Children's Theatre in London

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Southbank Centre, The Big Sing
Lyric Hammersmith
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Southbank Centre, Slava's Snowshow
Chickenshed
Chickenshed
Chickenshed
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
Jacksons Lane Theatre
The Little Angel Theatre
Artsdepot
Unicorn Theatre
 

 

Keep your little ones entertained with a trip to London's family friendly theatres, many of which are dedicated entirely to children.

 
 

The Little Angel Theatre

Puppet theatre in Islington with a wide range of shows and family activities

14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London, N1 2DN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

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.

 
 
 

Unicorn Theatre

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

Play In A Week 2016 (Ages 11-14)

Monday 25th July 2016 - 10am-4pm | £450 inc lunch each day from LEON restaurants Play In A Week t-shirt

 
Play In A Week 2016 (Ages 11-14) Unicorn Theatre 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London London, SE1 2HZ
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A week-long workshop led by experienced professional theatre-makers.

Play In A Week 2016 (Ages 13-17)

Monday 25th July 2016 - 10am-4pm | £450 inc lunch each day from LEON restaurants Play In A Week t-shirt, phone for availability

 
Play In A Week 2016 (Ages 13-17) Unicorn Theatre 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London London, SE1 2HZ
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Learn production and technical skills in a week-long workshop.

The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark (Ages 2-5)

13th September to 20th November 2016 - Various Times | £16, NUS/OAP/unwaged £13, under 18s £10, Sep 13-18 previews £10

 
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark (Ages 2-5) Unicorn Theatre 2016-09-132016-11-20 Where:
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London London, SE1 2HZ
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Jason And The Argonauts (Ages 6-11)

24th September to 20th October 2016 - Various Times | £12-£18, NUS/OAP/unwaged £9-£15, under 18s £8-£12, Sep 24-30 previews £10

 
Jason And The Argonauts (Ages 6-11) Unicorn Theatre 2016-09-242016-10-20 Where:
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London London, SE1 2HZ
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Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare's retelling of the classic Greek myth.

Baddies: The Musical (Over 5s)

15th November to 20th December 2016 - Various Times | £22, NUS/OAP/unwaged £19, under 18s £16, Nov 15-23 previews £16

 
Baddies: The Musical (Over 5s) Unicorn Theatre 2016-11-152016-12-20 Where:
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London London, SE1 2HZ
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Nancy Harris and March Teitler's fairy tale musical, directed by Purni Morell.

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Jacksons Lane Theatre

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.

 
 
 

Artsdepot

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

Artsdepot Open 2016
Now OnFree Event

13th July to 1st September 2016 - 10am-4pm | Free

 
Artsdepot Open 2016 Artsdepot 2016-07-132016-09-01 Where:
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner London, N12 0GA
Category: Theatres

Artsdepot's annual exhibition is a celebration of art and artists.

Artsdepot Open 2016
Now OnFree Event

13th July to 1st September 2016 - 10am-4pm | Free

 
Artsdepot Open 2016 Artsdepot 2016-07-132016-09-01 Where:
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner London, N12 0GA
Category: Theatres

Emerging and established artists from Barnet, London and the rest of the UK exhibit a diverse range of artworks.

The Lounge
On Soon

Thursday 28th July 2016 - 7.30pm-9pm | £10, concs £8

 
The Lounge Artsdepot 2016-07-282016-07-28 Where:
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner London, N12 0GA
Category: Theatres

Inspector Sands presents a slow-paced farce set in a care home lounge, in which 97-year old Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life.

LazyTown Live 2016
On Soon

Sunday 31st July 2016 at 1pm and 4pm | £12

 
LazyTown Live 2016 Artsdepot 2016-07-312016-07-31 Where:
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner London, N12 0GA
Category: Theatres

An interactive show for children featuring original tracks from the hit TV show and the characters of Sportacus, Stephanie, Ziggy and Robbie Rotten.

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age

Friday 11th November 2016 - 8pm | £17

 
Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age Artsdepot 2016-11-112016-11-11 Where:
Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner London, N12 0GA
Category: Theatres

The award-winning funny man, TV presenter and author presents comical observations about the joys and pitfalls of ageing.

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Southbank Centre

The 1960s-designed riverside arts complex stages a huge choice of theatre, music and dance events

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

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

Million Dollar Quartet Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 17th - Monday 2nd January 2017 | £20-£95

 
Million Dollar Quartet Southbank Centre 2016-12-172017-01-02 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The story of how the world's first supergroup came together comes to the Royal Festival Hall this December. Million Dollar Quartet is the real-life tale of the night in December 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny ...more

Literary Death Match

Monday 25th July 2016 - 7.30pm | £12, concs £6

 
Literary Death Match Southbank Centre 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Emerging and well-known authors read their works for seven minutes or less before three celebrity judges.

Klanghaus: On Air
Now On

9th to 29th July 2016 - Various Times | £10-£25

 
Klanghaus: On Air Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-07-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Art and rock band The Neutrinos and visual artist Sal Pittman present their site-specific, 360-degree, immersive experience which aims to bring the space to life. Featuring live performance, sound design, projected images and glimpsed vignettes.

