Top 22 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.

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. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King will dazzle all ages. Booking until Jan 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 incredible 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 that you've not been told the whole story about the land of Oz. Booking until Nov 2015

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Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre

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A tribute to the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Thriller – Live is now on in London's West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe. Thriller – Live celebrates the career of the world's undisputed King of Pop with two hours of non-stop hits. Booking until Sep 2015

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Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre

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The acclaimed adaptation of the popular British film, Billy Elliot: The Musical features music by Elton John and is directed by Stephen Daldry. It's the moving story of a working class boy who falls in love with ballet and fights to prove his doubters wrong. Booking until Dec 2015 Read More

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 music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Booking until April 2016

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Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda The Musical is now playing in London's West End. Roald Dahl's much-loved story bursts into life on stage 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 May 2016

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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 Jun 2016

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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 Jan 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 in London's West End. Book your tickets now to be transported into an historic wartime fantasy tale by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company at the New London Theatre. Booking until Feb 2016

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Cats the Musical at the London Palladium

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Book a ticket for Cats at the London Palladium for a chance to enjoy the return of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest musicals. The multi-award-winning global hit that first captured imaginations back in 1981 returns to the West End stage with old favourites and updated songs. Booking until 19 Dec

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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 at the National (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 Feb 2016

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The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

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Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories' magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo, based on the award-winning picture book by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler. Let your imagination run wild! Until 6 Sep

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Aliens Love Underpants at Dominion Theatre

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For family fun that's truly out of this world, book a date with Aliens Love Underpants at the Dominion Theatre. Based on the madcap book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, look out for great tunes, puppets, dazzling special effects and zany action sequences in this energetic new production. Until 5 Sep

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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 20 Feb Read More

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part 3 at the Garrick Theatre

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain is back with a brand new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britain's barmy past. Book now to see the latest installment of this hugely popular family show live on stage at London's Garrick Theatre. Until 5 Sep

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Lord of the Flies at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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Book tickets to Lord of the Flies at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for the chance to experience William Golding's influential work in a unique and atmospheric setting. An alarming tale of how a paradise can quickly be lost, this dystopian tale will challenge audiences to question their values. 3-12 Sep Read More

The Three Little Pigs at Palace Theatre

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Catch a hilariously cartoonish take on a classic children's story as the fable of The Three Little Pigs arrives on stage at the Palace Theatre. Starring Simon Webbe (from the band Blue) as Wolf, this bright and breezy show is aimed at little ones and parents alike. Until 6 Sep

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I Believe in Unicorns at the Vaudeville Theatre

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This wonderful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's story is about the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Don't be surprised if you too believe in unicorns after Tomas's spellbinding journey! 8-31 Aug

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Hetty Feather at Duke of York's Theatre

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Adapted from best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson's novel, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought to life on stage at the Duke of York's Theatre this summer. With original score and dazzling aerial displays, this charming new kids show is perfect for children aged seven and over. Until 6 Sep Read More

Slava's Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall

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Internationally-acclaimed spectacle Slava's Snowshow returns to London's Royal Festival Hall for a sensational fifth year. Suitable for everyone aged eight and over, the award-winning show combines theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle, with a dazzling finale that needs to be experienced first-hand. 16 Dec-3 Jan Read More

Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre

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Based on the Will Ferrell film, Elf is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan raised in the North Pole. The perfect festive show, Elf The Musical follows Buddy as he embarks on a journey to find his father, discover his true identity, and help the world remember the meaning of Christmas. 24 Oct-2 Jan

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