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
26th November 2016 to 29th January 2017 | £14 (Adults), £12 (Children and Concessions)
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 4.15pm-5.30pm | term £120, concs £80
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £195, concs £135
8th December 2016 to 29th January 2017 - Various Times | £12, child/concs £10
The story of a baby penguin who is just finding their feet.
Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £195, concs £135
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
30th November to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | £18, NUS/OAP/unwaged £15, under 18s £12, Nov 30, Dec 1 previews £12
Sally Cookson directs Travelling Light Theatre and Bristol Old Vic's dance-theatre performance.
15th November to 20th December 2016 - Various Times | £18-£24, concs £15-£21, NUS/OAP/unwaged £19, under 18s £12-£18, premier £36, under 18s £30, Nov 15-23 previews £16
Nancy Harris and March Teitler's fairy tale musical, directed by Purni Morell.
10th to 14th Jan 2017 - Various Times | £10-£16
Sean Mahoney of Roundhouse Poetry performs a humorous, semi-autobiographical tale of his ten-year boxing career. Set over the course of ten three-minute fast-paced rounds, the former boxer retells being an emerging talent and finding out ...
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.
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
6th to 24th December 2016 - Various Times | £14.95
Little Angel Theatre presents an adaptation of Michael Rosen's popular children's book.
11th to 15th Jan 2017 - Various Times | £18, concs £16
A comic tragedy based on themes surrounding the continually raging Shakespeare authorship debate freely adapted from Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain and acted out by cast of taxidermied animals in Elizabethan attire.
16th to 18th and 23rd to 25th Jan 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.
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
Thursday 8th December 2016 | £8-£13
Sometimes it's tough being Stick Man as this delightful children's play goes to show. Scamp Theatre (whose previous successes on the stage include Michael Morpurgo's Aesop's Fables, Private Peaceful and The Mozart Question) have adapted ...more
3rd to 15th December 2016 - Various Times | Free
Contemporary ceramics inspired by the symbol of the fish in Iranian culture, exploring themes of water and purity.
7th December 2016 to 2nd January 2017 - Various Times | £8-£14.50
Kenny Wax Productions presents an adaptation of Michael Rosen's popular children's book.
Thursday 8th December 2016 at 3pm and 7.30pm | £13, concs £11
Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.
Saturday 10th December 2016 - 8pm | £16, concs £14
Cheeky and upbeat humour from the star of BBC's Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week and Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
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
Saturday 17th - Monday 2nd January 2017 | £20-£95
Spandau Ballet bassist, Martin Kemp, stars in the story of how the world's first supergroup came together when it comes to the Royal Festival Hall this December. Kemp plays legendary record producer Sam Phillips in ...more
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £10-£65
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the orchestra for a performance of Russian music, featuring works by Glinka, Prokofiev, Dargomyzhsky and Tchaikovsky. With cellist Steven Isserlis.
2nd to 18th December 2016 | Free
From seasonal songs, to classical, choral, jazz and pop, choirs of all shapes and sizes serenade audiences throughout the festive season.
24th November to 13th December 2016 - 10am-11pm | Free
A multi-faceted archive exhibition made by curatorial students, with local community groups. This Southbank Centre Archive Studio exhibition interweaves archival material and contemporary responses to reveal the connections between the construction of Hayward Gallery in ...
11th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017 | Free
Cuddly, festive Nordic creatures from Hemmingway Design, spread across the site.
11th November 2016 to 8th January 2017 | Free
The Southbank Centre Christmas Market returns with the chalet-style stalls once again lining the riverfront between Waterloo Bridge and the London Eye. Strolling on the riverside at this time of year is one of the ...more
23rd November 2016 to 22nd January 2017 | £25-£29.50
Bringing their silver spaceship Big Top to Hungerford Car Park leading circus troupe NoFit State, present a new version of Bianco, an all-consuming, spellbinding concoction of contemporary and traditional circus, dance, beautiful stage design, with ...more
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
12th November 2016 to 22nd February 2017 - Various Times | £12.50
26th October 2016 to 26th February 2017 | £12.50
Saturday 10th December 2016 - 3pm-6.30pm | £38
An adaptation for the stage of the classic children's story about a pig that discovers it has a talent for sheep herding. Followed by a themed after show party.
25th November 2016 to 5th February 2017 - Various Times | £18.50
14th to 18th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £13.50
An acrobatic show with clowns, juggling and more.
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
23rd November 2016 to 7th January 2017 - Various Times | £20 & £22.50, concs £15 & £17.50, Gallery seats £14 & £15, Nov 23-26 previews £10, concs previews/Gallery seats previews £5
A musical based on L Frank Baum's tales created by Artistic Director Lou Stein.
3rd to 29th December 2016 - Various Times | £8
A festive show from the team behind Tales from the Shed.
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 ...
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
18th November to 24th December 2016 - Various Times | £10
The popular stage adaptation of the well-known picture book live music, songs and playful puppetry.
19th November 2016 to 7th January 2017 | £15-£35
Award-winning comedian, Vikki Stone (whose television credits include Uncle, The John Bishop Show, The Funny Thing About..., Ten Pieces, SafeWord and Titch and Ted) plays Abanazer in this year's Lyric panto, Aladdin. Joining her is ...more
Monday 12th and Monday 19th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £15-£40
The style and swing of Stilgoe and the music that inspired him from the 1940s and 1950s come together in this performance.
Saturday 14th January 2017 at 11am and 1pm | £8
The company perform Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of magic, bravery and love with puppetry, animation and music.
Saturday 21st January 2017 at 11am and 1pm | £8
Theatre Of Widdershins presents its retelling of the traditional 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)
6th to 10th Dec 2016 - 8pm | £12.50, concs £10
The Double Edinburgh Comedy Award winner relives his own family Christmases.
3rd December 2016 to 8th January 2017 - Various Times | £15, child/concs £10, family £44
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7pm | pay what you can
Open mic and live jam led by TalentScene.
Thursday 8th December 2016 - 7pm | pay what you can
13th to 17th Dec 2016 - 8pm | £12.50, concs £10
The multi award-winning comedian and Radio 4 star hosts a festive stand-up show about hosting your own Christmases.
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
1st December 2016 to 15th January 2017 - Various Times | £6.50, child £6.50, concs £5.50, family £22
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
30th July 2016 to 15th August 2017 | £6.50 (Adult/Child), £22 (Family), concs £5, Under 2s Free
3rd to 23rd December 2016 - Various Times | £9, child £9, concs £8, family £32, mems £3
Theatre, Children'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.
Events at Half Moon Young People's Theatre
Friday 9th December 2016 at 1.30pm and 4.30pm & Monday 12th December 2016 at 4.30pm and 7pm | £7
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Saturday 10th December 2016 at 11am and 2pm | £7
One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised ...
Saturday 17th December 2016 at 11am and 2pm | £7
Theatre, Children's Theatre.
Saturday 7th January 2017 at 11am and 2pm | £7
Interactive dance theatre that explores emotions and colours.
Saturday 14th January 2017 at 11am and 2pm | £7
Based on the acclaimed children's book.
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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