The Little Angel Theatre was founded by John Wright in 1961 in a derelict temperance hall in Islington. Every type of puppet is used, and themes, styles and stories are drawn from a wide range of cultural traditions. The company tours throughout the UK and abroad and The Little Angel also has an extensive Education Programme, which works with schools and youth groups. On Saturdays, there is a Puppet Club and family fun days where children can make their own puppets and play with them.
Children's Theatre in London
Puppet theatre in Islington with a wide range of shows and family activities
14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London, N1 2DN
Tube: Angel Station
Events at Little Angel Theatre
23rd & 24th and 27th to 29th Jan 2017 - Various Times | £12, child/concs £10
The story of a baby penguin who is just finding their feet.
26th November 2016 to 29th January 2017 | £14 (Adults), £12 (Children and Concessions)
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Feb 2017 | £10, concs £8
A puppet show.
8th and 10th to 12th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £10, child/concs £8
The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, told my Steve Smart using puppetry.
9th to 12th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £10, child/concs £8
Dinosaur Detectives follow a fascinating journey of discovery, fun and conflict surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantel
Britain's first purpose-built theatre for children
147 Tooley Street, More , Bankside, London, SE1 2HZ
Tube: London Bridge Station
This £14 million theatre is the plushest venue for children's plays in the capital. The Unicorn Theatre has two spaces; The Weston Theatre holds 300 people and the Clore Theatre holds 120. The company was founded in 1947, with a mission to create shows for children which are fun, challenging and exciting. The Unicorn also has its own production team, rehearsal studio, meeting rooms and cafe. Past productions include 'Journey to the River Sea', ' Jemima Puddle Duck and Friends' and 'Billy the Kid'.
Events at Unicorn Theatre
24th January to 5th March 2017 - Various Times | £12-£18, NUS/OAP/unwaged £9-£15, under 18s £8-£12, Jan 24-26 previews £10
Matthew Robins brings to life Ted Hughes' timeless story, staged by Unicorn.
31st January to 5th March 2017 - Various Times | £10-£16
Purni Morell directs her translation of Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen's love story gone wrong.
12th March to 9th April 2017 - Various Times | £16, OAP/NUS/unwaged £13, under 18s £10, Mar 12-14 mats previews £10
Gary Owen's celebration of childlike innocence, directed by Tim Crouch.
17th March to 15th April 2017 - Various Times | £12-£18, OAP/NUS/unwaged £9-£15, under 18s £8-£12, Mar 17-23 previews £10
Unicorn's acclaimed stage adaptation of the children's book written by Margery Williams.
Wednesday 19th April 2017 - 7pm | Free
Awards night for journalists, artists, campaigners and digital activists.
A diverse programme of plays, circus acts and cabaret ensures everyone is happy
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA
Tube: Highgate Station
This multi-arts, theatre and dance venue in Highgate, north London, has a regularly changing programme of live performances including plays, circus and cabaret. They stage lively children's shows which are full of fun, excitement and audience participation. Jacksons Lane's 163-seat theatre is also the venue for classes for young people from circus classes for 10 to 18 year olds to ballet for the under 5s. The Highgate Youth Theatre run classes in creative and imaginative theatre for children aged between 9 and 16, giving them the opportunity to perform in two productions a year.
Events at Jacksons Lane Theatre
23rd, 24th and 25th January 2017 - 8pm | £18, concs £16
Master-puppeteer Stephen Mottram presents a funny and mesmerising tale about youth, love and confronting old age plus an exploration of the puppeteer's tricks and visual ideas which suspend your disbelief.
27th and 28th January 2017 at 8pm & 29th January 2017 at 3pm | £16-£18
This visual theatre piece, which utilises actors, life-size puppets and video projection, is inspired by the true events related in best-selling Norwegian novel, Before I Burn.
1st to 4th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £18, concs £16
The rising stars of British circus harness the power of collective memory in Throwback: a love note to nostalgia and the things you can't forget. With awe-inspiring aerial and acrobatic work, the UK's most exciting ...
Sunday 12th and Monday 13th February 2017 at 12noon and 3pm | £9.95
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Thursday 23rd February 2017 - 8pm | £15, concs £11
The artist Jair Ramirez tells the story of growing up in Colombia and rising above a culture of rubbish and addiction.
