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Kids Week 2009

Visit a London theatre August 14–28 and children can see the show for free. Please note, the official booking lines open on Tuesday July 14, 2009

Posted: 19 June 2009
by Society of London Theatre

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Children can see top West End shows for free as part of this year’s fabulous festival organised by the Society of London Theatre. During Kids Week, a child aged between 5 and 16 can go free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. You can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price. For further information, including the full list of shows and to book, visit The official Kids Week booking lines open on Tuesday July 14, 2009. Don’t miss out, get ready to book at or by calling the Kids Week ticket hotline on 0844 248 5151.
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For reasons very close to the Kids Week team’s hearts, Kids Week 2009 will be supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Theatres for Theatres Appeal. To find out more about the appeal and how you can make a donation to this wonderful charity, please visit

Exclusive event for Junior readers

Readers of Junior magazine can enjoy an exclusive day at the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s flagship theatre for children and young people. One hundred lucky children will step into the spotlight with drama, singing, dance and art activities. If the excitement gets too much they can settle down to listen to some storytelling and be refreshed in the lovely light-filled café. They’ll leave with a tattoo (air-brushed, of course), and a bag packed full of Kids Week goodies.
Unicorn foyer

To apply for a place, email and put ‘Junior Magazine’ in the subject header. Please supply the name and age of your children (maximum of two per booking), the name of the accompanying adult and a telephone number. The deadline is August 7, 2009 and the parents of the lucky 100 children will be notified by email. Unicorn hosts fantastic national and international theatre for children. See website below for details of this season’s shows.

Unicorn theatre logo

Time: 2–4.30pm. Cost: Free. Ages: 5–10.
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street SE1 2HZ.
Tel: 020 7645 0560
Tube: London Bridge




If your children aren’t yet ready for all the excitement of a West End show, try this lively adaptation of Michael Rosen’s award-winning book. Follow the family as they skip and squelch their way through the countryside on their way to find the beastly bear.

Duchess Theatre,
Catherine Street WC2B 5LA.
Tube: Covent Garden


blanket Carrie's War

The stage adaptation of Nina Bawden’s classic novel tells the tale of two young siblings evacuated to the country.

Apollo Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7EZ.
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Disney's High School Musical 2 Live On Stage

The holidays are here and Troy, Gabrielle and their friends set to work at an exclusive country club. Basketball buff Troy is played by Zac Efron lookalike Liam Doyle.

New Wimbledon Theatre,
The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG
Tube: Wimbledon


Disney’s The Lion King

Take a trip to Africa with this adaptation of the hit Disney film. Expect beautiful costumes, stunning effects and lots of catchy, feel-good numbers.

Lyceum Theatre,
21 Wellington Street WC2E 7RQ.
Tube: Covent Garden

blanket Grease

The original high school musical, Grease is the tale of two teens reunited after their holiday romance.

Piccadilly Theatre,
Denman Street W1D 7DY
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Hairspray

Get ready for big hits and even bigger hairstyles in this colourful show featuring Tracy Turnblad, a warm-hearted gal who just loves to dance.

Shaftesbury Theatre,
210 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8DP.
Tube: Holborn .

blanket Les Miserables

Now in its 23rd year, Les Miserables is the world’s longest running musical and continues to thrill audiences night after night.

Queen's Theatre,
Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D 6BA
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Mamma Mia!

Featuring the hit songs of Abba, this sizzling musical tells the tale of a girl searching for the identity of her father.

Prince of Wales Theatre,
Coventry Street W1D 6AS
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Because it’s such a Christmas favourite, going to see a performance of Peter Pan normally means getting bundled up in your winter coat and heading off to a cosy theatre with red velvet seats. However, this summer performance of Peter Pan promises to be a little different. The Kensington Gardens setting, where Peter Pan was first dreamt up by JM Barrie, is imbued with a sense of romance. A special pavilion has been erected in the park’s northeastern corner and, instead of a traditional set and props, the magical and mysterious world of Neverland will be brought to life on an enormous surround screen.

Neverland Pavilion,
Kensington Gardens W8
Tube: Lancaster Gate

blanket The Phantom of The Opera

See this dramatic tale about a dark presence that haunts the Paris Opera House and takes a young singer captive.

Her Majesty’s Theatre,
Haymarket SW1Y 4QL
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Scooby-Doo and The Pirate Ghost -Live On Stage

Join Shaggy, Scooby-Doo and the groovy crew of Mystery, Inc. who set off to solve the case of the pirate ghost, who is terrorising a holiday resort.

