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Best West End Shows for Kids in 2021
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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Five!
Plays
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Five!
From£23.40
David Walliams' Billionaire Boy
Musicals
4.8 (4)
David Walliams' Billionaire Boy
From£23.40
The Lion King
Musicals
4.8 (656)
The Lion King
Opening on 07 Sep, 2021
£26.4012% Off
From £30
Mamma Mia
Musicals
4.8 (725)
Mamma Mia
From£10
Aladdin 2021
Musicals
Aladdin 2021
From£18
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Plays
4.7 (3)
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
From£17.40
The Play That Goes Wrong
Plays
4.9 (411)
The Play That Goes Wrong
From£24
Matilda The Musical
Musicals
4.8 (515)
Matilda The Musical
From£30
Wicked
Musicals
4.7 (582)
Wicked
From£12

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All London Shows For Kids Explained - 2021

After a long long wait, London Theatres are back again in full swing with a hoard of exciting new plays and musicals for their very loyal audience. From love stories and rock musicals to historical plays and autobiographical musicals, this year’s line up has an eclectic mix of everything. However, perhaps the most exciting of them all is the myriad of children's plays that are all set to grace the West End stage this year. 

Along with these exciting new shows, the Society of London Theatre has also put in place a number of safety measures to make sure that guests remain safe throughout the show. Let’s take a look at these COVID-19 safety measures undertaken by London Theatres.

COVID-19 Safety Measures Undertaken by London Theatres

  • Reduced Seating Capacities - Theatres are functioning at reduced capacities. Venues will either open at half capacity or with 1000 seats, whichever is lower. This is to ensure that there is no overcrowding at the venue. 
  • Socially distanced seats - Group bookings can be made for up to 5 seats. There will be sufficient gaps among different groups.
  • Increased Sanitization - All high-contact areas will be sanitized in set intervals. The theatre, including the seat and floors will be sanitized after every show. 
  • Temperature Checks - All viewers have to undergo temperature checks upon entry into the venue. You will be allowed entry inside only if your temperature is normal.
  • Masks - Protective gear such as masks are compulsory to gain entry into the theatre. All visitors are encouraged to wear additional safety gear like gloves. 
  • Travel Routes - Upon entering the building, a theatre representative will guide you to the theatre in a socially-distanced manner. This will greatly reduce your interaction with other theatre-goers and will ensure that social-distancing is maintained. 
  • E-tickets - Physical tickets will not be used anymore. They will be replaced with either print-at-home tickets or e-tickets. 
  • Pre-ordering of refreshments - In order to make sure that the bar area does not get overcrowded during the intermission, visitors will have the facility of pre-ordering their drinks and snacks.
  • Some facilities may not be in function - Some theatres may close their cloakrooms and other high-contact facilities temporarily.

Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing London Shows for Kids

A trip to London Theatre is the perfect opportunity for you to encourage creativity and cultivate curiosity in the minds of your children. This means that you need to be extremely careful while choosing London shows for your kids. Here are some pointers to help you discover the perfect West End show for your kids. 

London shows for kids
Age Recommendations

While London Theatre does not have an age classification organization, every West End show comes with an age recommendation, along with minimum age requirements to help you make an informed decision. These recommendations will help you decide whether a particular show is appropriate for your children.

London shows for kids
Content Warnings

Some West End shows might use strong language or may contain explicit content that you do not want your children to see. Therefore, always be sure to check for any content warnings and special notices issued by the theatre.

London shows for kids
Running Time

If you wish to visit London theatres with a young child, it might be wise to choose a short play or musical that your child can sit through without getting bored or distracted. Avoid long shows that your child might find difficult to sit through.

London shows for kids
Show Timings

Keep in mind that theatres are not only for the night! Most plays and musicals have multiple timings so make sure that you choose the most convenient time slot for yourself and your child. What’s more, you will find that matinees can be less crowded than evening shows!

London shows for kids
The Right Seats

While booking a London Theatre ticket, it is extremely important to ensure that you and your kids are comfortable. If you are with a small child and would require to vacate your seat regularly, it is recommended that you choose an aisle seat so as to not disturb those around you.

London shows for kids
Kid's Week

Every year in August, West End organizes a Kid's Week in order to introduce more and more kids to theatre. You will find a number of kid-friendly shows being staged with great discounts!

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Tips to Watch London Shows for Kids

  • While watching London Theatre with kids, make sure that you arrive at the theatre with plenty of time to spare. You can use the extra time to settle your kids down and to make sure that they are comfortable. 
  • If you are going to the London Theatre with toddlers, keep in mind that the theatre will have space to keep your pushchair. 
  • Most theatres provide booster seats and cushions. If your child experiences difficulty in seeing the stage, you can ask the theatre staff to provide you with the same. 
  • If your seat is at a considerable distance from the stage, you can get yourself and your kids a pair of binoculars.

FAQs: London Show for Kids

Have London Theatres reopened?

Yes, London theatres have reopened on 17th May, 2021.

Is it safe to take my kids to London Theatre shows?

London Theatres have reopened with all COVID-19 safety measures in place. Increased sanitization, compulsory temperature checks, and socially distanced seats are some of these precautionary measures. Therefore, it is now safe to take your kids to London Theatre shows

How do I know if a London theatre is following these safety measures?

The Society of London Theatre has developed an industry-wide mark called ‘See it Safely’ that is awarded to only those theatres that follow all COVID-19 government guidelines. Thus, while selecting your West End theatre, all you have to do is look for this mark. Here’s a list of approved theatres that follow all COVID-19 government guidelines.

Are all West End shows suitable for children?

No. Some West End shows may contain explicit content or the use of strong language. Therefore, it is always better to check content warnings and special notices issued by the theatre.

How do I know whether a London Theatre show is suitable for my child?

While West End does not have an age classification organization, all West End shows come with age recommendations. This, along with the content warnings and special notices will help you decide whether a London Theatre show is suitable for your child.

What are some pointers to keep in mind while choosing London shows for my kids?

Age recommendations, running time, show details, content warnings, and picking the right seats are some of the pointers to keep in mind while choosing London shows for your kids

How do I pick the right seats for a London theatre show with my kids?

While booking London theatre tickets for your kids, make sure that your kids can see the stage. If your kid is very young, it might be a good idea to book an aisle seat since you may have to vacate the theatre frequently.

What can I do if my child is unable to see the stage?

If your child is unable to see the stage, ask for booster seats and cushions from the theatre staff.

Does my child require a separate London Theatre ticket?

While most theatres do not require children below the age of 18 months to purchase separate tickets, it is always best to check before booking your tickets.

What are some of the West End shows I can watch with my kids?

Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, and Matilda are some of the West End shows you can watch with your kids.