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
Sunday 6th September 2015 | Free
Join Islington's Little Angel Theatre for their Summer Party, an afternoon of theatre tours and puppetry. It's a free event, and an annual highlight, with lots of fun activities including face painting, puppet making, parades ...more
12th September to 28th October 2015 | £11, concs £9
The Journey Home, the acclaimed children's book by award-winning author Frann Preston-Gannon, is brought to life through puppetry, lyrical music and transformative design for children aged 4 to 11. Join Polar ...more
Monday 21st September 2015 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £185, concs £125
Bring your puppetry skills to be part of a new project.
Tuesday 22nd September 2015 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £185, concs £125
Learn puppetry skills with Oliver Smart.
Saturday 26th September 2015 - 4.30pm-6.30pm | £95, concs £65
A chance to work with a professional team over two terms to create an original show.
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
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2015 - 10am-5pm | Free
Join in creative or relaxing activities.
29th August to 27th September 2015 | Free
Exploring the history of the South Bank and greater Southwark area, South Bank Stories: The Way We Worked 1980 to Now incorporates photographic portraits, archival imagery and written interviews to bring to life the memories ...more
2nd September to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | £15
Unicorn/ Filskit Theatre Company presents an interactive story.
Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th September 2015 - 10am-3pm | £4
Bring along a soft toy for songs and play.
15th September to 10th October 2015 - Various Times | £12, £16 & £18, concs £9, £13, £15, £8, £10 & £12 under 18s
The company presents a provocative play by leading German playwright, Marius von Mayenburg, which considers how far we should go in accommodating another's faith, and when we should take a stand for our own opposing ...
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
13th November 2014 to 24th September 2015 - 8pm-9pm | £5, concs £4
Thursday 10th September 2015 - 4pm | £5
The company and Cyr wheel specialists with Wise Fools, a female trapeze trio from Finland.
Monday 21st September 2015 - 6pm | £5
The company presents Circus WTF, a show which deconstructs the form and performance of circus.
Thursday 1st October 2015 - 2pm | £5
The circus company presents a story for all the family played out with the triples trapeze bar as the visually beautiful and interesting backdrop.
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
16th July to 4th September 2015 - 10am-4pm | Free
The British abstract artist celebrates a decade of painting inspired by her life on the Isle of Wight. With a move to the Island in 2004, Traxler has since produced a prolific body of work ...
Sunday 6th September 2015 at 12noon and 2.30pm | £7
Professional stand-up and sketch acts tailored for a day-time audience of children and their families, with the rude bits removed.
Monday 7th September 2015 - 7.30pm | Free
With Brahma Kumaris.
Sunday 13th September 2015 at 11am and 2pm | £7
A fun, whimsical tale based on the much-loved children's book written by local author Joyce Dunbar.
Thursday 17th September 2015 - 8pm | £14
Comic insights into life, love and lyricism.
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
27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Aug 2015 - 7.30pm-10.30pm | £20 & £35
27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Aug 2015 - 7.45pm-9.45pm | £20
26th August to 27th September 2015 - Various Times | Free
Sculptural installations and video montages by the South African artist, exploring sociopolitical notions of memory, narration and representation.
22nd July to 31st August 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free
Fun, interactive sessions of crafty creativity.
10th June to 6th September 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free
17th to 30th August 2015 | Various
Anna Calvi, Young Marble Giants and Benjamin Clementine are just three of the acts lined up to play at this year's Meltdown, the annual avant garde music festival held at the Southbank Centre which ...more
6th June to 31st August 2015 | Various
10th June to 6th September 2015 | £15 (Standard), £13 (Seniors), £11 (Students/universal credit/pension credit), £10 (Young People 12-18), Under 12s Free
2nd June to 27th September 2015 | Free
1st January 2012 to 31st December 2015 | Free - enter via ballot
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
24th September to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | £13.50, concs £10
An Oxford Playhouse production of a two-hander about the eccentric scientist William Buckland.