Hackney Empire,
291 Mare Street E8 1EJ
Tube: Hackney Central

blanket Sister Act

For some true girl power, see this stage adaptation of the hit Hollywood movie about a convent of nuns who are propelled into a whole new world of music by their latest and most vivacious member, Delores Van Cartier.

London Palladium,
8 Argyll Street W1F 7TF.
Tube: Oxford Circus
Tube: Victoria

blanket Stomp

From rubber sink plungers to battered old bin lids and rustling plastic bags, all sorts of everyday junk gets a new lease of life in this musical show. Dance supremos Stomp could well inspire your children to get creative with the contents of the recycling bin.

Ambassadors Theatre,
West Street WC2H 9ND.
Tube: Leicester Square

blanket Thriller - Live

A spectacular, high-octane show celebrating the career of the world's undisputed King of Pop - Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Lyric Theatre,
29 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Wicked

The spell-binding hit musical transports audiences to a world of wizards and witches, telling the untold story of the Witches of Oz.

Apollo Victoria,
17 Wilton Road SW1V 1LL.
Tube: Victoria


Some content may be unsuitable for under 12s

blanket The 39 Steps

Hilarious Olivier-award winning comedy based on Hitchcock’s famous film. A theatrical tour-de-force with four actors playing 139 roles.

Criterion Theatre,
2 Jermyn Street SW1Y 4XA.
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

blanket Billy Elliot – The Musical

This inspirational musical tells the story of a young boy who swops boxing lessons for ballet.

Victoria Palace Theatre,
Victoria Street SW1E 5EA.
Tube: Victoria

blanket Blood Brothers

Now celebrating 21 years in the West End, this award-winning musical tells the moving tale of twins separated at birth.

Phoenix Theatre,
Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JP.
Tube: Tottenham Court Road.

blanket Chicago

London’s most successful Broadway musical ever continues to thrill with its sassy jazz score and stunning trademark choreography.

Cambridge Theatre,
Earlham Street WC2 9HU.
Tube: Covent Garden

blanket Hello Dolly!

Strike up the band, join the parade: New York’s glamorous match-maker Dolly Levi is back on the scene and out to make the most significant pairing of her career.

Regent’s Park,
Open Air Theatre NW1 4NR.
Tube: Regent’s Park

blanket A Little Night Music

The critically acclaimed production of this beautiful musical by Stephen Sondheim - it's sheer elegance.

Garrick Theatre,
Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HH.
Tube: Charing Cross/Leicester Square Tube: Victoria

blanket War Horse

This spectacular smash hit is a moving tale of loyalty and bravery, set against the backdrop of World War One.

New London Theatre,
Drury Lane WC2B 5PW.
Tube: Covent Garden

blanket We Will Rock You

Now in its eighth triumphant year, Queen’s mega-musical features 32 classic hits, including Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Dominion Theatre,
268–269 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7AQ.
Tube: Tottenham Court Road

blanket The Woman In Black

Celebrating it’s 20th birthday this summer, this acclaimed adaptation gives an evening of heart-stopping drama as audiences are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.

Fortune Theatre,
Russell Street,
Covent Garden WC2B 5HH.
Tube: Covent Garden

Places for shows and activities are subject to availability and may change. For a full list of shows, including those suitable for older children, visit


In addition to fabulous ticket offers to top London shows, the producers have also organised some terrific Kids Week activities. Get moving with a dance workshop, go behind the scenes with an exclusive tour or grill the cast in a post-show Q & A. To attend a workshop and for more information, visit

Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Dance Workshop
Celebrate this pumping new stage show with an energetic dance class for Wildcats and cheerleaders, led by the dance captain. Suitable for children over the age of five.

Puppet Workshop
Learn more about the fascinating masks and puppets in Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King.

Behind The Barricades
Enjoy an exclusive insight into the world’s longest-running musical as it celebrates an incredible quarter of a century on the stage. Join in with a practical workshop and make a stand as part of a human barricade.

Unleash Your Inner Dancing Queen
Learn a song-and-dance routine on stage with the cast and crew of this West End hit musical.

Masks And Masquerades
Enjoy an exclusive insight into this world-famous musical and take part in a practical workshop which invites you to Hunt the Phantom.

Q & A
The cast and crew of Wicked will be on hand to answer all your children’s burning questions.


In addition to these fantastic show linked activities, Kids Week offers a series of unique workshops including a dance class with English National Ballet, an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of the Lyric Hammersmith or learn about stage and set design with The Tricycle Theatre. Check out the Kids Week website at for more information.


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