Festival of Love Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th July to 29th August 2016 | Various

 
Festival of Love Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-08-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Returning for a third year, Southbank Centre's summer-long Festival of Love celebrates love in all its guises. Last year saw different types of human love explored and the project continues in 2016 with installations, performances ...more

Arctic Love, Just You And Me
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Arctic Love, Just You And Me Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Love Flags
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Love Flags Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Modified Social Benches
OngoingFree Event

9th July to 30th September 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free

 
Modified Social Benches Southbank Centre 2016-07-092016-09-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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Polka Children's Theatre

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

Chester Tuffnut
On Soon

22nd June to 14th August 2016 - Various Times | £12, concs £9

 
Chester Tuffnut Polka Children's Theatre 2016-06-222016-08-14 Where:
Polka Children's Theatre, 240 The Broadway London, SW19 1SB
Category: Theatres

An original puppet-theatre production for children.

James and the Giant Peach On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th May to 14th August 2016 | £15, concs £10

 
James and the Giant Peach Polka Children's Theatre 2016-05-272016-08-14 Where:
Polka Children's Theatre, 240 The Broadway London, SW19 1SB
Category: Theatres
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Chickenshed

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

Tales workshops (5-11 Years)
Now On

25th, 26th and 27th July 2016 - 1pm-4pm | £50

 
Tales workshops (5-11 Years) Chickenshed 2016-07-252016-07-27 Where:
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate London, N14 4PE
Category: Theatres

Half-day workshops to help the backstage team as they prepare for the summer show.

Performance Holiday Schemes For Young People - Summer Shed
Now On

25th July to 5th August 2016 - 10am-4pm | child £130

 
Performance Holiday Schemes For Young People - Summer Shed Chickenshed 2016-07-252016-08-05 Where:
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate London, N14 4PE
Category: Theatres

Theatre, Children's Theatre.

Summer Shed 2016 (5-11 Years)
Now On

25th July to 5th August 2016 - 10am-4pm | £130, siblings £65

 
Summer Shed 2016 (5-11 Years) Chickenshed 2016-07-252016-08-05 Where:
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate London, N14 4PE
Category: Theatres

Drama, dance, singing and story-making workshops.

Brer Rabbit's Track & Field: Tales from the Shed
On Soon

27th Jul to 30th Jul and 3rd Aug to 5th Aug 2016 - Various Times | £7

 
Brer Rabbit's Track & Field: Tales from the Shed Chickenshed 2016-07-272016-08-05 Where:
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate London, N14 4PE
Category: Theatres

The Tales Team present their all-singing, all-dancing puppet story about the naughty Brer Rabbit.

Brer Rabbit's Planet Play
On Soon

28th Jul, 29th Jul, 4th Aug and 5th Aug 2016 - 10am | £5

 
Brer Rabbit's Planet Play Chickenshed 2016-07-282016-08-05 Where:
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate London, N14 4PE
Category: Theatres

Interactive sensory session based on the summer show.

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Lyric Hammersmith

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

Bugsy Malone Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th June to 4th September 2016 | £15-£40

 
Bugsy Malone Lyric Hammersmith 2016-06-112016-09-04 Where:
Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street London, W6 0QA
Category: Theatres
Topsy Turvy Theatre: Christopher Nibble (2-7 Years)

Saturday 10th September 2016 at 11am and 1pm | £8

 
Topsy Turvy Theatre: Christopher Nibble (2-7 Years) Lyric Hammersmith 2016-09-102016-09-10 Where:
Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street London, W6 0QA
Category: Theatres

The tale of a plucky little guinea pig.

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Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)

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)

James Meehan & Harriet Dyer: Double Bill

Monday 25th July 2016 - 7pm | £8, concs £6

 
James Meehan & Harriet Dyer: Double Bill Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, both comedians try out new acts.

Emma Sidi & Mae Martin: Double Bill

Monday 25th July 2016 - 7.30pm | £8, concs £6

 
Emma Sidi & Mae Martin: Double Bill Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, both comedians try out new acts.

Sleeping Trees: Sci Fi'

Monday 25th July 2016 - 8pm | £10, concs £8

 
Sleeping Trees: Sci Fi' Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-252016-07-25 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

The award-winning comedy trio present the hotly anticipated final chapter of their live movie trilogy accompanied by an inter-cosmic live score.

Edinburgh Comedy Preview 2016
Now On

18th to 30th July 2016 - 7.30pm | £6-£10

 
Edinburgh Comedy Preview 2016 Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-182016-07-30 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

New and established talent deliver their comedy material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jonny Pelham And Harriet Kemsley: Double Bill
On Soon

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - 7pm | £8, concs £6

 
Jonny Pelham And Harriet Kemsley: Double Bill Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-262016-07-26 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, both comedians try out new acts.

Lazy Susan And Birthday Girls: Double Bill
On Soon

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - 7.30pm | £8, concs £6

 
Lazy Susan And Birthday Girls: Double Bill Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-262016-07-26 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, both sets of comedians try out new acts.

Sam Fletcher & Josie Long: Double Bill
On Soon

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - 8pm | £10, concs £8

 
Sam Fletcher & Josie Long: Double Bill Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) 2016-07-262016-07-26 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill London, SW11 5TN
Category: Arts Centres

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, both comedians try out new acts.

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Discover Children's Story Centre

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

The Fantastic World Of Dr. Seuss On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th July 2016 to 15th August 2017 | £6.50 (Adult/Child), £22 (Family), concs £5, Under 2s Free

 
The Fantastic World Of Dr. Seuss Discover Children's Story Centre 2016-07-302017-08-15 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids
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Half Moon Young People's Theatre

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.

 
 
 
 
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