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
21st November 2015 to 31st January 2016
2nd December 2015 to 31st January 2016
An awe-inspiring book for young readers, Wow! Said the Owl by award winning author Tim Hopgood, has inspired a Christmas production for the very young. Children ...more
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
2nd September 2015 to 4th March 2016 | £15
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
5th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016 | £8.95
A favourite with young readers, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture book, The Snail and the Whale about an unlikely pairing and an incredible journey, comes to life on stage. The live version is brought ...more
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
2nd to 6th Dec 2015 | £24.50, £21.50, £18.50, £13.50
After a sell-out West End run this summer, the Olivier nominated Hetty Feather arrives at artsdepot , one of four family shows at the north Finchley theatre this Christmas. This ...more
8th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016 | £14, £12.50, £8, £9
Anyone with children under five will know, Room on the Broom is a spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo!. Adapted for the stage from the best-selling book written by Children's ...more
15th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016 | £10
A splendidly coloured hot air balloon floats over a tiny alternative world in Land of Lights, an immersive experience from Oily Cart, a theatre company well known for its excellent productions for small children ...more
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 and 29th November 2015 | Fri & Sat day pass £12, Sun day pass £25 (Sunday day pass includes lunch)
Jude Kelly, the Southbank Centre 's Artistic Director, presents the second BAM - Being A Man festival, providing a platform for conversations on how men's roles are evolving in the 21st ...more
5th to 29th November 2015 | Free
A free display of the best photographs submitted to the annual World Press Photo of the Year competition can be seen on Level 2 of the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall every year in ...more
20th November to 24th December 2015 | Free
The Southbank Centre Christmas Market returns for 2015, 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 ...more
20th November to 31st December 2015 | Various
Winter at Southbank Centre with Natwest returns for another year in 2015, with a theme focusing on family, charity and giving to others. The festive series incorporates fun for all ages, creating an exciting lead ...more
20th November 2015 to 17th January 2016
Part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival celebrations, The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge is back for 2015, offering a cosy pit stop for a drink after Christmas shopping. Spread across two floors, the Scandinavian house ...more
27th September to 13th December 2015
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.
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.
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
20th November to 24th December 2015 | £10
Returning to the Lyric for a fourth Christmas run after three years of sell-out success, Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story returns to the smallest stage of the Hammersmith theatre in 2015. Created by the London-born ...more
21st November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Following the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and his Cat, award winning playwright Tom Wells - well known for The Kitchen Sink and Jumpers for ...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.
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
16th October 2015 to 10th April 2016 | £5, family £18, concs £4.50, Under 2s Free
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 December 2015 | £6
Theatre of Widdershins presents The Elves and the Shoemaker, a magical piece of theatre for children aged three and over with beautifully crafted puppets, music, miniature shoes and a comic mouse. The cobbler, Elvis Schumacher, ...more
Saturday 5th December 2015 - 3pm-3.50pm | £6
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents a fun, whimsical tale based on the much-loved children's book written by local author Joyce Dunbar who has published more than 80 books and is best known for her 'Mouse and ...more
Saturday 12th December 2015 | £6
Based on the ancient Chinese story, Michael Rosen, of Going on a Bear Hunt fame, has adapted a classic tale, told using beautiful string puppets, live music, snappy raps and witty words to conjure up ...more
Saturday 19th December 2015 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm | £6
A badly behaved princess, a friendly prince who is turned into a bear, and an evil Troll with designs on the kingdom all combine to tell the tale of The Singing Ringing Tree, an ideal ...more
29th November 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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