories and animal drawings. Enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of this mandolin playing muse and his hilarious struggle with words as they threaten to twist and turn out of his grasp. The bespectacled author of 13 books is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic artists and this children’s show will delight adults and young people alike with its chaotic comedy, bewitching poems, plus the extra bonus of a special guest musician. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 7-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Sourpuss

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May 2018

Sourpuss is a very grumpy, ginger cat. When shut out of the house he feels lost and confused, but the beautiful garden soon intrigues him. Watch Sourpuss enjoy learning the secrets of the great outdoors. From buzzing bees to a chirpy robin, stinky rubbish and vibrant flowers, this visual show is a feast for little eyes. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Tin Foil Astronaut

Saturday 5th May 2018

Today is the day of the space race! A race to put the first human on the Moon! But our astronaut isn’t quite like others, she’s… different. Alba has been in training and she has even made her own rocket! But can she really power a rocket with crisps? What is past Pluto? Are there robots in Space? And will anyone ever listen to the smallest of space explorers? It’s one small step for most astronauts, but one giant leap for little Alba! Join us for a surprising space race and see if Alba really can make it all the way to the moon. A cosmic adventure to outer space! A story of discovery, individuality and a celebration of differences. Including original live music and puppets. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Susannah & The Sunflower

Sunday 6th May 2018

Susannah loves flowers. A gardener who dreams of flowerbeds full of colourful blooms but can’t seem to make anything grow. She has spent all her money on seeds and now must sell her cow, Petal, if she is to have anything to eat. Is this the end of her dreams to become The Best Gardener Ever? Or will she be tempted one last time by some Magic Seeds? Following in the footsteps of Jack and the Beanstalk, she enters a fantastical shadow world where garden tools, twine and gloves transform into magical objects; a singing harp from a bamboo cane and a chicken out of garden twine. Will she escape from the Giant that lives in the Cloud Castle? And will the magic still work once she gets back home? A celebration of the magic of growing things and dreaming big for everyone over three years. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-9yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Animalphabet

Monday 7th May 2018

High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet The Musical. A brand new family musical unlike any other. Funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by Al and Sam of the platinum selling pop band The Hoosiers. ANIMALPHABET THE MUSICAL will delight, excite and entertain all the family. Immediately after the show the cast will come out in costume and meet the audience for photos and autographs. The perfect way to end your experience! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 2+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Three Billy Goats

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018

A simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll with a gentle ecological message, told with puppets and live music and singing. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish!  Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Tom Thumb

Saturday 12th May 2018

Performed entirely on a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying fiery house and a portable forest. Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies, who has been performing this show for more than a decade, brings the story wonderfully to life in an intimate and fascinating show. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Jack At The Beanstalk Cafe

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2018

Watch and giggle as two full-grown adults play with their food as they search for the recipe for the perfect story. This nourishing bean-feast of stories in the Beanstalk Café, includes the sweet and sour tale of The Old Woman in a Vinegar Bottle, and a tasty take on Jack and the Beanstalk. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Oskar’s Amazing Adventure

Saturday 19th May 2018

Fun-loving Oskar has to run down a mountain to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again? An original, heartwarming and entertaining play for young children and their families, full of good humour, adventure, music and song. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-8yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th May 2018

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music! The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter patter of rain.  Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when their will be lots of muddy puddles to play in! Running time 1 hour 20 minutes (including interval). Recommended TBC.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – iPet

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th May 2018

A three-dimensional show with cuddly devices. Two magicians happily start their act, creating balloon animals and doing magic tricks by pulling bananas out of iPads, just the way it’s supposed to be. But the iPad reveals itself as a cheeky prankster who disrupts the entire show. Eventually, no one knows who controls who anymore. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Railway Children

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018

After the sudden departure of their father, Bobby, Peter and Phyllis are uprooted to a cottage in Yorkshire with their mother. There they fall in love with the railway and become involved in the lives of people connected to it. This exciting, heartfelt story by E. Nesbit  is given a fresh adaptation for the stage, while remaining faithful in essence to the original. Presented by Rose Youth Theatre (11-14 Year Olds). Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Owl & The Pussycat

Saturday 26th May 2018

A fizzgiggious show by Full House Theatre all about where, what and who our family really are. Join Owly-cat and fellow family members, Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee, in a story inspired by the nonsense world of Edward Lear. The spongetaneous trio travel to the dolomphious land where the bong tree grows, learning all about the creatures who live there and their curious habits. Will this meloobious family return together, will they always be a three? Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 4-11yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Gingerbread Man

Tuesday 29th May to Saturday 2nd June 2018

Gingerbread ManImagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all time! Stuff and Nonsense present a brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – What The Ladybird Heard

Tuesday 29th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018

What The Ladybird HeardTwo crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Random Selfies

Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st May 2018

A new play by Olivier Award-winning writer Mike Kenny and designed by illustrator Rachana Jadhav. As part of a three-year exploration into the impact of child loneliness, Random Selfies will be performed on a digitally animated set, which will bring to life ten-year-old Loretta’s vivid imagination. Running time TBC. Recommended 7-12yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Error 404

Wednesday 30th May to Friday 1st June 2018

There’s a boy. Maybe he’s just like you – except that his best friend is a robot. Join him on a weird and wonderful interactive adventure through the deepest questions about what it means to be human. knows who controls who anymore. Running time 65 minutes. Recommended 8-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The First Girl In Space

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 2018

Close your eyes and think about the future. What do you see? Artificial intelligence, light-speed computers, wearable technology, cities in the sky? Where do we want to go next? What will the world look like? This play, written with and performed by young people in Merton, will answer some of these questions. Join us in dreaming the future. The only limits are our imaginations… Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Whatever The Weather

Friday 8th June 2018

Two whimsical characters learn to share the endlessly surprising world of an Alpine Weather House in this humorous and highly visual show for the very young. Winner of Best Production for Children and Young People, OFFIES 2016. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Whatever The Weather

Wednesday 13th June to Sunday 24th June 2018

Whatever The WeatherThere’s one thing about your bed. It’s your very own bed. Except somebody else seems to think it’s their bed too. And then the bed itself has its own ideas, and can turn itself into a bus or a train or a rocket. And when a bear turns up one night it whisks you off to meet the very things you’re frightened of. Thank goodness there are some unexpected friends to help you along your way. Performed by three singers and two players, and full of fabulous songs, characters and animation, This Is My Bed is the latest of ETO’s award-winning operas for children. It was written with the help of students from Perseid Special School in Merton. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Double Act

Friday 15th June to Sunday 5th August 2018

Double ActMeet Ruby and Garnet. They’re twins, identical and inseparable – and do absolutely EVERYTHING together. But their lives are about to change. Recently, Dad’s gone a bit weird. He’s been acting strange ever since he started dating that frizzy dizzy Rose. And now he’s only gone and bought a bookshop in the country… Vicky Ireland’s funny and gripping stage adaptation, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s multi award-winning book, was an instant hit when it premiered at Polka in 2003 and loved by thousands of children during a UK tour. Running time 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval). Recommended 7+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Goldilocks & The Three Polar Bears

Saturday 23rd June 2018

CAPTCHA Theatre returns with the Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears! The classic tale of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears is transported from deep in the forest to an icy wonderland. Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl that enjoys all the chilly adventures her home has to offer – from skiing down the snowy hills to penguin spotting. When she stumbles across an empty igloo full of treats, she can’t quite believe her luck! But who lives there? And where have they gone? The mayhem begins when a family of Polarbears return… Join the journey of friendship and snowflakes animated live with fantastic puppets that’s fun for all the family!  Running time 45 minutes. Recommended TBC.

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