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 23rd October 2018.


Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue Monster

Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October 2018

Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue Monster Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old shipmate – Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a stowaway aboard the ship. It’s a little blue monster. But little monsters grow into big greedy monsters – and this one wants his DINNER. There’s trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl! Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Gruffalo’s Child

Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th October 2018

Gruffalo's ChildFollowing hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her on tour this autumn. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Musicians Of Bremen

Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th October 2018

Musicians Of BremenThis visually stunning adaptation from French company, Compagnie Animotion, for 3 to 10 years and their families, tells the tale of four animals put to pasture; a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog. Too old to be of any use to their masters, this tumbling, musical adventure explores their extraordinary friendships, shows that despite our differences, we can be friends, and that we are never too old to live our dreams. With puppetry, movement and trapeze. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Gingerbread Man

Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th October 2018

The Gingerbread ManImagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Up and down and into town our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a Goose? Can he cross a river using a Fox as a raft? Are Gingerbread Men allowed on trains? Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all times! Running time 1 hour. Recommended 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Under The Rainbow

Wednesday 24th October to Saturday 3rd November 2018

Under The Rainbow 2Returning to Polka this autumn, Under the Rainbow’s evocative music, puppetry and a beautiful transformative set gently tells the story of one woman’s courageous journey. As she crosses land and sea, she befriends a turtle and a colourful bird of paradise, discovering a plentiful island that gives her hope for the future. In Polka’s intimate Adventure Theatre, children will feel part of the journey, with opportunities to interact with the performer on her remarkable journey, before she builds her new home on stage. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – The Time Seekers

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a dinosaur? Meeting an Ancient Egyptian? Sharing tea time with a robot? A thrilling journey through time where you take the steering wheel. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Over The Moon

Sunday 4th November 2018

Over the Moon weaves together gentle classical music with familiar nursery rhymes and games in an interactive musical adventure for babies. Join us for musical tickling, stretching, chomping and stamping as we journey together through the day: waking, eating, playing and sleeping. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 0-2yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Young Herbert’s Horrors

Sunday 4th November 2018

Young Herbert is a little horror. Living on a boat should be the ideal life for a wannabe pirate, but the boat’s grounded until Herbert can learn to tidy his cabin, eat his greens and be more polite. A big storm brews up when Herbert is sent home from school and Mum calls on Great Uncle Albatross – navy captain and scourge of all pirates – to warn him of the dangers of rebellion. But who is Great Uncle Albatross and do his cautionary tales really have the power to make Young Herbert behave? Or will they just give Young Herbert the horrors? Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 4-9yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Over The Moon

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Over the Moon weaves together gentle classical music with familiar nursery rhymes and games in an interactive musical adventure for babies and parents alike. Join us for musical tickling, stretching, chomping and stamping as we journey together through the day: waking, eating, playing and sleeping. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 0-2yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Wind In The Willows

Friday 9th November 2018 to Sunday 17th February 2019

Wind In The Willows polka theatreWhen Mole abandons spring cleaning for the delights of the  riverbank, he has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. With Toad’s obsession for all things fast causing chaos (poop, poop!), it falls upon his friends Ratty, Mole and wise old Badger to save him. But that means coming face to face with the ferrets and weasels of the Wild Wood… In this delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery, this winter warmer will take you on a journey through the seasons. A wonderfully funny tale brought to life with music, songs and the usual Polka magic! Running time 2 hours (including interval). Recommended 5+yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – The Enormous Turnip

Saturday 10th November 2018

Young Rosie dreams of carving a special turnip lantern for the Festival of Light. Little does she know how absolutely ENORMOUS her turnip will grow. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Frog & The Princess

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November 2018

The Frog and The Princess is a poignant re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tale that will entertain and delight family audiences. This exquisitely manipulated and humorous puppetry performance explores the meeting of cultures and what happens when a Princess deems a Frog unworthy of being her friend, just because of what he is. As the Frog and the Princess undergo an emotional journey from rejection to friendship they discover that deep down they are not so very different after all. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Your Toys

Sunday 11th November 2018

What have Buzz Lightyear, Barbie, the blue Brontosaurus and any other toy got in common? Answer: They can all go on a massive adventure together in “Your Toys”. The exceptional Slot Machine Theatre bring their puppetry skills to a show like no other – one that features your very own toys! A heartwarming story about friends pulling together, Your Toys is funny, full of music and surprises, and will send you home with a huge smile on your face. It’s an anthem to creative play and silliness, and is back this autumn due to popular demand. Adults and children alike are invited to bring a toy and watch it join in the rumpus. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-9yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown

Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th November 2018

Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were babes in the wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds! When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Dick Whittington

Saturday 17th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019

Dick Whittington LyricThis year Dick Whittington will be getting the full Lyric treatment. You can expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour chucked in for good measure. The 10th Anniversary year of the Lyric Hammersmith Pantomime. Running time 120 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

The Exchange, Twickenham – Little Goats

Sunday 18th November 2018

“Across a bridge made of wood, There was a land full of food, Three Billy Goats needed grass to chew, But something lurked beneath their hooves…” The classic children’s tale of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ is retold in this interactive show. Featuring Puppets, Music and Mayhem come and join Billy, Goatee and Baby G as they try to get past the Big Bad Troll. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Taking Flight

Sunday 18th November 2018

Taking Flight chronicles the adventures of a young person who goes on an incredible journey away from home. Armed with only a backpack of favourite items, the child’s most treasured possessions help in some surprising and creative ways, to overcome many barriers along the way. The story intriguingly and inventively is told via the use of minimal storytelling, a pen, a pad of paper and a global soundtrack, mapping the journey, evoking different landscapes and endowing its audience with a profound sense of what it is to be human and to have a place to call ‘home.’ Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Wednesday 21st November to Sunday 30th December 2018

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.

Saturday 24th November 2018

This is a brand new, family-fun-filled show from Harry Hill the star of ITV’s Alien Fun Capsule and TV Burp and the voice of You’ve Been Framed. This show is jam packed with laughs and ties in with the release of Matt Millz Stands Up, the sequel to Harry’s critically lauded kids’ book, Matt Millz, about the world’s youngest comedian who dreams of making it big. This show will offer hints, tips and anecdotes for children who fancy themselves as a bit of a comic, with the self-styled floppy collared loon Harry Hill on hand to run through his dos and don’ts, as well as offering kids the chance to try out their comedy skills. So kids – bring your best jokes! And if you’re sitting near the front, bring your umbrella! Expect big laughs, practical tips and bucket loads of water silliness. Running time TBC. Recommended 6-16yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Luna

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 2018

A magical first time theatre experience about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark for 2-5 year olds and their families. Luna is bored up in the sky with no-one to play with. Although she is surrounded by stars, they never quite understand her – it’s very lonely being the only moon. One night, as she’s racing among the stars, she spots a young boy hiding from the shadows in his bedroom. Billy and his favourite toy, Pig, don’t like dark and do all they can to distract themselves from the scary shadows. Luna decides to slide down from the sky to make friends with Billy. Together they go on a wondrous adventure of LIGHT and DARK to help him overcome his fear of the night time. With original live music this captivating play about friendship and bravery is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Barnes Community Players (Kitson Hall) – Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday 27th November 2018 to Saturday 1st December 2018

The Barnes Community Players are back with this year’s sparkling pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. Great festive family entertainment! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – In The Winter Wood

Thursday 29th November 2018 to Sunday 17th February 2019

In The Winter WoodSnow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were babes in the wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds! When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Big Enormous Present

Sunday 2nd December 2018

It’s big, it’s huge, it’s…….ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? Find out in this 50 minute play for the age range 3-8. The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Hansel & Gretel

Thursday 6th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019

Hansel & GretelLife is good in the little town of Freiburg. Somehow it has escaped the Great Famine laying blight to its neighbours. It has the highest of walls, the most bountiful of harvests and holds the biggest of parties. And everyone loves the town’s mayor. When young Hansel and Gretel are offered a trip to the city, with promises of a brighter future, little do they know of what awaits them in the forest… or realise how the sweet old lady at the gingerbread house might control their fate. Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch’s Curse. And all in time for Christmas! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Misfits Farm

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 2018

Misfits Rescue Farm is a place of fun and laughter – but the animals’ world is about to fall apart. When scientists arrive, looking for test subjects for their new ‘cosmetic’, the creatures face a threat they could never have imagined. If they can’t defend their home, they must run. But an insecure baboon is tempted by the promise of beauty… Running time 1 hour 40 minutes (including interval). Recommended 6-13yrs.

