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 14th October 2019.

(NB. Polka Theatre is closed for refurbishment until summer 2020)

 

Lyric, Hammersmith – Mission… Save The World

Saturday 19th October 2019

A fun and energetic play about sibling rivalry, strengths, weaknesses and superheroes. Captain Clever is good at code breaking and problem solving, whilst Captain Conker is super-fast and not scared of anything (except spelling). But the superheroes have a BIG problem, a very disgruntled Mission Control. As they race against the clock, a tadpole catching competition challenges the dynamic duo to harness their strengths and overcome their differences. Working as a team, can they save the world… together? Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5-8yrs.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Pop!

Saturday 21st September

Come and visit Ebb and Flo as they take you on a bubbly bath time adventure full of magic and mischief and music! A gently interactive introduction to theatre for 0-3 year olds and their families. Let’s float away under a starry sky! Running time TBC. Recommended 0-3yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Mischief & Mystery In Moomin Valley

Sunday 20th October 2019

Based on the much-loved novels by Tove Jansson, this intimate, gentle, heart-warming show takes us on a journey through the seasons of the year in Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are playful. This interactive performance brings favourite Moomins, Moomintroll, Snufkin, Little My and Thingummy & Bob to life with 2D rod puppets and life size 3D puppets. Featuring, original music and songs, pre-recorded narration all set within a beautiful pop-up book. The audience members have a snowball fight, building a camp-fire and go sea-swimming! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – You’ve Got Dragons

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Jack & The Beanstalk

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Fee Fi Fo Fum! It’s a giant of a show, we’d love you to come! This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! Running time TBC. Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Rocket Girl

Saturday 26th October 2019

From the very moment she saw man on the moon, eight-year-old Maisie Robinson knew that she was destined to be an astronaut. In her dreams she travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere and flew amongst the brightest of stars. But unknown to Maisie, people had other plans about her future. After all, girls don’t do science, do they? Using an amalgamation of storytelling, puppetry and movement with an original score, Ditto Theatre Company invites you to join us in making the impossible possible as one girl battles to become…Rocket Girl! Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Oi Frog & Friends!

Tuesday 29th October 2019 to Saturday 2nd November 2019

It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming… Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Join FROG, CAT and DOG in this new action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at! Running time TBC. Recommended 3+yrs.

The Exchange, Twickenhma – Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Jay Foreman is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Richmond Theatre – Billionaire Boy

Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November 2019

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Stella

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Stella is a Star Engineer. From her home on the Moon she keeps the stars shining bright for when we need them most, to make a wish or find our way back home. But down on Earth things are changing. The world is becoming brighter. The stars are burning out and it’s up to Stella to save them, but she can’t do it alone. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Frankenstein For Kids

Sunday 3rd November 2019

When Igor, Dr Frankenstein’s assistant, attempts to assemble a beautiful dancer made from balloons, it all goes wrong. Dr Frankenstein is not happy – his dream of winning the highly-coveted North Southby Dance Competition Cup is fading fast. A marvellous monster is created and comes alive! Can Igor teach the friendly monster to dance in time? Step into Circo Ridiculoso’s quirky show – a hilarious fusion of silliness, storytelling and brilliant balloon puppetry. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Peter & The Wolf

Tuesday 5th November 2019

A magical family concert  brought to life by the Orion Orchestra conducted by Gary Matthewman and narrated by Zeb Soanes. Join the Rose Theatre for a thrilling afternoon as you meet a hero, a duck and a wolf, in a fascinating story about a boy called Peter! Learn more about the wonderful world of orchestral music through one of the most beloved stories of our time. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Kaleidoscope

Tuesday 5th November 2019

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one. Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam. Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, colours and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope.   Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinc-tively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured Kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby. Running time 25 minutes. Recommended 6-18 months.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Frankenstein For Kids

Saturday 9th November 2019

When Igor, Dr Frankenstein’s assistant, attempts to assemble a beautiful dancer made from balloons, it all goes wrong. Dr Frankenstein is not happy. His dream of picking up the coveted Cup at the highly-acclaimed North Southby Dance Competition is fading fast. A marvelous monster is created and comes to life. Can Igor teach the friendly monster to dance in time? Step into Circo Ridiculoso’s quirky show, a hilarious fusion of silliness, storytelling and brilliant balloon puppetry. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Goose Who Flew

Sunday 10th November 2019

Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends – swimming on the rivers, flying above the treetops and singing under the gaze of the full moon. When the days start to become colder, Goose knows it will soon be time to fly south for the winter. But, as his journey begins, things are not as they should be. Down below, a border has appeared and there are barbed wire fences and flashing lights. The Goose Who Flew is a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion, community and understanding. Using charming storytelling, playful puppetry and an assortment of quirky characters – including Goose’s metallic friend Bolty, paper-loving official Whiskers and a feathery jazz singer called Flossy – this delightful new show offers an age appropriate exploration of the issues facing people who seek safety in a new land. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Cinderella

Saturday 16th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020

Polish your glass slippers, dust off your carriage and join the Lyric  as the clock strikes midnight for the Fairy Godmother of pantomimes, Cinderella. Expect the usual Lyric twist on Wicked Stepmothers, Ugly Stepsisters, pumpkins, mice and more. You shall go to the ball with this festive fairy tale treat. Word has it that if you leave it too late to book, you might turn into a pumpkin. Running time 2 hours 20 minutes including interval. Recommended 6+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail Of Destiny

Sunday 17th November 2019

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle!  If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.  But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell? Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up.  He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard.  Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time! Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Wednesday20th November 2019 to Sunday 29th December 2019

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Back for another brilliant year. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Comedy Club For Kids

Sunday 24th November 2019

A seasonal return for the ever popular Comedy Club 4 Kids, featuring the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the comedy circuit. Join us for some Festive laughs with comedians doing their thing for an audience of children and their families…but without the rude bits! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

 

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