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 19th September 2018.

 

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Jungle Book

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Fearless and free, Mowgli the ‘man-cub,’ finds fun and friendship as he goes on wild adventures in the dangerous world he inhabits and learns to live by the Law of the Jungle. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-11yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Three Little Pig Tales

Sunday 23rd September 2018

A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs’ tails for his soup.  Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build?  A funny, warm-hearted and interactive rustic tale to make you squeal with laughter, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree

Friday 28th September to Sunday 21st October 2018

three sat under the banyan tree squareNear the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree. They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but they’d learn from it, so they stir a pot of milk and watch as three stories of the forest rise from the pages. Stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave lion come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music. Running time 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval). Recommended 7+yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Sleepyhead

Saturday 29th September 2018

It’s been a long day for Dad and he’s tired. He’s usually got some tricks up his sleeve to send Baby off to sleep. But tonight, Baby has other ideas… Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Rise & Fall

Saturday 29th September & Sunday 30th September 2018

Come and explore an ecosystem of balloons: universes in miniature. Rise and Fall is a poetic and intriguing performance for young audiences about holding on and letting go. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Butterflies

Sunday 30th September 2018

Three friends embark on an exciting adventure to chase their butterflies away. They cross new seas to uncharted lands, on a journey filled with discovery. The only trouble is they’re all a bit worried about it! During their voyage the group ride the waves, walk high bridges, skirt deep caves and climb to the sky, before reaching dry land braver than ever before. Join our intrepid characters as they step into the unknown in an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score. Running time TBC. Recommended 3-8yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

Wednesday 3rd October to Sunday 7th October 2018

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips! From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience! Running time TBC. Recommended age 5+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians

Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October 2018

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips! From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? It’s the history of Egypt with the nasty bits left in!  Running time TBC. Recommended age 5+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Kaleidoscope

Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October 2018

Blink. Blink again. What do you see? Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one.
Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam. Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as your baby enters the multicoloured world of Kaleidoscope. Running time 25 minutes. Recommended 6-18months.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Three Little Pig Tales

Saturday 6th October 2018

A brand new version of the classic story of the 3 little pigs. A grumpy old wolf wants some pigs’ tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Pirates! (Una Guitar Girl)

Saturday 6th October 2018

Una Coello Guitar Girl is a children’s musician whose Singalongs for under sixes celebrate the joys of music, rhythm and rhyme in a fun, friendly environment. Hot on the heels of her recent Jungle Jive, Hallowe’en, Fun on the Farm and Wild West shows, Una returns with Pirates! Sing along with all your favourite seafaring songs and action rhymes including A Sailor Went to Sea, My Bonny Lies Over The Ocean, A Pirate’s Life For Me and many more! Little ones are encouraged to dress up in their pirate gear and there’ll be themed toys and props plus the chance to play along with a variety of percussion instruments. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended age TBC.

Watermans, Brentford – KoKERS

Sunday 7th October 2018

Cardboard tubes, playful choreography and percussive sound combine to form a show perfect for both the young and the young-at-heart. In KoKERS inventive landscapes are built and broken apart as the dancers balance, flip, throw, twirl and jump around the playground they have created. In this satisfyingly simple performance, the dancers soon realise that the most fun is to be found when they combine forces. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Guess How Much I Love You

Tuesday 9th October to Wednesday 10th October 2018

Watch Little & Big Nutbrown Hare settle down after a bedtime story and re-awaken to discover the delights and colours of each season as they compete to measure their love for each other in this timeless loveable story. Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended age 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Five Little Monkeys

Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October 2018

Join Zoo Keeper Sue and mischievous Little Monkey, and discover numbers are all around us. Packed with bold, engaging puppets and a musical mash-up, the makers of Dogs Don’t Do Ballet (Little Angel Theatre) bring the universally popular song to life. Learn to love counting during a riot of music, numbers and clowning. Running time 35 minutes. Recommended 2-6yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Saturday 13th October 2018

Jacob is a young boy who loves to be playful. When he is given the responsibility of being the village shepherd his wild imagination leads him astray… Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – Table Mates

Sunday 14th October 2018

Six O’clock comes and three weary workers return to their cosy abode. With the barest of hellos, they take off their coats and put on their chefs whites. They are Starter, Main and Pudding and each night, without fail, they cook each other a delicious meal. Starter makes starter, Main makes main and Pudding makes pudding. They soon set to work in the kitchen, dancing round each other like Morecambe and Wise making breakfast. Starter fashions an exquisite nibble of microscopic, but mouth-watering delight. Main conjures a dish that carries her heart home on a whiff of basil and lime. Pudding steams a duff the size of a football, so no-one need fear going hungry. Three cooks, three very different lives. Each course tells a story. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 5-11yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Three Little Pig Tales

Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st October 2018

A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs’ tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny, warm hearted and interactive rustic tale to make you squeal with laughter, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 3-7yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – How To Hide A Lion

Saturday 20th October 2018

When a lion is chased out of town, Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of tight spots as the town folk try to track him down. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Frog & The Princess

Sunday 21st October 2018

The Frog & The Princess is a poignant re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tale that will entertain and delight family audiences. This exquisitely manipulated and humorous puppetry performance explores the meeting of cultures and what happens when a Princess deems a Frog unworthy of being her friend, just because of what he is. As the Frog and the Princess undergo an emotional journey from rejection to friendship they discover that deep down they are not so very different after all. Running time 50 minutes. Recommended 4-8yrs.

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith – Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue Monster

Tuesday 23rd October to Saturday 27th October 2018

Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue Monster Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old shipmate – Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a stowaway aboard the ship. It’s a little blue monster. But little monsters grow into big greedy monsters – and this one wants his DINNER. There’s trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl! Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3-11yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Gruffalo’s Child

Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th October 2018

Gruffalo's ChildFollowing hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her on tour this autumn. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Running time 55 minutes. Recommended 3+yrs.

Watermans, Brentford – The Musicians Of Bremen

Wednesday 24th October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Musicians Of BremenThis visually stunning adaptation from French company, Compagnie Animotion, for 3 to 10 years and their families, tells the tale of four animals put to pasture; a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog. Too old to be of any use to their masters, this tumbling, musical adventure explores their extraordinary friendships, shows that despite our differences, we can be friends, and that we are never too old to live our dreams. With puppetry, movement and trapeze. Running time 60 minutes. Recommended 3-10yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Gingerbread Man

Wednesday 24th October to Sunday 28th October 2018

The Gingerbread ManImagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! Up and down and into town our Gingerbread Man must use his wits to escape anyone who finds him tasty. Is he faster than a Goose? Can he cross a river using a Fox as a raft? Are Gingerbread Men allowed on trains? Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all times! Running time 1 hour. Recommended 3+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Under The Rainbow

Wednesday 24th October to Saturday 3rd November 2018

Under The Rainbow 2Returning to Polka this autumn, Under the Rainbow’s evocative music, puppetry and a beautiful transformative set gently tells the story of one woman’s courageous journey. As she crosses land and sea, she befriends a turtle and a colourful bird of paradise, discovering a plentiful island that gives her hope for the future. In Polka’s intimate Adventure Theatre, children will feel part of the journey, with opportunities to interact with the performer on her remarkable journey, before she builds her new home on stage. Running time 40 minutes. Recommended 3-6yrs.

 

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