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 11th February 2019.


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Wind In The Willows

Friday 9th November 2018 to Sunday 17th February 2019

Wind In The Willows polka theatreWhen Mole abandons spring cleaning for the delights of the  riverbank, he has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. With Toad’s obsession for all things fast causing chaos (poop, poop!), it falls upon his friends Ratty, Mole and wise old Badger to save him. But that means coming face to face with the ferrets and weasels of the Wild Wood… In this delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery, this winter warmer will take you on a journey through the seasons. A wonderfully funny tale brought to life with music, songs and the usual Polka magic! Running time 2 hours (including interval). Recommended 5+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – In The Winter Wood

Thursday 29th November 2018 to Sunday 17th February 2019

In The Winter WoodSnow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were babes in the wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds! When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Zog

Thursday 14th February to Saturday 23rd February 2019

ZogLarge in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet – a duel with Gadabout the Great! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended all yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Amazing Thing

Saturday 16th February 2019

As I was walking down the beach, one bright and sunny day, I saw a great big wooden box, a-floating in the bay. I pulled it in and opened it up, and there to my surprise, I discovered a…?…?…? right before my eyes! Peter Grimm finds an Amazing Thing that has been locked in a box by his ancestors, a thing that takes Peter on an unusual journey through some well-known Brothers Grimm tales. Featuring live music and puppetry this is a fun and inspirational show for all the family. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – John Hinton’s Ensonglopedia Of Animals

Sunday 17th February 2019

Twenty-six animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Get to grips with fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty birds and amazing arachnids. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – If All The World Were Paper

Tuesday 19th February to Friday 22nd February 2019

If-all-the-world-were-paperA hilarious, poignant play about falling out, making up, and the joy of true friendship. Fred and Ted are best friends. They’ve been best friends a long, long time. But they don’t always see eye to eye. Today, they have a job to do…together, back in the playground where they once used to play as chldren, to paint the climbing frame. A slapstick, comedy show with plenty of Laurel and Hardy influences that is ideal for young audiences aged 3-8 years but with plenty to engage and delight older children, their parents and grandparents. One adventure playground. One big task. One friendship. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Big ENORMOUS Present

Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 23rd February 2019

The Big ENORMOUS PresentIt’s big, it’s huge, it’s… ENORMOUS! A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Animals & Children Took To The Streets

Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 16th March 2019

Like a graphic novel burst into life, a theatrical journey of startling originality. Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed. In the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side… and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Running time 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval). Recommended 10+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Boy & The Mermaid

Saturday 2nd March 2019

On the farthest edge of a wind-battered rock there sits a small fishing town. Sometimes it feels like the town is on the edge of the world. That’s mainly because it is. The Boy lives with his Grandma, forbidden from venturing beyond the shore, but the terrifying tales told of horrors in the deep only whet his appetite – he stares at the ocean and dreams. Can one unlikely friendship save the Town On The Sea from catastrophe? Join three abundantly bearded storytellers as they weave a fishy tale of musical merfolk, menacing monsters and spectacularly bad town planning. With live music, puppetry, a rapping octopus and a shifting set full of surprises – this enchanting show is fun for all the family. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – WOW! It’s Night-Time

Sunday 3rd March 2019

The curious little owl is back, and this time she’s ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you’ll soon see… Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Selfish Giant

Saturday 9th March 2019

Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever. Featuring powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction magic. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 5-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Sunday 10th March 2019

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults. Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made really fun, if you know how. Luckily Comedy Club 4 Kids specialise in making children laugh & Simple Politics specialise in making them understand how politics works in a clear, informative and fun way. So we’ve teamed up for a show that keeps you entertained, engaged and informed so you can also shout at the telly along with your parents during Question Time! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Boy Who Wanted To Fly

