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!

Latest update 9th October 2017.


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Child Of The Divide

Friday 29th September to Sunday 15th October 2017

CHild-of-the-DivideSummer 1947 and 16 million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the upheaval young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever. Taken in by a Muslim family, he is given a new name, a new faith and a new life. But when his real father returns to claim him, Pali must decide who he is: the Hindu boy he was born to be, the Muslim boy he has become, or simply a child of the divide. Marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, we’re delighted to welcome back this compelling and timely play that premiered at Polka in 2006. Running time TBC. Recommended 7-14yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th October 2017

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatX-Factor winner Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat! Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. Running time 2 hours 5 minutes. Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Wind In The Willows

Saturday 14th October 2017

From the peaceful pleasures of the river bank to the fearful frights of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad. A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic by award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup, Wind in the Willows features handmade puppets and a charming original score. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Una Guitar Girl: Spooky Autumn Singalong

Saturday 14th October 2017

Úna returns with more terrifying tunes for your little ghouls and boys! Little ones are encouraged to dress up in their Hallowe’en costumes and join in the spooky fun! Themed toys and props will be available, along with the chance to play with a variety of percussion instruments. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Sunday Story Sessions: Moyses Dos Santos

Sunday 15th October 2017

Enjoy interactive stories and music from Brazil and South America, performed live on stage by world-class musician, Moyses Dos Santos and friends. All proceeds will go to support Polka’s outreach work within the local community. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Magic Fish

Sunday 15th October 2017
A classic Indian tale retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for young thinking minds. Vishnu, one of India’s shape-shifting Supergods, wakes up after sleeping for thousands of years to find a greedy demon called No-Knowledge has taken earth’s most precious treasures for himself. Enlisting the help of King Manu to save the essentials for life, Vishnu changes his form into something quite unexpected! In this interactive performance, boys and girls are invited to join King Manu’s adventure in a new production to enchant all children. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5-9yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Around The World In Eighty Days

Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd October 2017

Around The World In Eighty DaysThe mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. A hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant! Running time TBC. Recommended under 7+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – My Brother, My Sister And Me

Wednesday 18th October 2017 to Sunday 11th February 2018

My Brother My Sister and MeWith a new baby in the family, a little sister has to move in with her big brother. She’s got used to the idea but her brother and Gecko, his constant companion, are really not keen. Especially when she starts to unpack her very large collection of hats! But they both soon realise that sharing isn’t all bad as their fights and frustrations turn into games and giggles, and their room becomes a place of magic and mayhem, especially after lights out when they can tuck into midnight feasts and howl like snow wolves! Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Friends For All

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October 2017

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 and the class bully, Suzy. A humorous and moving performance with rapping, dancing and far-out video projections. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Sidney’s Shed

Saturday 21st October 2017

Maisie is running from the bullies and thinks she’s just found the perfect place to hide. But this is no ordinary shed and Sidney Waffles is no ordinary gardener… Inventor, explorer and winner of this year’s ‘Best-Veg-in-Show’, the potty flower-potter has made some rather unusual improvements to his allotment – Sidney has created the world’s first time travelling shed! Join Sidney and the bravest little girl in Windy-on-the-hill as they take a time-travelling journey to dig up the past and weed out the bullies! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Tidy Up

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017

The world can be a messy place – but as we try to organise our way through it we can discover things anew. A funny and vibrant journey through Peut-Être Theatre’s Tidy Up will investigate why some of us gravitate towards mess, whether anything can be ordered in the ‘right’ way – and how balloons can create pandemonium. Inspired by children’s logic to creating order, patterns and systems, Tidy Up invites you to an unforgettable party where orderliness becomes exciting for children; and chaos becomes joyful for parents. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – DOT

Tuesday 24th October 2017
Take a girl obsessed with keeping everything just so, add a boy who isn’t, add inspiration from artist Sol LeWitt, and you have the high-tech / lo-fi gem for children that is DOT. Blending a sequence of precise digital projections, the dancers’ bodies and a bespoke score, DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming.  It revolves around worlds of light, colour and imagination, revealing a choreographic playground of wonder and discovery. The performance at 2pm includes BSL (British Sign Language). Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Burglar Bill

Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th October 2017

Burglar BillWho’s that creeping down the street? Who’s that climbing up the wall? Who’s that coming through the window? Who’s that?…It’s Burglar Bill. Join Pied Piper Theatre Company in a fun and engaging stage adaptation of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s charming picture book, Burglar Bill. Capturing the spirit of the book, and with an exciting set featuring lots of windows to climb through, Burglar Bill and Burglar Betty tell this much loved story with the help of puppets, music, song and dance. Burglar Bill has delighted families for nearly forty years. Children aged three plus, and their parents and grandparents will love this show! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Hunting Of The Snark

Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th October 2017

Hunting Of The SnarkAll aboard! The ship is departing! All children, animals and silly people welcome! The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. This show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour. Running time 1 hour 10 minutes. Recommended 4+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – 3 Little Pigs

Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th October 2017
Building your own home is not as easy as it looks. For instance, what is the best material to use, will it be wind proof, will it be Wolf Proof!! There’s only one way to find out… 3 Little Pigs is chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills. It’s a real treat for everyone of all ages! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 2-7yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Little Red Riding Hood

Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th October 2017

A he-wolf and a girl, or a she-wolf and a boy? Both are possible! Join two performers as they retrace Red Riding Hood’s path in the shadowy woods, constantly swapping characters – as if playing a game. But of course, they are really vying to be The Wolf! Running time TBC. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington – Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales

Thursday 26th October 2017

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? All three stories 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 60 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Why The Whales Came

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th November 2017

Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious Birdman, but clues intrigue them. After being lost at sea and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets to learn why the whales came to the island. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 7-12yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Awful Auntie

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th November 2017

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Your Toys

Saturday 4th November 2017

Grown ups and children alike are invited to bring your favourite toy to the theatre and watch them come to life in this gigantic adventure, using a unique style of puppetry, original live music and quirky humour. A monstrous force rules the land. Only the bravest can defeat it. On this epic journey, we’re all in danger, and only the toys can save us – your toys. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-9yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Sunday 5th November 2017

There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window so beginning a perilous journey into the unknown… This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s poetic story uses light, projected animations and simple materials that are skilfully transformed through puppetry to create a theatrical experience that will engage and touch young hearts and minds. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Dream Factory

Saturday 11th November 2017

Following the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream, embark on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like… and even what they smell like! With breath-taking puppetry, enchanting storytelling and an exquisite musical score, immerse yourselves in our dream world. In a land where anything is possible, no imagination is too big. Not even yours. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-9yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Saturday 11th November 2017

Join Grandma and Grandpa Frog, who are planning a big surprise! Moulded Theatre present a playful interactive performance featuring Makaton. Suitable for complex needs audiences. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales

Sunday 12th November 2017

The Storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs?  What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props. It’s full of fun and laughter and has an exciting gypsy soundtrack that you won’t be able to stop singing long after the show has finished. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Snow Queen

Friday 17th November 2017 to Sunday 4th February 2018

Snow QueenKai and Gerda are best friends. Not brother and sister but as close as if they were. Together, with their friends, they reimagine the thrilling adventure of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter fairy-tale. Let your imagination soar as a dusty attic is transformed into the Snow Queen’s icy palace, and follow their epic journey of self-discovery, as they try to save Kai from the icy spell of the Snow  Queen’s cold kiss. Can Gerda melt his heart before he forgets her forever? Running time 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval). Recommended 5-11yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Jack & The Beanstalk

Saturday 18th November 2017 to Saturday 6th January 2018

Jack-and-the-BeanstalkPlenty of magic beans, a huge loveable cow, an enormous beanstalk, a gigantic giant and a massive adventure. This year’s panto looks set to be the biggest ever. Join The Lyric as Jack and the Beanstalk gets the full Lyric treatment with some crazy characters, live music, dancing, singing and loads of laughs. Running time TBC. Recommended 6+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Little Red Robin Hood

Sunday 19th November 2017

‘What big eyes you have….grandma’. Where Oh where has Little Red Riding Hood gone and can brave Robin Hood save the day? A merry mix up in the forest involving a missing Red Riding Hood,  false teeth and a frying pan. What is that  lurking behind the trees? Is it the Sheriff of Nottingham or the big bad wolf? A quirky version of the well loved tale of Little Red Riding Hood with beautifully crafted glove puppets, slapstick and generous helping of clowning and musical delights. Running time TBC. Recommended 4-9yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Wednesday 22nd November to Sunday 24th December 2017

Lyric Hammersmith Raymond Briggs Father ChristmasBack for another brilliant year. Join Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve. Watch as he prepares his Christmas deliveries, feeds his reindeer and finally takes flight into the snowy night. Full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. A perfect festive treat. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended under 6yrs.

