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 12th June 2018.


Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Is My Bed

Wednesday 13th June to Sunday 24th June 2018

This Is My BedThere’s one thing about your bed. It’s your very own bed. Except somebody else seems to think it’s their bed too. And then the bed itself has its own ideas, and can turn itself into a bus or a train or a rocket. And when a bear turns up one night it whisks you off to meet the very things you’re frightened of. Thank goodness there are some unexpected friends to help you along your way. Performed by three singers and two players, and full of fabulous songs, characters and animation, This Is My Bed is the latest of ETO’s award-winning operas for children. It was written with the help of students from Perseid Special School in Merton. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended 2-5yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Double Act

Friday 15th June to Sunday 5th August 2018

Double ActMeet Ruby and Garnet. They’re twins, identical and inseparable – and do absolutely EVERYTHING together. But their lives are about to change. Recently, Dad’s gone a bit weird. He’s been acting strange ever since he started dating that frizzy dizzy Rose. And now he’s only gone and bought a bookshop in the country… Vicky Ireland’s funny and gripping stage adaptation, based on Jacqueline Wilson’s multi award-winning book, was an instant hit when it premiered at Polka in 2003 and loved by thousands of children during a UK tour. Running time 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval). Recommended 7+yrs.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Goldilocks & The Three Polar Bears

Saturday 23rd June 2018

CAPTCHA Theatre returns with the Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears! The classic tale of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears is transported from deep in the forest to an icy wonderland. Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl that enjoys all the chilly adventures her home has to offer – from skiing down the snowy hills to penguin spotting. When she stumbles across an empty igloo full of treats, she can’t quite believe her luck! But who lives there? And where have they gone? The mayhem begins when a family of Polarbears return… Join the journey of friendship and snowflakes animated live with fantastic puppets that’s fun for all the family!  Running time 45 minutes. Recommended age TBC.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Let Me In

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th June 2018

The Rose is committed to presenting work by, for and about young people with a range of physical, learning and sensory needs. Now in its 6th year, the Rose’s inclusive festival Let Me In celebrates this work. Running time & recommended age varies depending on performance.

Richmond Theatre – Cirque Berserk!

Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th July 2018

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Running time 1 hour 50 minutes. Recommended age 5+yrs.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – The Everywhere Bear

Friday 6th July to Sunday 26th August 2018

The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull… how will he ever make it back to Class One? This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation. Running time 45 minutes. Recommended age 3-6yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Teletubbies Live

Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th July 2018

The Teletubbies’ first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones is here! Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and the Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs. Running time 1 hour 10 minutes (including interval. Recommended age TBC.

Rose Theatre, Kingston – Let Me In

Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st  July 2018

Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show. An online and digital TV sensation Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21m subscribers and 20 billion views. Running time 1 hour. Recommended age TBC.

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – Jack & The Beanstalk

Wednesday 8th to Sunday 19th August 2018

Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-2The classic fairy tale gets the Lyngo Theatre treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! Running time 50 minutes. Recommended age 3+yrs.

Richmond Theatre – Monstersaurus

Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Big Wooden Horse presents Monstersaurus! One day Monty found a book Inventions Very Rare Create yourself a monster friend but only if you dare! This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation! Running time 1 hour 50 minutes. Recommended age 3+yrs.


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