The only professional arts venue in the London Borough of Barnet
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London, N12 0GA
Tube: Woodside Park Station
Artsdepot sits on the site of a former weekly market, and opened in 2004. It features a 400 seat auditorium, 150 seat studio theatre, dedicated gallery and three education spaces. You'll find a little bit of everything here, from drama to children's shows, dance and comedy, as well as a sleek cafe/bar. It's the only dedicated arts venue in this part of London, and offers a mixture of work by local artists and performers, and touring shows.
Events at Artsdepot
13th January to 8th February 2017 - Various Times | Free
Contemporary paintings by the Calcutta-born artist, featuring oils, acrylics, works on glass and charcoal sketches.
11th December 2016 to 31st January 2017 - 10am-4pm | £10
A magical, multi-sensory show inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
Saturday 28th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £13
Insightful social and cultural observations mixed with personal anecdotes from the award-winning Birmingham-born stand-up.
Sunday 29th January 2017 at 11am and 2pm | £9
Raymond Briggs's heart-warming tale for children is adapted by the company.
Saturday 4th February 2017 - 8pm | £18
The maestro of feel-good comedy delivers original material with honesty and exuberance.
The 1960s-designed riverside arts complex stages a huge choice of theatre, music and dance events
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Families are spoilt for choice at the Southbank Centre's numerous riverside studios and theatres. The annual Imagine festival, which takes place every February during half-term, is just one of the many events the arts centre lays on especially for children. As well as the many theatre, music and dance performances staged for young people, they have a range of appealing events and exhibitions suitable for the people of all ages all year round, many of which are free. On weekends, London families head to the Southbank and take part in free activities - often staged in the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Head to the Poetry Library on the fifth floor for the nursery rhyme reading area where there are books, audio tapes, games and an exhibition of nursery rhyme posters and postcards.
Events at Southbank Centre
Tuesday 24th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £25 & £30, concs £12.50-£15
A collaboration between the Argentinian-Swedish singer-songwriter and the group to perform indie originals by Gonzalez.
11th November 2016 to 25th January 2017 | Various
16th December 2016 to 23rd April 2017 | Peak - £16.50/£13.50 (supporter ticket), £15/£12 (non-supporter ticket), Off peak - £13.50/£11.50 (supporter ticket), £12/£10 (non-supporter ticket)
2nd October 2016 to 25th June 2017 | £45, £35, £25, £20 | Premium £55
14th September 2016 to 20th July 2017 - 9.30am-5.30pm | per group £195
16th January to 17th December 2017 | Various, Free to £45 | Day pass £15, Weekend pass £25
13th January to 31st December 2017 - 10am-11pm | Free
Theatre providing plays for children, and educational workshops in drama, music and crafts
240 The Broadway, London, SW19 1SB
Tube: South Wimbledon Station
The Wimbledon-based Polka Children's Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which produces and directs work solely for kids. Opened in 1979, the Polka has two theatre spaces and is aimed at children aged 0 to 13. Everything from dramas and comedies are shown here, as well as adaptations of popular stories like We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Some of the works are aimed at children as young as 9 months old. If your baby does start challenging the actors for the audience's attention during the performance, you can simply take them out of the auditorium where you can continue to watch the show on the monitor provided. The Polka offers plenty of family programs and as well as out-of-school clubs and summer schools. Parents will appreciate the child-friendly cafe and a playground complete with a Wendy House and giant cat.