Hampton Hill Theatre – Dick Whittington

Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th December

Book early for a wonderfully witty world premiere, packed with punch, puns, pies and panache!  Will Dick find fame and fortune in old London Town?  Can Tommy rid Morocco of those wicked rats?  Will it all end happily?   You know the answers, but you’ll still adore the experience.  Forget 2018 – it’s behind you!  The whole family will love the traditional thigh-slapping, cross-dressing, no-messing tale, told with a topical, tropical twist… Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Hounslow Arts Centre – Robin Hood, The Pantomime

Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th December 2018

Robin HoodJoin the legendary tights-wearing hero for a swashbuckling, arrow-slinging comedy adventure! Robin Hood, the prince of thieves, is on a mission with his merry band of men to get robbin’ the rich to feed the poor. Along the way, he meets a strong-willed Maid Marion, and they must undertake a quest to save the poor people of Nottingham from the evil Sherriff who is plotting to steal the crown. Will they save the day? The 2018 pantomime promises to be packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation. And remember, why did Robin steal from the rich?….because the poor didn’t have anything worth stealing. Running time TBC. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Heart Of Winter

Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th December 2018

Heart Of WinterChristmas is coming and Sally can’t sleep – it’s far too hot! The weather has gone topsy-turvy. No-one can remember the last time it snowed, or even rained, and her father can’t sell any of his umbrellas. To help her sleep Dad reads her a story about the last snowflake. That night Sally has a dream that changes everything – a mysterious silver spark transforms her bedroom into a glistening, white field where she meets the glowing heart of Winter. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Peter Pan

Saturday 8th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019

Peter PanJoin high-flying hero, Peter Pan, as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget, filled with evil pirates, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook played by BAFTA, Tony Award and two-time Olivier Award-winner Robert Lindsay in his first pantomime debut! Joining Robert will be comedy impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Jon Clegg as Mr Smee, West End star Rachel Stanley as the Magical Mermaid, and Harry Francis  as the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan. With tickets soaring out of the Box Office, audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to embark on the Jolly Roger and set sail for this year’s sensational, swashbuckling show. Running time TBC. Recommended 3+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Christmas Crocodile

Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th December 2018

A brand new Christmassy adventure from the team who brought you The Three Little Christmas Pigs and The Forgotten Christmas Elf, The Christmas Crocodile tells the tale of Clara, her young family, and how a local legend was born with a little bit of Christmas Magic….and a Crocodile! During World War 1 Sopwiths, the local aircraft factory, employed thousands of women to help make planes. But once the guns fell silent, the demand for aircraft fell and the women found themselves out of work.  Local legend has it that a group of these women didn’t want to return to the kitchen sink, so instead, they took the offcuts of wood left over from making the planes and created a pull along toy known as The Kingston Crocodile. The toys were then sold in Bentalls during Christmas 1919, marketed as “The Newest and Cleverest Mechanical Toy Ever Invented!” The Christmas Crocodile takes this legend and turns it into a magical story for little ones to enjoy. We follow Clara and her young family as they navigate their way into peacetime with a big dollop of Christmas magic, a Crocodile that comes to life and most of all, their love for one another. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – Can’t Wait For Christmas

Friday 14th December to Saturday 5th January 2019

Can't Wait For ChristmasJessie’s dad has brought her a lovely little present. It’s all wrapped up, and tied with a beautiful bow. She can’t wait to open it, but she isn’t allowed to until Christmas day. Jessie shakes it and sniffs it and tries to sneak a peek, but Dad puts it just out of her reach and keeps a close eye on it.Instead, he suggests she opens her advent calendar to keep her occupied. She opens the first window and… Join in Jessie’s countdown to Christmas as she delights in all the festive treats that appear behind her advent calendar windows. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Sleeping Beauty

Saturday 15th to Saturday 22nd December 2018

The OSO Panto is back again! Last year we sold out so book early to avoid missing this essential part of the Christmas calendar. Be prepared to laugh, boo, sing and most of all fill yourself up with that warm festive feeling. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

The Exchange, Twickenham – Goldilocks & The Three Polar Bears

Sunday 22nd December 2018

The classic tale of “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” is transported from deep in the forest to an icy wonderland. Goldilocks is given a beautiful Christmas gift, but when she loses it outside her home her adventures begin. Join the journey of friendship and snowflakes animated live with fantastic puppets that’s fun for all the family! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Goldilocks & The Three Polar Bears

Saturday 29th December 2018

The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three 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 polar bears return… Join the journey of friendship and snowflakes animated live with fantastic puppets that’s fun for all the family! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.


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