London with the Kids - 1. Theatre
This is the first in a series of posts exploring how to keep inquisitive young minds entertained in London.
If you are travelling to the capital with young children there are fun activities aplenty –channel their bounds of youthful energy into an entertaining London adventure, and a holiday they will never forget!
Inspire a life-long love of theatre by taking your children to a family-friendly show - these often involve audience participation and shorter than regular productions, so your kids wont get too antsy!
From the colourful to the comical, magical to the musical – there’s never been a better time to introduce your children to the wonders of live performance.
Here are some of our top picks:
- Matilda –
Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers, is now a major hit musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It tells the story of a small girl, with a big imagination, who quickly learns she has some very special magical powers and uses them to set things right at work and home.
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- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory –
Another of Roald Dahl’s classic tales - the young Charlie Bucket and eccentric confectioner Willy Wonka come to life in this production. Won “Theatre Show of the Year” at the London Lifestyle Awards 2015
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- The Railway Children –
Edith Nesbit’s much loved classic extends its run at the purpose built Kings Cross Theatre. This show features a stage built around a real train track, and a 60 tonne train that steams into the theatre - a wondrous delight for all ages!
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- The Lion King –
Disney’s multi-award winning The Lion King musical is a mind-blowing visual treat, captivating music accompanies an epic adventure - truly memorable.
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- The Gruffalo –
This beloved book has been transformed into an entertaining and interactive production that will engage your children. The story tells of a brave and cunning mouse that outwits the hungry forest creatures with his tales of the terrifying and mythical Gruffalo – little does he know that he will soon come face to face with the creature himself!
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These are just a selection of the family-friendly shows on offer – London is a mecca of great theatre so there is plenty to choose from!
Here are TimeOut’s tips for getting cheap & last minute theatre tickets. Even the most popular shows are available on short notice (though do book in advance if there is a show you definitely want to see).
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