Events at Polka Children's Theatre
26th October 2016 to 26th February 2017 | £12.50
28th Jan & 29th Jan and 4th Feb & 5th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £18.50
29th Jan, 1st Feb, 11th Feb, 14th Feb and 22nd Feb 2017 - Various Times | £12.50
Saturday 11th February 2017 - 2.30pm | £12.50
Saturday 11th February 2017 - 2.30pm | £12.50
A creative theatre company which also runs children's and youth workshops
Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE
Tube: Cockfosters Station
The Chickenshed Theatre was founded more than 30 years ago in (you guessed it) a disused chicken shed. Since then, the creative team behind the theatre have unleashed over 100 scripts, recorded over 20 original CDs and finally moved to a permanent, 300 seat theatre in North London. The space also includes a studio theatre, dance studio, fully-equipped recording studio and an open air amphitheatre. The Chickenshed's unique inclusive methods, use dramatisation as a medium to involve children and encourage participation. Chickenshed runs children's and youth theatre workshops, education courses, community outreach projects and a network of satellite 'Sheds' across the country (there's even one in Russia). Since starting in 1974 the company has created and produced more than 1,000 performances ranging from full-scale productions with casts of 250 and more to intimate studio and solo pieces. They've performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Sadler's Wells, the Lyceum Theatre and on television for the BBC as well as at The Queen Mother's 100th birthday.
Events at Chickenshed
Friday 27th January 2017 - 8pm-10.30pm | adv £10
20th January to 11th March 2017 - Various Times | £6
Interactive theatre performances for children.
Saturday 28th January 2017 - 7pm | £25, adv £20
The clarinet and saxophone player is joined by the Dream Band and Sonia Slany's Solid Strings to perform a selection of classics, featuring tunes from the likes of Aznavour, Gershwin, Jobim, Rodgers & Hart and ...
28th Jan, 4th Feb, 11th Feb, 18th Feb, 25th Feb, 4th Mar and 11th Mar 2017 - 10am | £6
Sunday 29th January 2017 - 7.30pm | £11, concs £9
Backed by her in-house band, Jo plays a set of eclectic covers taking in pop, soul, funk and folk.
The Lyric has a strong connection with children's theatre, both in workshops and productions
Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA
Tube: Hammersmith Station
The Lyric Hammersmith is set to continue its investment in young people's theatre with current improvements to their Lyric Square building which will see a sensory space for children with disabilities included in the new look theatre, due to open by February 2014. In addition to their youth theatre training programme, every Saturday the Lyric invites a different children's theatre company into their 100 seat studio to perform. The theatre's cafe is child friendly, they have a gorgeous roof terrace and the Saturday performances often have the added option of buying a ticket to the messy play session after the show. Recent stagings for young people have included Arthur's Dream Boat by the excellent Long Nose Puppets and they staged Cinderella as their Christmas panto, suitable for children from six years up.
Events at Lyric Hammersmith
25th January to 19th February 2017 | £15-£40
A playful re-telling of Roald Dahl's popular tale, Fantastic Mr Fox, by Maria Aberg who did a "Glastonbury-style" (Independent) As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this adaptation of Dahl's classic tale ...more
Saturday 28th January 2017 at 11am and 1.30pm | £8
An enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo.
Saturday 4th February 2017 at 11am and 1pm | £8
Based on the acclaimed children's book.
Saturday 11th February 2017 at 11am and 1pm | £8
Mixing magic, animation and laughter.
14th to 18th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £10
Blunderbus Theatre present a heart-warming winter tale.
Well-known off-West End theatre and arts venue with a reputation for excellent child-friendly productions
Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Carrying many of London's best fringe productions, the Battersea Arts Centre is one of the best off-West End theatres and art venues in the capital and it regularly stages child-friendly productions. A Grade II-listed building which was the former town hall, the BAC is now one of the country's biggest arts centres, housing studios and gallery space as well as a theatre. With a reputation for producing innovative and exciting new work, this well-loved Lavender Hill landmark has played host to everything from stand-up comedy to opera.
Events at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Friday 27th January 2017 - 7.30pm-11.30pm | £25
Partake in the traditional Scottish dance in aid of charity.
31st Jan to 4th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £12.50, concs £10
Invisible Flock presents a work devised from 62 interviews with people living on the edge of control or at the epicentre of global events creating a live reflection on a series of hypothetical futures and ...
Wednesday 8th February 2017 - 8pm | £2.50-£15
Theatre, Variety Show.
9th, 10th and 11th February 2017 - 8pm-9pm | £12.50, concs £10
Writer and director by Julia Samuels presents a verbatim drama made from the real words of young women who have experienced pregnancy and abortion.
13th February to 4th March 2017 | £12.50-£17.50
Theatre Ad Infinitum presents a contemporary drama exploring themes of social mobility, neo-colonialism and freedom versus fate in modern Mexico.more
There are plenty of creative, playing and learning opportunities at this storytelling centre.
