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£12
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£24
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£12
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Opening on 28 Aug, 2024
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£34.80
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Opening on 19 Jul, 2024
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£24
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Opening on 17 Jul, 2024
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£12
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£20.70
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Opening on 04 Dec, 2024
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£28.20
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Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors

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£22.20
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£24
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(535)

Come From Away

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£60.60
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My Neighbour Totoro

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£30
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Complete Guide to London Shows for Kids

From love stories and rock musicals to historical plays and autobiographical musicals, this year’s lineup at London Theatre has an eclectic mix of everything. However, perhaps the most exciting of them all is the myriad of London shows for kids that are all set to grace the numerous theatres this year. 

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

Kids Week

Every year in August, West End organizes a Kids Week in order to introduce more and more kids to the theatre. You will find a number of West End shows for kids being staged with great discounts!

Top West End Shows For Kids in London

Matilda The Musical Tickets
Wicked Tickets
The Lion King Tickets
Back to the Future - Tickets
The Play That Goes Wrong - Tickets

Parents' Guide for Watching West End Shows for Kids in London

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  • While watching West End shows for kids in London, ensure that you arrive early. You can use the extra time to settle your kids down and to make sure that they're comfortable. If you're going with toddlers, the theatre will have space to keep the pushchair.
  • Most London theatres provide booster seats and cushions. If your child isn't able to view 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.
  • Children can get restless during the show. To ensure that they don't cause disturbance to those around you, educate your child about the rules of the theatre before show time.
  • If you're taking your child to the theatres for the first time, tell them about the story beforehand and build games around it so that they develop an interest in the show and enjoy it to the fullest.

Frequently Asked Questions About London Shows for Kids

Q. Which London Shows for kids are playing this year?

A. Many London shows for kids are playing this year at West End. Catch the best West End show for kids

Q. Does my child require a separate London theatre ticket?

A. Usually, kids do require a separate ticket. It is always best to check the show's age guidelines before booking your tickets. You can book tickets for West End shows for kids online easily.

Q. Are all West End shows suitable for children?

A. 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.

Q. How do I know whether a London theatre show is suitable for my child?

A. 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.

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

A. 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 kids.

Q. How do I pick the right seats for West End shows for kids?

A. While booking tickets for West End shows for 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.

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

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

Q. Which kids' theatre London shows are playing in the off West End theatres?

A. Check out our list of off West End shows in London to know more about the shows playing this year for kids.

Q. Which London musicals for kids are playing this year?

A. Check out the guide to the best London musicals to know more about the musicals playing for kids.

Q. Which London plays for kids are running this year?

A. Check out the guide to the best London plays to know more about the plays for kids.