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 11th March 2019.

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

 

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Animals & Children Took To The Streets

Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 16th March 2019

Like a graphic novel burst into life, a theatrical journey of startling originality. Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed. In the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Running time 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval). Recommended 10+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Boy Who Wanted To Fly

Saturday 16th March 2019

Join Billy, and family performance specialists Rhubarb Theatre on their latest quest as they discover the healing power of stories and try to prove that laughter is the best medicine! Billy is poorly. He’s stuck in a hospital room and it’s miserable! But all that’s about to change. When a cool hospital porter comes swinging by with his trolley of books, he leaves a tattered old tome on Billy’s bed. Little does Billy know that the book is his ticket to a whole world of adventure! Pulled into the pages, he’ll be transported far from his bed into strange new worlds and make the journey of a lifetime. Running time 1 hour. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Kid Carpet’s Noisy Holiday

Sunday 17th March 2019

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This lively show contains a mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry and animation. Hot new tracks from Kid Carpet include; “Rollercoaster”, “Swimming with the Fishes” and “Get in the Car”. A ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Tom Gates Live On Stage!

Wednesday 20th March to Sunday 24th March 2019

Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he’s got three sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won’t let him go on the school trip! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom’s annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Even Amy Porter (who’s smart) won’t talk to him! Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? Will his grandparents the Fossils ever make something he can actually eat? This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family whether you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends! Running time 2 hours 5 minutes (including interval). Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Tin Soldier

Saturday 23rd March 2019

When a toy tin soldier falls in love with a music box ballerina, a jealous toy goblin throws the soldier out of the playroom window. The tin soldier sets off on an adventure to get back to his ballerina. Will he make it back, or will the jealous goblin ruin his chance of happiness? Told through a blend of wonderful puppetry, multimedia and live music. Running time 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended 1-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Selfish Giant

Sunday 24th March 2019

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Bristol’s two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes. Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside the towering walls of her enormous garden, the world has been changing and there is very little green left. One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever. Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Hampton Hill Theatre – Aladdin Jnr

Friday 29th March 2019 to Monday 1st April 2019

Presented by Dramacube Productions, Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy-Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway and West End show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for family audiences. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Watermans, Brentford – CC4K Mother’s Day Special

Sunday 31st March 2019

Watermans welcomes back the ever popular Comedy Club 4 Kids, featuring the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the comedy circuit. Join us for a special Mother’s Day show headlined by trickster George Egg and guests doing their thing for an audience of children and their families…but without the rude bits! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Hampton Hill Theatre – Ellie & Starlight

Thursday 4th April 2019 to Saturday 6th April 2019

Presented by Dramacube Productions, Ellie & Starlight the Musical is a heart-warming tale of a strong willed little Yupik Eskimo girl called Ellie and her best friend Starlight, a polar bear. One day Ellie notices that something very strange is happening to her Eskimo house. As she attempts to uncover the mystery, the problem worsens but her pleas for help go unnoticed. So, with the strength and wisdom of her best friend Starlight, she decides to travel across the Arctic wilderness to seek the help of the village Elders. Finding out that the village is in real danger, Ellie finally convinces her family of the threat. But this is the start of the big melt and Ellie needs your help now! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Hammond Theatre, Hampton – Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown

Saturday 6th April 2019

Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood.  Bought up by their hardworking Mother to be kind, caring and forest fluent. When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins.  But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows?  Why is there sadness in his eyes?  And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping in to? All questions will be answered by Professor of Gnomology – Andromedus Silverbeard –  using puppets, storytelling, and original music. Running time TBC. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Mole & Gecko: The Show

Sunday 7th April 2019

Mole and Gecko is an interactive rap musical that you (the audience) help create. There will be live songs, rap stories, and instant poems as our heroes find out that what they thought they were searching for, might be less important than what they find along the way. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Cat In The Hat

Wednesday 10th April to Sunday 21st April 2019

The Cat In The HatWhen the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way? Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hatfeatures feline frivolity aplenty, with his acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes, which have delighted children for over fifty years, and infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups. Running time 90 minutes (including interval). Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Out Of The Hat!

Saturday 13th April 2019

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show. But will the conjuring trick work and will anything ever come out of the hat? Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Mystery Of Memory Lane OR The Puppy Dog’s Tale

Sunday 14th April 2019

This warm and nostalgic show is based around a Bric-a-Brac market stall where Mr Shabby and Mrs Chic try to teach a new dog old tricks in an attempt to solve the Mystery of Memory Lane. Help them find where Puppet Dog Toby belongs, as they tell stories and sing songs using tin toys, hand-carved marionettes, seaside Punch and Judy puppets and vintage musical instruments. A chance to remember forgotten fun and make new memories! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Three Billy Pigs

Saturday 20th April 2019

Once upon a time there were three little pigs, and now it is time for them to leave home. They set off to build their dream houses. But then these homes are put to the test by a misunderstood wolf who has a little bit of a problem. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Baby Special: Glisten

Friday 25th April 2019

Glisten is an interactive performance for babies and their grown-ups taking them on a gentle immersive journey filing an empty space with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 0-18 months.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Hansel & Gretel

Saturday 27th April 2019

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your tastebuds. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Hansel & Gretel

Sunday 28th April 2019

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. A tasty treat, a sticky sweet – some children’s feet? Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your taste-buds. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Romeo & Juliet

Saturday 4th May 2019

Cheer as Romeo and his bearded beloved meet. Celebrate as they marry and reunite their warring families. Guffaw as all the while our four highly-strung performers squabble, bicker and strive to have the last laugh. Enemies. Balconies. Sausage rolls?! Shakespeare’s epic tale’s been ‘rubbished!’ Sporting a national reputation – from Edinburgh Festival Fringe, work with the RSC and national school tours – this all-male, all-silly troupe present an hour of multi-rolling, wigs, and floppy swords. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 4-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Story Game

Sunday 5th May 2019

Today he’s going to tell you a story – but he has no idea what it is. No title, no characters, not a single word in his head. Instead, with your help, he’ll be playing The Story Game, creating a hysterically funny, wildly creative story from a handful of words, a roll of the dice and his own roller coaster imagination. If you’ve ever wondered where writers get their ideas from, now’s your chance to find out – and once you’ve seen him in action, you’ll be inspired to use his simple, practical methods to play the Game yourself and make up your own madcap stories! Running time TBC. Recommended 6+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Saturday 11th May 2019

The simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentle ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish. Garlic Theatre create a magical world to entrance and delight a young audience.  With puppets, live music, storytelling and singing. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Egg & Spoon

Saturday 18th May 2019

The very young won’t sit still to watch a show and we don’t expect them to. Join us for an interactive romp through the seasons opening all the gifts of nature, and a gentle introduction to the magic of theatre. Percy and April get you settled on our comfortable cushions and introduce you to Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg. We have to wait till Spring if we want to see him so it’s time to begin our hands-on journey through the year. We’ll 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 45 minutes. Recommended 1-5yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Ensonglopeia Of Animals

Saturday 25th May 2019

John has written an animal song for each letter of the alphabet. Get to grips with fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty birds and amazing arachnids. Don’t expect songs about fluffy bunnies, pandas or giraffes – expect to find out about animals you’ve never even heard of. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. Running time 65 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Flying Bath

Tuesday 28th May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019

Flying Bath When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency and they’re always back for bath time at the end of the day. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 2-6yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Gruffalo

Wednesday 29th May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019

gruffaloA mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood… Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!  Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

 

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