Saturday 16th March 2019

Join Billy, and family performance specialists Rhubarb Theatre on their latest quest as they discover the healing power of stories and try to prove that laughter is the best medicine! Billy is poorly. He’s stuck in a hospital room and it’s miserable! But all that’s about to change. When a cool hospital porter comes swinging by with his trolley of books, he leaves a tattered old tome on Billy’s bed. Little does Billy know that the book is his ticket to a whole world of adventure! Pulled into the pages, he’ll be transported far from his bed into strange new worlds and make the journey of a lifetime. Running time 1 hour. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Kid Carpet’s Noisy Holiday

Sunday 17th March 2019

The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This lively show contains a mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry and animation. Hot new tracks from Kid Carpet include; “Rollercoaster”, “Swimming with the Fishes” and “Get in the Car”. A ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Tom Gates Live On Stage!

Wednesday 20th March to Sunday 24th March 2019

Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he’s got three sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won’t let him go on the school trip! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom’s annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Even Amy Porter (who’s smart) won’t talk to him! Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework? Will his grandparents the Fossils ever make something he can actually eat? This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family whether you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends! Running time 2 hours 5 minutes (including interval). Recommended TBC.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Tin Soldier

Saturday 23rd March 2019

When a toy tin soldier falls in love with a music box ballerina, a jealous toy goblin throws the soldier out of the playroom window. The tin soldier sets off on an adventure to get back to his ballerina. Will he make it back, or will the jealous goblin ruin his chance of happiness? Told through a blend of wonderful puppetry, multimedia and live music. Running time 1 hour 15 minutes. Recommended 1-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Selfish Giant

Sunday 24th March 2019

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Bristol’s two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes. Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside the towering walls of her enormous garden, the world has been changing and there is very little green left. One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever. Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show. Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – CC4K Mother’s Day Special

Sunday 31st March 2019

Watermans welcomes back the ever popular Comedy Club 4 Kids, featuring the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the comedy circuit. Join us for a special Mother’s Day show headlined by trickster George Egg and guests doing their thing for an audience of children and their families…but without the rude bits! Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 6+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Mole & Gecko: The Show

Sunday 7th April 2019

Mole and Gecko is an interactive rap musical that you (the audience) help create. There will be live songs, rap stories, and instant poems as our heroes find out that what they thought they were searching for, might be less important than what they find along the way. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 5+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Cat In The Hat

Wednesday 10th April to Sunday 21st April 2019

The Cat In The HatWhen the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way? Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hatfeatures feline frivolity aplenty, with his acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes, which have delighted children for over fifty years, and infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups. Running time 90 minutes (including interval). Recommended 3+yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Out Of The Hat!

Saturday 13th April 2019

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show. But will the conjuring trick work and will anything ever come out of the hat? Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Mystery Of Memory Lane OR The Puppy Dog’s Tale

Sunday 14th April 2019

This warm and nostalgic show is based around a Bric-a-Brac market stall where Mr Shabby and Mrs Chic try to teach a new dog old tricks in an attempt to solve the Mystery of Memory Lane. Help them find where Puppet Dog Toby belongs, as they tell stories and sing songs using tin toys, hand-carved marionettes, seaside Punch and Judy puppets and vintage musical instruments. A chance to remember forgotten fun and make new memories! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Lyric, Hammersmith – The Three Billy Pigs

Saturday 20th April 2019

Once upon a time there were three little pigs, and now it is time for them to leave home. They set off to build their dream houses. But then these homes are put to the test by a misunderstood wolf who has a little bit of a problem. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Baby Special: Glisten

Friday 25th April 2019

Glisten is an interactive performance for babies and their grown-ups taking them on a gentle immersive journey filing an empty space with colour, sounds and surprises, creating a sensory landscape ready to explore after the performance. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 0-18 months.

Lyric, Hammersmith – Hansel & Gretel

Saturday 27th April 2019

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your tastebuds. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Hansel & Gretel

Sunday 28th April 2019

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. A tasty treat, a sticky sweet – some children’s feet? Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your taste-buds. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.


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