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Top London shows and musicals for kids

Inspire a lifelong love of theatre by taking your children to these top London shows for kids.

The capital hosts a variety of exciting plays, musicals and pantomimes to keep your little ones entertained.

Make sure to check age restrictions for each show, as many West End theatres don't permit toddlers or babies.

Take a look below for our pick of some of the very best family-friendly shows. Plus, check out the top children's London theatres or more things to do in London with kids

1. The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Enjoy songs such as Circle Of Life. Image courtesy of Disney The Lion King.
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. Recommended for ages six and above. Children under the age of three are not permitted.  Read More
Prices from £43.05 Book now

2. Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop PR.
Disney Theatrical Productions brings the magical world of Agrabah to Prince Edward Theatre with its sensational musical, Aladdin. Based on the much-loved animated classic, children will love hearing their favourite Disney tunes and seeing a real flying carpet! Recommended for ages six and above. Children under the age of three are not permitted.  Read More
Prices from £30.75 Book now

3. Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
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. Recommended for ages seven and above. Children under the age of three are not permitted.  Read More
Prices from £26.18 Book now

4. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Audiences, both young and old, will love the familiar music of one of the first pop super groups in Mamma Mia!. The ultimate feel-good show. Children under the age of five are not permitted.  Read More
Prices from £30.75 Book now

5. Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre

Thriller – Live at the Lyric Theatre
See Thriller – Live, a musical tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. The show joins London's West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe. Get the kids dancing away to the king of pop's classics. Children under the age of five are not permitted.  Read More
Prices from £35.70 Book now

6. Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop.

Be wowed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi-award-winning production of Matilda The MusicalRoald Dahl's celebrated story bursts into life in this West End musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the little girl with an extraordinary imagination. 

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7. School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre

The cast of School of Rock with Gary Trainor. Image: Tristram Kenton
Rock out with this award-winning musical at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre). Based on the 2003 smash-hit movie, School of Rock follows the side-splitting story of Dewey Finn and his quest to transform a class of A-grade students into the ultimate rock group. But will they make it to the Battle of the Bands? Recommended for ages five and above.  Read More
Prices from £18.45 Book now

8. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

Chuckle along to the Comedy About a Bank Robbery with the whole family. Created by the award-winning Mischief Theatre, the side-splitting show tells the tale of a bunch of incompetent crooks who attempt to steal a priceless diamond... with hilariously chaotic consequences. Recommended for ages 11 and above. 

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Prices from £11.90 Book now

9. Snow White at the London Palladium

Snow White at the London Palladium. Image courtesy of Premier PR
Snow White at the London Palladium. Image courtesy of Premier PR.
Find out who really is the "fairest in the land" with all-star pantomime Snow White. After taking refuge with seven dwarves, can Snow White be saved or will the Wicked Queen get to her first? Recommended for ages three and above. Children under the age of three are not permitted. Read More
Prices from £24.60 Book now

10. The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre; The Snowman. Photo Herbie Knott. Image courtesy of Sadler's Wells.
Experience the enchanting world of a boy and his frosty friend in The Snowman. You can join their magical journey through a winter wonderland to meet Father Christmas. This festive show is filled with dancing and music, including iconic song Walking in the Air. Suitable for all ages. Read More
Prices from £43.70 Book now

11. Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at The O2

Disney characters on the ice at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at the O2 Arena
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at the O2. Image courtesy of Instinct PR.
Say hello to your favourite Disney characters including Moana, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella, Ariel and Belle in the spectacular Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Expect breathtaking jumps and twirls on the ice, plus a singalong soundtrack. Suitable for all ages. Read More

12. Room on the Broom at the Lyric Theatre

A puppet bird, frog and dog sit around a smoking cauldron with actors dressed as a witch and a cat.
Room on the Broom Live at the Lyric Theatre. Image courtesy of Raw PR.
Join a witch, her cat and more loveable animals in Room on the Broom. Adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-selling book, this family-friendly Christmas show features incredible puppetry and catchy songs. Recommended for ages three and above. Read More

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