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
Thursday 14th - Sunday 26th June 2016 | £12, child/concs £10, Fri 5pm all tickets £5
29th Jun to 3rd Jul 2016 - Various Times | £10, child/concs £8, Fri 5pm all tickets £5
The tale of a tiny hero in changing times.
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
20th May to 26th June 2016 - Various Times | £16, concs £13, under 18s £10
Cressida Brown directs Adam Peck's adaptation of the much loved children's book.
Saturday 28th May 2016 - 12noon-2pm | Free
A fun arts and crafts session for children.
Saturday 4th June 2016 - 12noon-2pm | Free
Make colourful prints for summer.
11th, 12th and 26th June 2016 - 12noon-4pm | child £5
Little inventors can build a magical machine using their arts and crafts skills.
Saturday 18th June 2016 - 12noon-2pm | Free
Make a colourful sun catcher for your room.
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
Saturday 28th May 2016 - 8pm | £14, concs £12
A fresh and exciting sensory celebration of live music, dance and drama from the Middle East, with performances from ensembles and dance groups, multi-media projections, live musical acts, storytelling and much more.
Wednesday 1st June 2016 - 7.30pm | £10 & £12
The Actor's Wheel company performs the play by Bertolt Brecht about the decisions needing to be made by a girl caught up in a civil war.
Thursday 16th June 2016 - 8pm | £11, concs £9
Tim talks about his encounters with bizarre wagers inspired by centuries-old bets recorded in the betting books of revered gentlemen's clubs.
Saturday 25th June 2016 - 7pm | £8
A performance by students from Thrive Youth Dance Company.
Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June 2016 - 8pm | £10
The third part of the stand-up's trilogy in which he re-visits his activist roots, taking us back to his first ever performance, in Wakefield's Labour club.
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
23rd to 27th May 2016 - 7pm-9pm | £5
The festival celebrates its 21st anniversary, as 500 youth theatre companies perform 12 plays drawn from the 150 commissioned by the NT since the festival began.
27th May & 28th May and 31st May & 1st Jun 2016 - Various Times | £10
The Berry Theatre presents an adaptation of the traditional tale written by Olivier Award-winning Mike Kenny.
29th May to 4th Jun 2016 - 10am-4pm | Free
An immersive and interactive installation inspired by the traditional Hanami festival in Japan where people gather in Springtime to enjoy the transient beauty of the Cherry Blossoms.
Friday 3rd June 2016 - 8pm-10pm | £14, unwaged £5
Sharp political, topical and social humour from the stand-up who is best known for his radio show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Sunday 5th June 2016 at 11am and 2pm | £7
Come aboard and join our heroes all at sea with just a suitcase, a ukulele and a teapot to help them.
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
11th April to 11th July 2016 | £12.50
20th to 30th May 2016 - 11am-6pm | Free
A documentary about an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for young people with disabilities, resulting from a collaboration between UK theatre company Graeae and Bangladesh's Dhaka Theatre.
20th to 30th May 2016 - 11am-6pm | Free
A double-bill of short animated films about same-sex love in contemporary British South Asian communities.
20th to 30th May 2016 - 11am-6pm | Free
A screening of a documentary about a memoir project for Afghani women.
19th to 30th May 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free
A performance-installation meditating upon the wisdom of the ageing body, inspired by a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, woven in three languages through an immersive soundtrack.
18th to 30th May 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free
Four artists present photographic and video works exploring South Asian LGBT identities in the UK's political and cultural scenes.
16th to 30th May 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free
A multi-media installation featuring the award-winning animated television series from Pakistan, created and directed by Pakistani pop star and social activist Aaron Haroon Rashid, telling the story of an inspirational school teacher who's alter-ego is ...
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
27th May to 14th August 2016 | £15, concs £10
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2016 at 11.05am-11.50am and 2.35pm-3.20pm | £12, concs £9
Meet animals and insects that live in the meadow.
Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 11.05am-11.50am and 2.35pm-3.35pm | £12, concs £9
A play based on the memory game.
10th, 11th and 12th June 2016 at 11.05am-12.10pm and 2.35pm-3.40pm | £12, concs £9
A mischievous theatrical adventure from Sarah Argent.
22nd June to 14th August 2016 - Various Times | £12, concs £9
An original puppet-theatre production for children.
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
Saturday 28th May 2016 at 10am-12noon and 2.30pm-4.30pm | £8
An enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family.
8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Jun 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | £7.50
18th June, 25th June and 2nd July 2016 - 10am-11am | £6
Sunday 19th June 2016 - 6.30pm-9pm | £5
A blues band consisting of slide guitarist Martin Fieber, Mick Parker on drums, Terry Duggan on bass and Steve Taylor on keyboards.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016 - 10am-5pm | £10
A two-day taster session with the youth programme.
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
23rd to 28th May 2016 | £15-£35
Phillip Venables takes on Sarah Kane's radical 20th century play, 4.48 Psychosis , in 2016, adapting it into an opera at Lyric Hammersmith . Premiered in 2000 ...more
31st May to 4th Jun 2016 - Various Times | £10
Big Wooden Horse presents a colourful adventure story for over 3s.
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 1pm and 5.30pm | Free
A heart-warming adaptation of Emily Hughes's children's book.
Wednesday 8th June 2016 - 6.30pm | £5
An opportunity for young performers to learn more about the industry and have the chance to express themselves on stage through a range of music and dance routines.
Friday 10th June 2016 - 6.30pm | £8, concs £4, child Free
A celebration of the culture of Chile, with performances of spoken word pieces and traditional Chilean music, featuring Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, Eduardo Embry, Carlos Munoz-Villalobos and others.
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)
Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th May 2016 - 8pm | £12.50, concs £10
Award-winning theatre maker Smith presents a story of triumph and endurance in the north of England, created as part of Fuel's New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project.
24th to 28th May 2016 - 7.30pm-8.45pm | £15 & £17.50, concs £12.50
Ben Duke's re-telling of the story of the beginning of Milton's Paradise Lost told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance.
23rd to 28th May 2016 - Various Times | May 11 £10, May 12-28 £12.50, concs £10
A highly-original, interactive performance by Shannon Yee, as audience members wear headphones and lie in hospital beds to experience her illness and the rehabilitation she faced after her brain injury.
19th January to 13th December 2016 - 11am | £1
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2016 - 7pm | £12.50, concs £10
Using road bikes, footage of Mount Ventoux and actual race commentary, 2Magpies Theatre restage the battle between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani at the Tour De France 2000 from the perspective of what we know ...
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2016 - 8.30pm | £12.50, concs £10
A monologue exploring the single life in a world is geared around couples, written and performed by Rachael Young.
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.
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.
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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