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 The Little Angel Theatre
13th September to 9th November 2014 | £14, child/concs £12, Fri/child/concs £5
An adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale of wit and determination in which a fox must try to outsmart three greedy farmers who all want nothing more than to end him. "Forget George Clooney and ...more
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £185, concs £125
Basic puppetry skills course.
Wednesday 24th September 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £185, concs £125
Ten-week puppet making evening course.
Thursday 25th September 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £185, concs £125
Puppetry evening course.
Saturday 27th September 2014 at 9.45am-11am and 11.45am-1pm | £95 per person, concs £65 per person
Weekly Saturday morning activities.
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
18th September to 12th October 2014 | £16, NUS/OAP/unwaged £13
Renowned Scottish puppeteer Ailie Cohen (Cloud Man, The Man Who Planted Trees) joins Lewis Hetherington to create The Secret Life of Suitcases, a beautiful puppet show for children aged 4 and above. Join Larry an ...more
6th September to 2nd November 2014 - Various Times | £10-£16
Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship.
Saturday 20th September 2014 at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm | Free
20th to 28th September 2014 - Various Times | £16, NUS/OAP/unwaged £13, under 21s £10
A moving tale of love, loss, space and time that uses puppetry, music, sound and live animation.
9th October to 9th November 2014 - Various Times | £10-£16
This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914. Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.
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
16th September to 4th October 2014 - Various Times | £14.95, concs £12.95
Through a heady mix of musical theatre, absurd comedy and live music, Colette's story of liberation is brought to life. In a magical world where canaries transform into cops and strange visitors cough up petunia ...
16th September to 2nd December 2014 - 7.30pm-9pm | £9 per class, £90 per term, £48 for 6 classes
16th September to 9th December 2014 - 7pm-9pm | phone for prices
16th September to 16th December 2014 - 10.15am-11.30am | £5 per session
17th September to 26th November 2014 - 6.45pm-7.45pm | £10 per class, £35 for 4 classes
17th September to 3rd December 2014 - 7pm-8pm | £9 per class, £90 per term, £48 6 classes
17th September to 3rd December 2014 - 8pm-9pm | £9 per class, £90 per term, £48 6 classes
18th September, 16th October and 20th November 2014 - 6.30pm-9pm | phone for prices
18th September to 11th December 2014 - 8pm-9pm | £5, concs £4
18th September to 18th December 2014 - 7pm-8pm | £6 per session
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
1st to 30th September 2014 - Various Times | Free
An exhibition exploring traditional Asian art techniques which have been handed down through generations. From intricately hand painted Mathubani paintings that tell the story of rural Indian life, the beautifully hand painted Tibetan Thangkas based ...
Saturday 20th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £14, concs £12
Intelligent and philosophical wit looking at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings.
Sunday 21st September 2014 at 11am and 2pm | £7
A heart-warming tale about Presto the cat and his best friend Monty the dog.
Monday 22nd September 2014 at 11am-12.30pm, 1pm-2.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm | £85 10 weeks
Monday 22nd September 2014 at 11am-12noon and 7.30pm-8.30pm | £8 per class
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
4th to 30th September 2014 - 12noon-8pm | Free
1st to 30th September 2014 - 10am-9pm | Free
A unique mix of things to buy, launching new lines from their 14/15 Hinterland Project, and hosting a number of events, workshops, guest appearances and product launches.
15th September to 8th November 2014 - 5.30pm-8pm | £25, mems Free
Develop vocal skills in ten collaborative sessions.
Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 2pm | £100, concs £50, mems Free
Introductory gamelan workshops.
Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £22.50 & £25, concs £11.25 & £12.50, mems Free
An entertaining lecture with Perry.
Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | Free
An opportunity to view Tom Phillips' ever-changing creation.
9th September to 26th October 2014 - 11am-8pm | Free
Displays tracking the poet's Humument through it's digital incarnations.
16th, 23rd and 30th September 2014 - 6.30pm-8.45pm | £90, mems Free
Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 6.30pm | £12, mems Free
A discussion of modern design.
Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £10-£20, concs £5-£10, mems Free
The orchestra performs Julia Wolfe's Rise And Fly Percussion Concerto (new work) and Mahler's Symphony No 1.
17th to 21st Sep 2014 - 9am-11pm | Free-£20
A seven-day celebration of classical Indian music, featuring performances from Rudra Veena, Dr Prabha Atre, Jyoti Hegde and many more.
17th, 18th, 20th and 21st Sep 2014 - 7.30pm-10pm | £25-£45
Veteran American folk and folk-rock singer-songwriter, known for her politically, socially conscious songs and her renditions of other artist's works.
Wednesday 17th September and Wednesday 8th October 2014 - 11am-2pm | phone for availability
Singing workshops for primary schools.
17th Sep, 25th Sep, 3rd Oct, 14th Oct and 22nd Oct 2014 - 7.30pm | £50, concs £25, mems Free
Thursday 18th September 2014 - 10.30am-2pm | £100, concs £50, mems Free
Introductory gamelan workshops.
Thursday 18th September 2014 - 6.30pm | £8
Illustrated talk by Nigel Simeone.
Thursday 18th September 2014 - 6.30pm | £18 & £28, concs £9 & £14, mems Free
The annual four-day Darbar festival, celebrating Indian classical music, opens, with a performance by Bharat Bushan Goswami and tabla player Prabhu Edouard.
