Top London Shows for Kids

Inspire a life-long love of theatre by taking your children to top London shows for kids. The capital hosts lots of family-friendly shows which often involve audience participation and are shorter than regular productions – so your kids won't be expected to sit still for two hours!

Here's our pick of some of the best shows in town for kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a musical directed by Sam Mendes. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the peculiar Oompa-Loompas all feature in this spectacular musical show. Booking until Dec 2016

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The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

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The award-winning adaptation of Disney's The Lion King features music by Elton John, plus outstanding costumes and wonderful special effects. The Lion King will dazzle all ages with the evocative rhythms of Africa set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains. Booking until Jul 2016

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Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

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Take the whole family to see The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda The Musical. Roald Dahl's celebrated story bursts into life in this musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Booking until Dec 2016

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Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

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Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz and how one came to be called "good" and the other, "wicked". Experience this unforgettable, award-winning musical and discover the hidden story of Oz. Booking to Apr 2017

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The Railway Children at King's Cross Theatre

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Make tracks to the King's Cross Theatre for some classic family entertainment, as the stage version of the classic story, The Railway Children returns to a purpose-built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a train track and a 60-tonne steam locomotive. Booking until Apr 2016

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Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre

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Thriller – Live – a musical tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 – arrives in the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe. Celebrating the career of the world's undisputed King of Pop, expect two hours of non-stop hits. Booking until Sep 2016

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Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre

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Don't miss the acclaimed adaptation of the popular British film, Billy Elliot: The Musical, featuring music by Elton John. Directed by Stephen Daldry, this moving show tells the story of a working class boy who falls in love with ballet and fights to prove his doubters wrong. Until 9 Apr

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Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

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A mother; a daughter; three possible dads; and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. More than 10 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the ABBA songs that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Booking until Oct 2016

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre

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The latest in a stream of excellent adaptations to be staged in London (War Horse, Nation, His Dark Materials), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a darkly comic, moving tale told from one boy's unique perspective. Booking until Jun 2016

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War Horse at the New London Theatre

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The National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse is now playing at the New London Theatre. Book your tickets now to be transported into a historic wartime fantasy tale by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company. Booking until Feb 2016

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Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre

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Experience the uplifting big-screen hit Bend It Like Beckham, as it transfers to the stage at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the worldwide film success of the same name, this bright and breezy musical follows the much-loved on-screen tale but adds a few twists of its own. Until 5 Mar Read More