Hammond Theatre, Hampton – The Snow Dragon

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November 2017

The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty of nice? Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Comedy Club 4 Kids Christmas Cracker

Sunday 26th November 2017

All the fun of Comedy Club 4 Kids with a Christmas twist. Expect the finest Christmas Cracker jokes, tinsel tomfoolery, festive funnies and even Santa doing stand-up! Starring Comedy Club 4 Kids’ regular host Ternan Douieb hims-elf, Howard Read of ‘Little Howard’ and CBBC fame, and a special guest – another of the comedy circuit’s finest. This show will be jam-packed with a whole heap of Christmas Comedy Fun to get you in the mood for the BIG DAY (you know, when the big red jolly guy comes down the chimney). Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Hare & Tortoise

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Ready? Steady? Go! But who’s the fastest; who’s the best? Who will finally win the race? Younger, fitter, faster Hare – tearing around, unable to wait – or slow and steady Tortoise – taking the time to look at the stars? Find out in this funny, tender, award-winning adaptation of the well-loved story as we journey through the seasons from bud-bursting spring to snow-falling winter in a tale of opposites, time and friendship, brimming with music, movement & colour. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Alice In Winterland

Thursday 7th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018

Alice In WinterlandAlice has always been brought up to believe in wonder but her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie… until she is visited by a White Rabbit and propelled on a quest to save Hinterland! Follow Alice to the magically curious world of Winterland, a world of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens, strong-minded dodos and friendly knights. A world inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock, a world that lies in the riffle of a pack of cards or in the lines across a chess board, where the impossible becomes possible… Running time 2 hours (including interval). Recommended under 5+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Three Little Christmas Pigs

Friday 8th to Saturday 9th December 2017

A brand new Christmassy adventure from the team who brought you The Forgotten Christmas Elf and Princess Island, The Three Little Christmas pigs tells the traditional tale of Piggy Straw, Piggy Sticks and Piggy Bricks. Join our three pigs as they embark on their adventures, building houses, running away from the big bad wolf and meeting a very special Christmassy friend.  After all, at Christmas time it’s not just Big Bad Wolves who come down the Chimney.  Full of singing, dancing, counting, phonics and madcap fun this interactive show will have little ones entranced, grown-ups in stitches and everyone feeling the magic of Christmas. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended TBC.

Hounslow Arts Centre – Dick Whittington

Friday 8th to Saturday 30th December 2017

The exciting pantomime adventure. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Hampton Hill Theatre – The Wind In The Willows

Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th December 2017

wind in the willowsWhen Toad’s latest craze lands him in prison the Weasels occupy Toad Hall and plan to turn it into a Leisure Centre… Will Toad escape to reclaim the ancestral home? Will Mole, Ratty and Badger forgive him and come to his aid? Will Albert the horse EVER cheer up?! This timeless English classic is given a festive, musical twist in Alan Bennett’s charming adaptation. A perfect Christmas treat! Poop Poop! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Richmond Theatre – Aladdin

Saturday 9th December 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018

AladdinJump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking and make tickets for this year’s spectacular Richmond Theatre pantomime Aladdin one of your three wishes. Follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey (panto legend Christopher Biggins), on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment. Aladdin features all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy. Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.

Watermans, Brentford – The Nutcracker & The Mouse King

Saturday 9th to Saturday 30th December 2017

Nutcracker & The Mouse KingOnce upon a time, on Christmas Eve… A young Prince is transformed into a wooden Nutcracker doll by the evil Mouse King’s curse. Can a brave little girl break the spell in time for them both to join the magnificent Christmas party in the magical Kingdom of Sweets This playful, pocket-sized production is a funny and modern adaptation of Hoffmann’s timeless tale. Combining storytelling, dance, and puppetry with original music, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s elegant ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, this seasonal classic is a must-see this Christmas time. The perfect Christmas treat the whole family can enjoy together! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – Kika’s Birthday

Wednesday 20th December 2017 to Saturday 6th January 2018

Kika's BirthdayKika, a little French mouse, is going to be 5 years old! Her family has planned a birthday surprise, with friends, songs and a grasshopper band. But who is that with his twitchy tail and shining eyes watching them closely? It’s the Bright Orange Cat. Will he join the party, make some new friends and share some birthday cake, or does he have something else in mind? A delightful interactive story, with puppetry, by award winning storyteller, Danyah Miller. Help this family of mice bake a special birthday cake for Kika and maybe you can even share a tiny piece of it with them all. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3+ years.

OSO Arts Centre, Barnes – Cinderella

Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd December 2017

Will our beautiful Cinderella get her Prince? Will there be terrible corny jokes? Will there be cross dressing? YOU BET! This year’s Panto will be bigger, better, funnier and with even uglier ugly sisters and more custard pies than before! There will be all new stock for Cinderella’s Market Place for the children to spend their Cinder Bucks on! Light up jewellery, funky pens, potty putty, face painting, and much more – ALL INCLUDED IN THE CHILDREN’S TICKET! Running time TBC. Recommended TBC.


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