18th to 21st Sep 2014 - Various Times | Free-£20
Thursday 18th and Thursday 25th September 2014 - 12noon-1pm | phone for availability £8.50, concs £7.50
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 to 28th Sep 2014 | phone for prices
A gentle, interactive performance and play session for babies, toddlers and young children,
27th Sep & 28th Sep, 3rd Oct, 5th Oct, 8th Oct and 11th Oct & 12th Oct 2014 - Various Times | £13.50, concs £10
A puppetry adaptation of Michael Rosen's adventure story.
Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 4pm-5pm and 5.15pm-6.15pm | for ten weeks £85
Ten-week drama and performance course.
Thursday 2nd October 2014 - 4.30pm-6.30pm | £90 per term, concs £67.50 all 3 terms
Discover more about the skills of performance.
Friday 3rd October 2014 - 2.45pm-3.30pm | £70
Discover stories from near and far.
A creative theatre company which also runs children's and youth workshops
Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE
Tube: Oakwood 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 Theatre Company
15th Sep, 22nd Sep, 29th Sep, 6th Oct and 13th Oct 2014 - 5pm-6.30pm | 6-week course £45
Theatre workshops at the famous Chickenshed Theatre.
Wednesday 17th September 2014 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | per session £7.50
Community chorus for anyone who would like a go at singing at Chickenshed Theatre.
Friday 19th September 2014 - 7pm-11.30pm | £17, adv £15
A performance of jazz by the clarinettist accompanied by his band.
12th September to 1st November 2014 - Various Times | £6
Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are perfect for young children.
20th Sep, 27th Sep, 4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 25th Oct and 1st Nov 2014 - Various Times | £6, 8 workshops £36
Saturday Shed is a great opportunity for young people aged 5 - 12 years old (from School Year 1) to develop their performance skills using our proven teaching methods and unique performance style.
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
Saturday 20th September 2014 at 11am and 1pm | £8
A magical puppet show about a baby who takes to the sea, the air, the zoo, all in a shoe.
Saturday 27th September 2014 at 11am and 1pm | £8
A devised solo show with puppets, live music, storytelling and tap dancing.
Friday 3rd October 2014 at 10.30am and 1.30pm & Saturday 4th October 2014 at 11am and 2pm | £8
A funny story about a tidy boy and a scruffy dog.
Thursday 9th October 2014 - 11.30am | £50
Prisoners create and serve a gourmet three-course meal. Money raised goes toward Lyric's specialist programmes for young people.
Saturday 11th October 2014 at 11am and 1pm | £8
Children's puppet show with storytelling and music.
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)
15th to 27th September 2014 - 7.30pm | £15, concs £12
15th Sep, 22nd Sep, 29th Sep, 6th Oct, 13th Oct, 20th Oct and 27th Oct 2014 - 12.15pm-2.15pm | £5.50
20th January to 29th October 2014 - 3.30pm-6pm | £55
17th, 20th, 24th and 27th Sep 2014 - Various Times | £15
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th September 2014 - 8pm | donations welcome £2.50-£15
A collection of songs caught in a web of theatrics which journey through streets, dreams, TV screens and lullaby machines to create a multimedia journey.
18th, 19th and 20th September 2014 - 8.30pm | £12, concs £9
Tourettes sufferer Jess Thom performs a solo comedy in which no two performances will be the same.
18th September, 2nd October and 16th October 2014 - 7pm-9pm | £3
18th, 19th and 20th September 2014 - 8.30pm | Fri & Sat £10, Thu-Sat £12, concs £9
18th Sep, 25th Sep, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct and 30th Oct 2014 - 7pm-9pm | £10
18th Sep, 25th Sep, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct and 30th Oct 2014 - 5pm-6.30pm | £2
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
13th to 26th September 2014 - 11.30am-2pm | £5, child £5, concs £4.50, family £18
Join our Story Builder for a fun, interactive session with songs and stories.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014 - 12.30pm-3pm | £5
Join our Story Builder to see this classic book come alive as a beautiful shadow puppet show.
27th September 2014 to 31st August 2015 | £5, child £5, family £18, concs £4.50
Saturday 4th October 2014 - 11am-5pm | Free
Mark the 100th birthday of theatre director and cultural innovator Joan Littlewood with Fun Palaces, a communal celebration of arts, culture and science.
Saturday 11th October 2014 - 11am-5pm | £5, concs £4.50, family £18
Join publishers DK and meet Darth Vader.
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
9th to 21st September 2014 | £14, concs £12
Jonny O'Neill's gritty drama about an ex-con's return to East London following a long stretch behind bars and the difficulties he faces acclimatising to his new surroundings. Karena Johnson directs Mark Wingett - known for ...more
Friday 26th September 2014 at 1.30pm-2.15pm & Saturday 27th September 2014 at 11am-11.45am and 2pm-2.45pm | £6
Join three children on an unforgettable bedtime adventure; a journey through the attic at the top of Grandmas house. As they discover delights and secrets hidden on the other side, they're taken on a rollercoaster ...
Saturday 27th September 2014 - 11am-4pm | Free
Join us for a day of free family events and activities celebrating the history of Half Moon's beautiful Victorian building, which opened as Limehouse Board of Works 150 years ago.
Friday 3rd October 2014 - 8pm-11pm | £10, adv £8
Saturday 4th October 2014 at 11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm | £6
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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
London's Theatre and Musicals
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