383-387 High Street, Stratford, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ
Tube: Stratford Station
Discover is a fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford East. Story Trails and Garden Trails run frequently and vary from carnival costumes to Capoeira moves, from wizards and witches to pirates or plants. Some of the most effective and most used exhibits here are the simplest, such as a dressing up chest, or a puppet theatre. Established in 1998, Discover provides creative, playing and learning opportunities to enable children aged 0 to 11 and their carers to develop their potential. There is also a series of changing exhibitions to enjoy and events at the weekends and during school holidays. It particularly targets families in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage and ensures that children are listened to and can participate in decisions that affect their lives. They also have extensive community, education and training programmes.
Events at Discover Children's Story Centre
Saturday 11th February 2017 | Free
Give your kid's bookshelf a refresh and exchange old books for new ones at the London Children's Book Swap. You're sure to find a participating venue near you as Discover's sixth annual drop-in literary event ...more
19th January to 26th February 2017 - Various Times | £6.50, child £6.50, concs £5.50, family £22, mems Free
Literary & Education, Storytelling.
30th July 2016 to 15th August 2017 | £6.50 (Adult/Child), £22 (Family), concs £5, Under 2s Free
Saturday 28th January 2017 - 2.30pm | £6.50, child £6.50, concs £5.50, family £22, mems Free
Literary & Education, Author Event.
Monday 13th February 2017 - 2.30pm | £6.50, child £6.50, concs £5.50, family £22, mems Free
Literary & Education, Author Event.
Excellent youth theatre housed in an old Victorian townhouse.
43 White Horse Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 0ND
Tube: Stepney Green Station
This old Victorian warehouse, now the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, boasts a great programme of youth theatre. The main auditorium has a capacity of about 80 and houses a varied programme, with shows from both touring companies and the Half Moon's own productions. Expect lots of family-friendly shows during school holidays and there are also theatre courses for under-17s.
Events at Half Moon Young People's Theatre
Friday 27th - Saturday 28th January 2017 | £7
Ever feel like a square peg in a round world? This honest, touching and quirky story aimed at children aged 3 to 6 looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world designed ...more
2nd to 4th and 6th & 7th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £7
Saturday 11th February 2017 at 10am-10.30am, 11.30am-12noon and 2.30pm-3pm | £7
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Saturday 18th February 2017 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm | £7
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Saturday 25th February 2017 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm | £7
Puppets, original music and imaginative antics
Attractive, multi-cultural, multi-purpose arts centre.
40 High Street, Brentford, London, TW8 0DS
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
An attractive multi-cultural, multi-purpose arts centre on the river in Brentford, Watermans is a real draw in this part of town. The 175-seat theatre shows a wide selection of experimental and innovative productions, the small cinema focuses on international and art-house films, and there is also an art gallery, which mostly exhibits contemporary and multimedia work. Arrive early for whatever you're seeing and enjoy the attractive riverside cafe.
Events at Watermans
6th to 31st January 2017 - 12noon-9pm | Free
Brentford School for Girls' GCSE and A Level students' art works exhibition.
Saturday 11th February 2017 - 6.45pm-10pm | £15 & £20
PM Raj with his band, accompanied by a female singer Rekha Kataria, perform the Bollywood music of RD Burman.
Friday 24th February 2017 - 8.30pm | £15, concs £13.50
Original songs and heavily stylised attire from critically acclaimed musical satirists Georgeois Bourgeois and Maurice Maurice, who wade through the quagmire of post-Brexit Britain in typically forthright fashion.
2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2017 - 7.45pm | £14, concs/adv £12, adv/concs £10
Ronny Jhuti stars in Anjali Mya Chadha's comedy about a man becoming a parent for the first time.
Friday 10th March 2017 - 8.30pm | £13.50, concs £12
The renowned cabaret and burlesque hostess chats and performs some vintage songs with a nautical theme.
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Little Angel Theatre
Jacksons Lane Theatre
Polka Children's Theatre
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Discover Children's Story Centre
Half Moon Young People's Theatre
Theatre and Musicals in London
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