25th, 26th and 27th September 2015 | £12, concs £9
Indefinate Articles present an interactive theatre performance.
Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 12.35pm and 3.35pm & Sunday 4th October 2015 at 11.05am, 12.45pm and 2.35pm | £12, concs £9
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents an adaptation of the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
7th to 11th Oct 2015 - Various Times | £13.50, concs £10
A blustery boy lives alone, each day rebuilding his house from the rubbish whipped up by the winds. One day a girl appears and brings him through the gales and rain. But when the hurricane ...
20th November 2015 to 7th February 2016 - Various Times | £18, concs £11.50, preview £14
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
4th September to 31st October 2015 - Various Times | £6
Interactive theatre for 0 - 6 years.
9th Sep, 16th Sep, 23rd Sep, 30th Sep, 7th Oct, 14th Oct and 21st Oct 2015 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | £8.50, 6-weeks £45
A music workshop.
10th Sep, 17th Sep, 24th Sep, 1st Oct and 8th Oct 2015 - 5pm-6.30pm | 6-weeks £45
Theatre and performance workshops.
Friday 11th September 2015 - 7pm-11.30pm | £17, adv £15
Seven-piece ensemble recreating the trademark Dixieland style of Alex Welsh and his band. Led by James Davison on trumpet and vocals, with Tom Green on trombone, Liam Dunachie on piano, James Kitchman on guitar and ...
12th September to 31st October 2015 - Various Times | £6
A dance, music and movement class.
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
11th April to 5th September 2015 | £15-£35, Premium £40, Wed 2.30pm/child £20
4th, 5th and 7th September 2015 - 7pm-9.15pm | £10, concs £7
Saturday 12th September 2015 - 3pm-5pm | £10, concs £7
As part of Amici's 35th Anniversary Celebrations there will be a unique opportunity to take part in an Amici open-workshop with Amici members and run by their founder and artistic director, Wolfgang Stange.
18th September to 24th October 2015 | £15-£35
Acclaimed playwright Laura Wade, responsible for writing Posh, brings Sarah Waters's audacious bestselling novel, the subject of a memorable three-part mini-series produced and broadcast by the BBC in 2002, to the Lyric stage in an ...more
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)
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Sep 2015 - Various Times | £1, inc refreshments
29th April to 30th September 2015 - 6.30pm-9pm | Free
Wednesday 30th September 2015 - 6pm | Free
An informative talk about the history of the building.
Wednesday 28th October 2015 - 6pm | Free
An informative talk about the history of the building.
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
27th September 2014 to 31st August 2015 | £5, child £5, family £18, concs £4.50
Monday 31st August 2015 - 10am-5pm | £5, local residents £4.50, family £18, under 2s Free
We are open every day over the summer holidays. Join us for stories, special activities on the Story Trail and crafts based on a different theme each week of the Newham school holidays.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2015 - 11am-5pm | £5, family £18, concs £4.50
Shiver me timbers. Pirates have boarded the good ship Discover and they are willing to share their loot - but only if you convince them you really are a pirate.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 - 11am-5pm | £5, family £18, concs £4.50, under 2s Free
Join our archaeologists and see what you can DISCOVER in the sand pit of bones (ages 0-3) or make your own skeleton dinosaur fossil toad to add to our museum gallery.
16th to 18th and 20th & 21st Oct 2015 - Various Times | £5, family £18, concs £4.50
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
Saturday 26th September 2015 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm | £6
Children's puppet show.
Saturday 3rd October 2015 - 10am-4pm | Free
All about the community; free annual celebrations of arts and sciences, made by & for local people.
Saturday 10th October 2015 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm | £6
An adaptation of the acclaimed international bestseller by Peter Brown.
12th to 17th Oct 2015 - Various Times | £6
The play explores how a displaced child finds a sense of self and belonging.
Saturday 24th October 2015 at 11am-11.45am, 1.30pm-2.15pm and 3pm-3.45pm | £6
Children's show which looks at the cycle of life.
30th August 2015
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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