West End Kids
Heading to the big smoke this half term? Keep the Mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in town.
Heading to London? Shopping, cocktails, some precious ‘me time’… or perhaps your kids are coming too, which means Shake Shack and Build A Bear. Why not book a show? At least you can put your feet up… Check out our pick of the best kids’ theatre in town this October half term.
Aladdin, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, 31 Oct – 2 Nov
A cave of riches is waiting to be explored in David Bintley’s glittering production of the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with the magic lamp. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects, beautiful choreography and a larger-than-life Chinese lion.
Annie, Piccadilly Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
Heads up on this one – tickets are going fast so book yours now to see uber-bitch Craig Revel Horwood high kicking, falling over and passing out as Miss Hannigan. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some legwarmers to put on…
School of Rock, New London Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?
Burglar Bill, Lyric Hammersmith, 24-28 Oct
Join Pied Piper Theatre Company in a fun and engaging stage adaptation of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s charming picture book.
Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage. Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award®-winning film including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, prepare to experience the unmissable ‘theatrical magic’ (Daily Telegraph) that is Aladdin.
Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.
Little Red Riding Hood, Polka Theatre, 25-29 Oct
Join two performers as they retrace Red Riding Hood’s path in the shadowy woods, constantly swapping characters – as if playing a game. But of course, they are really vying to be The Wolf.
The Hunting of the Snark, Rose Theatre, Kingston, 24-28 Oct
The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in a sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds.
42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, throughout Oct and Nov
Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton joins an all singing, high-kicking cast as Dorothy Brock with Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre
A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, but in a town where everyone’s a crook and even security guards can’t be trusted, what could possibly go wrong? Delivering swag loads of laughter, Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy.
Jane Eyre, National Theatre, South Bank, to 21 October
A great one for teens. Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre returns to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre and a major UK tour. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. It’s an inventive production with a stripped back set and pyrotechnics. See my review from when it was in Sussex.
Cirque Eloize, Peacock Theatre, to 21 Oct
Saddle up for a journey to the Wild West as world leaders in contemporary circus Cirque Éloize blast back to the West End with their new show. Their trademark blend of spectacular circus and drama creates the colourful characters swinging through the saloon doors.
Laika, Unicorn Theatre, to 12 Nov
Laika, the space dog: the first living creature to orbit earth.A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively and beautifully told using puppetry, movement and music. Don’t miss this one – it’s an absolute delight!
An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams, has taken the West End by storm, with standing ovations from the public and a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from UK critics.
Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov
From the brains behind The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.
Around the World in 80 Days, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, 31 Oct – 4 Nov
The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. An ensemble cast of eight play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant.