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Heading to the big smoke this summer hols? Keep the Mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre in London

Heading to London? Shopping, cocktails, some precious ‘me time’. Uh, no. The kids are coming too, which means Shake Shack and Build A Bear. So 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 summer holiday, put together by Joanna over at Muddy Wiltshire.

 

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Lyric Theatre, to Sun 2 Sept

This smash-hit production returns to the West End in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join the intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick, oozy, squelchy mud. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure. www.bearhuntlive.com

 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Piccadilly Theatre, to Sun 9 Sept

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! piccadilly.londontheatres.co.uk

 

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure, New Wimbledon Theatre, Sat 21–Sat 28 July

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and of course those hilarious plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. atgtickets.com

 

Gangsta Granny, Harold Pinter Theatre, Tues 14– Sun 26 Aug

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring. But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine. atgtickets.com

 

The Star Seekers, National Theatre, Weds 8 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

Photo Ellie Kurttz

Do you want to fly to the moon? Visit a space station? Become an astronaut? Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea? nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

Horrible Histories Live On Stage – Barmy Britain Part Four! Apollo Theatre, Thurs 2 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard the Third? Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots, peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man. nimaxtheatres.com

 

School of Rock, New London Theatre, throughout July and Aug

 

Based on the iconic hit movie, this irresistible 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? schoolofrockthemusical.com

 

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, throughout July and Aug

Photo Johan Persson

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. aladdinthemusical.co.uk

 

The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre, throughout July and Aug

Disney’s musical phenomenon The Lion King continues to captivate audiences of all ages. Combining dazzling staging and highly imaginative costumes, masks and puppets, this astonishing show at the Lyceum Theatre uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba – join him now in his epic journey to reclaim his kingdom. thelionking.co.uk

 

The King and I, London Palladium, throughout July and Aug

Tipped to be London’s theatrical event of 2018, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I rocks up at London’s iconic Palladium. kingandimusical.co.uk

 

Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre, throughout July and Aug

Photo Manuel Harlan

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. uk.matildathemusical.com

 

The Everywhere Bear, Polka Theatre, to Sun 26 Aug

Photo Suzi Corker

The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure. He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull… how will he ever make it back to Class One? www.polkatheatre.com

 

42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, throughout July and Aug

 

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. 42ndstreetmusical.co.uk

 

Wicked, Apollo Theatre, throughout July and Aug

Photo Matt Crocker

Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell over audiences of all ages across the world since 2003 and continues to be a record-breaking hit at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is has become the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time. wickedthemusical.co.uk

 

Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, until Sept

Photo Robert Day

The most famous outdoor theatre venue in the country, Regent’s Park’s theatre is set within beautifully landscaped grounds where you can picnic on the lawns, enjoy food from the barbecue and prop up the West End’s longest bar. The season kicks off with The Turn of the Screw (22 to 30 June), followed by As You Like It (6 – 28 July) and concluding with The Little Shop of Horrors (3 Aug to 15 Sept) and Dinosaur World Live (14 Aug to 9 Sept). Prices £25 – £55 apart from dinosaurs tickets which are £16.50. Pretty good value for top notch theatre. openairtheatre.com

 

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre, throughout July and Aug

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. thecomedyaboutabankrobbery.com

 

The End of Eddy, Unicorn Theatre, Fri 17 Aug – Sat 6 Oct

Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape. unicorntheatre.com

 

Carmen La Cubana, Sadler’s Wells, Weds 1–Sat 18 Aug

A sizzling new musical featuring Bizet’s classic score flavoured with authentic Cuban styles. Inspired by Oscar Hammerstein II’s Broadway hit Carmen Jones, Christopher Renshaw directs this UK premiere, mixing opera with salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha and including musical favourites such as Habanera. sadlerswells.com

 

Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre, throughout July and Aug

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. youngfrankenstein.co.uk

 

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