children's theatre listings

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 20th February 2018.

 

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – How To Be A Kid

Thursday 25th January to Saturday 3rd March 2018

How To Be A KidMolly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn’t feel much like a kid anymore. Now Molly’s Mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal. Can you help Molly learn how to be a kid again? Join Molly, Joe and her Nan for a larger than life story of family, friends and fitting in. Warning: Contains dancing, chocolate cake and an epic car chase. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 7+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Tidy Up

Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018

A very tidy dance-theatre show that gets messed up! Inspired by children’s logic to creating order and patterns, Tidy Up invites you to an unforgettable party where orderliness becomes exciting for children; and chaos becomes joyful for parents. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Grandad’s Island

Thursday 22nd February to Sunday 4th March 2018

Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad. And Grandad’s favourite person is Syd. Join the intrepid duo as they head off on a heart-warming adventure filled with songs, laughter and jungles that will change their lives forever… Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Yana & The Yeti

Saturday 24th February 2018

A tale of a young girl’s struggle for acceptance, and her discovery that friendship and love can come from most unexpected encounter. Imagine being far, far from home and all alone, arriving in a remote snow-bound village surrounded by dense forest and strange noises. This is how Yana’s story begins. She can’t understand a word anyone says and the other children tease her with tales of mythical mountain monsters. Then things start to get really hairy… Featuring exquisite music, arctic landscapes and a cast of extraordinary puppets, Yana and the Yeti is aimed at family audiences. This is a dark, funny and poignant tale of a small child’s determination to be understood and her discovery that friends can come in the most unexpected shapes and sizes. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children

Sunday 25th February 2018

As heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, and as seen on The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. The multi award-winning musical comedian is back with charmingly sickable songs, stories, poems and a whole lot more for the whole family from small children to massive children (grown ups). Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Glisten

Wednesday 28th February to Sunday 4th March 2018

GlistenCome on a gentle and immersive journey exploring the world of reflective materials wrapped up in a soundscape of evocative yet laidback music. Watch as the theatre fills with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance is over. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 0-18mths.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Christopher’s Caterpillars

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Christopher Nibble and his best friend Posie have been busy growing plants and food in their garden whilst taking care of their six hairy pet caterpillars. But when their crawly comrades disappear without a trace the gardening guinea pigs swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn detective! Will Christopher and Posie crack the case and bring their caterpillars home to Dandeville… or have they vanished forever? Christopher’s Caterpillars is a bright and beautiful tale of minibeasts and mystery! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 2-7yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Una’s Jungle Jive Show

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Una Coello Guitar Girl is a children’s musician whose singalongs for babies, toddlers and young children introduce them to the joys of music, rhythm and rhyme. Una is delighted to return to the Rose with her JUNGLE JIVE show, featuring safari songs and rainforest rhythms for all the family!  Little ones are encouraged to dress up in their animal costumes and there will also be themed toys and props as well as a variety of percussion instruments on which to play along. Boogie on down and join the Jungle Jive!!! Running time 40 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Much Ado About Puffin

Sunday 4th March 2018

On a small island… In the middle of the big sea… A man meets a bird. Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing. Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown! Running time TBC. Recommended 4-8yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon

Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March 2018

Some pretty odd ideas are floating around Paul’s street. There’s Mabel, whose brother hides under a brown paper bag, and Clarence the poodle who thinks he can fly. But Paul has the oddest idea of all. He thinks that the moon is a big hole in the sky and he’s going to climb into it… Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Videk’s Shirt

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018

Videk is a small boy who is very friendly with all the animals in the countryside. One day the wind blows away his raggedy shirt and Videk gets very cold – but who can help him? Join Videk and his animal friends to learn how the sheep’s wool is made into a lovely new warm shirt. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Red Riding Hood & The Wolf

Saturday 10th March 2018

Time for bed. Tuck yourself in. This is where Robyn’s story begins. How can they expect her to sleep at a time like this? She takes a book and starts to read. But she can’t relate to Red Riding Hood, sugar and spice and all things nice. There are two sides to every tale, and that is not how this one goes! What if the Big Bad Wolf wasn’t big or bad at all? What if they got it wrong? Robyn wants to tell you what really happened through a world of homemade make-believe. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-7yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Finders Keepers

Sunday 11th March 2018

On a small island… In the middle of the big sea… A man meets a bird. Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing. Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown! Running time 65 minutes. Recommended 4-8yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Steadfast Soldier

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March 2018

The tale of a resilient one legged toy soldier and his extraordinary adventures out in the world. This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story uses puppetry, projected animations, music and shadow play for a unique theatrical experience. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Grandad’s Island

Saturday 17th March 2018

Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad. And Grandad’s favourite person is Syd. Join the intrepid duo as they head off on a heart-warming adventure filled with songs, laughter and jungles that will change their lives forever… Benji Davies’s award-winning book is brought magically and sensitively to life by the team behind Flat Stanley and Red Riding Hood. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Comedy Club 4 Kids

Sunday 18th March 2018

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the comedy circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club but it’s on during the day, kids are in the audience, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 13th May 2018

Chocolate CakeFollow the adventures of two brothers and the night-time disappearance of a chocolate cake in this scrumptious new musical adaptation by the creators of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and How to Hide a Lion from Michael Rosen’s beloved poem Chocolate Cake, which has just been published as a picture book. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Little Mochi Man

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March 2018

It’s almost New Year and Little Mochi Man, tired of being bullied for being small, decides to run away. Join him on his adventures fromthe snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. With ‘origami’ puppets, animation and specially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-7yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – A Tiger’s Tale

Saturday 24th March 2018

Based on the extraordinary story of Fenella, the Holmfirth Tiger, A Tiger’s Tale is a high spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry, live music and song. From a circus train in South Africa, to a steamboat on the Atlantic Ocean and onward to West Yorkshire, a ramshackle travelling troupe tell us the unbelievable true story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub. Join Titch, Ma and Pa on their riotous adventure into a world where ‘all the best stories end with a surprise’. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Sagas Of Noggin The Nog

Sunday 25th March 2018

In the Lands of the North where the Black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, In the dark night that is very long, The Men of the Northlands sit around their Great log fires and they tell a tale . . . Of Noggin the Nog! Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we travel north on a journey of adventure and discovery, to battle against the fearsome ice dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad! Running time 110 minutes including interval. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – George’s Marvellous Medicine

Wednesday 28th March to Saturday 7th April 2018

George's Marvellous MedicineMost grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George’s Grandmother. George’s Grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do. But one day, when his parents leave him alone with the grizzly old grunion, George takes his chance and sets about creating a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure… Another hugely imaginative and entertaining stage adaptation, bursting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of frothbuggling family fun. Roald Dahl’s treasured tale brought to phizz-whizzing life! Running time 1 hour 30 minutes including interval. Recommended under 5+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st March 2018

A tale of bravery and mousey derring-do as Hickory goes into  the Big Wide World and meets Dickory the Town Mouse, and with the help of the audience, subdue Doc, the predatory cat. Two of Aesop’s Fable in one funny, musical and dramatic puppet play. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Much Ado About Puffin

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th April 2018

much ado about puffin squareTraverse stormy seas and reckless tides to encounter this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing. Using puppetry, beautiful music, and good old fashioned storytelling, this delightful show is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown! Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Sourpuss

Sunday 8th April 2018

Sourpuss is a very grumpy, ginger cat. When shut out of the house he feels lost and confused, but the beautiful garden soon intrigues him. Watch Sourpuss on his journey of discovery and enjoy learning the secrets of the great outdoors. From buzzing bees to a chirpy robin, stinky rubbish and vibrant flowers this visual show is a feast for little eyes. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Hammond Theatre, Hampton – Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales

Saturday 14th April

The perplexing question of fairytales… What really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends? Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods? How did the goats overcome a mighty troll? These questions are explored and explained by the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you’ve left the theatre. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Perfect

Saturday 14th April 2018

The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with stunning puppetry, original live music and physical theatre from the award-winning Tessa Bide. An imaginative retelling of the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, opening up the subject of disability for young audiences. Perfect is a remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Simon Mole In Friends For All

Sunday 15th April 2018

A story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. When being that little bit different can be a good thing after all… 8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her. Inspired by Grandad’s hippy stories from the swinging 60s, she decides to fight the powers that be, namely her class teacher, Mr Marsh, and the class bully, Suzy. Friends For All is an interactive spoken word performance for families, with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. It is a story about having the confidence to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Twinkle, Twinkle

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2018

There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the Puppy, whose bedtime songs and play-time with his Dad are the best part of his day. A beautiful adventure in music and light, featuring puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous score. Running time 30 minutes. Recommended 1-3yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – To The Moon

Saturday 21st April 2018

Join a princess like no other as she embarks on the biggest journey of her life – to the Moon! But how will she get there? A magical, playful and charmingly entertaining circus theatre show. With two performers and many more characters, this brilliantly comical story-telling performance uses an aerial rope, hoop and bags of imagination. Running time 30 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Penguin

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Long Nose Puppet’s show Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar. Ben is delighted when he rips open his present, inside is a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin says nothing…so Ben fires Penguin into OUTER SPACE, Penguin comes back to earth without a word! It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks…and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait. Penguin is exiting, surreal and full of surprises. The lively songs by Tom Gray of Gomez will have everyone joining in! Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 2-7yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Egg & Spoon

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April 2018

Join a romp through the seasons opening all the gifts of nature, and a gentle introduction to the magic of theatre. Meet Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg, 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 40 minutes. Recommended 1-5yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Me & My Bee

Saturday 28th April 2018

Climate change is massive. Bees Aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late… Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – John Hegley: All Hail The Snail & Other Creatures

Sunday 29th April 2018

A humorous journey through poems, songs and animal drawings. You’ve got no teeth. You’re underneath the roof that you carry around. You can write with your trail in the way of the snail in your delicate D.I.Y. home. Join poet John Hegley as he takes us on a humorous journey through his living library of poems, songs, stories and animal drawings. Enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of this mandolin playing muse and his hilarious struggle with words as they threaten to twist and turn out of his grasp. The bespectacled author of 13 books is widely known as one of the country’s most innovative comic artists and this children’s show will delight adults and young people alike with its chaotic comedy, bewitching poems, plus the extra bonus of a special guest musician. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 7-11yrs.

 

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