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Top 12 children's theatres in London

Discover some of the best London theatres to visit with kids.

Creative, inclusive, educational and most of all fun: there's nothing quite like a trip to the London theatre.

The capital has some of the world's best dedicated theatres for kids, as well as other fantastic venues which host children's shows throughout the year.

Check out the top shows for kids and head to one of these family-friendly theatres in London. 

1. The Albany

The Albany. Image courtesy of The Albany.
The Albany. Image courtesy of The Albany.

Keep the kids entertained with circus, spoken word, dance and family shows at The Albany in Deptford. A London theatre at the heart of its community, it also has a welcoming cafe and child-friendly patio garden.

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2. Artsdepot

Artsdepot is a cultural hub that regularly hosts children's events and has won awards for its family-friendly work. See a range of children’s theatre shows, or let the little ones enjoy the play area and kids’ activities, including messy play and yoga.

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3. Chickenshed

Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company that creates fun-filled productions for all ages. Enjoy an excellent programme of children’s entertainment, from interactive workshops to family-friendly shows.

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4. Colour House Theatre

Discover the Colour House Theatre, located close to the riverside in Merton Abbey Mills. This venue is well-known for its brilliant family theatre shows, having built a reputation for musical adaptations of fairytales.

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5. Half Moon

Half Moon Theatre. Image courtesy of Half Moon Theatre.
Half Moon Theatre. Image courtesy of Half Moon Theatre.

Half Moon shares the magic of theatre with young audiences in London, as one of the UK’s leading creators of small-scale theatre for children. Visitors can also bring along their own picnic to enjoy in the foyer, before or after the performance. 

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6. Jacksons Lane

Housed in an imaginatively converted Edwardian church in Highgate, Jacksons Lane arts centre has a strong programme of children's theatre and welcomes touring companies from all over the world. It is also well-known for producing and promoting contemporary circus work. Read More

7. Little Angel Theatre

Head to the Little Angel Theatre to see its team of puppeteers perform magical marionette shows. Established in 1961, the theatre stands next to the workshop where puppets and productions are developed. Little ones can even take part in puppet-making workshops and school holiday clubs at the nearby Little Angel Studios.

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8. Lyric Hammersmith

Visit the Lyric Hammersmith on Saturday mornings or during the school holidays to enjoy some of the finest children’s shows in London. The venue’s Little Lyric programme is aimed at kids aged from two to 11 years old.

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9. Polka Theatre

Polka Theatre. Image courtesy of Polka Theatre.
Polka Theatre. Image courtesy of Polka Theatre.

The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon is dedicated to presenting theatre to young audiences. This child-friendly venue offers a range of exciting productions, from comedy shows to classic stories. Kids can also have fun in its playground, cafe, garden and toy-filled foyer.

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10. Puppet Theatre Barge

Explore the waterways of London and you might find the Puppet Theatre Barge, a moving theatre housed in a boat. The theatre presents marionette and rod puppet shows throughout the year, spending the winter in Little Venice and the summer in Richmond.

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11. Rose Theatre Kingston

Rose Theatre Kingston. Image courtesy of Rose Theatre Kingston.
Rose Theatre Kingston. Image courtesy of Rose Theatre Kingston.
The Rose Theatre Kingston has earned a reputation for staging fantastic family performances. When it’s not showing its own productions, you can see some of the best touring children’s theatre shows. Read More

12. Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre. Image courtesy of the Unicorn Theatre.
The Unicorn Theatre. Image courtesy of the Unicorn Theatre.

Pay a visit to London Bridge's Unicorn Theatre and experience one of the coolest theatres for kids in London. This state-of-the-art venue welcomes more than 60,000 children each year to see productions that often push the boundaries of theatre for young people.

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