Best Theatre shows for children and toddlers in London

Apart from log fires and bottomless chocolate assortment tins, there’s nothing more Christmassy than a trip to the theatre with the little ones. These are the most cockle warming and entertaining shows in London town we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing …

Best Theatre shows for children and toddlers in London

WHAT: The Snail and the Whale

WHERE: Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

WHEN: 30 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

For children aged 4+

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Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated producers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live, have done it again with this fantastic stage version of the much loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book, The Snail and the Whale.

Not a page by page reinterpretation of the book, this is a wonderfully observed, funny and often touching portrayal of a young girl and her seafaring father whose favourite story to read together is The Snail on the Whale. Following the rhyme of the book, the audience watch as father and daughter re-enact the snail’s journey and brave mission. Oh, and there are water pistols squirted at the audience much to the delight of the kids!

BOOK HERE >>  www.snailandthewhalelive.com

 

WHAT: Oi Frog and Friends

WHERE: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

WHEN: 29 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

For children age 3+

This new stage show  Oi Frog & Friends! based on Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling and award-winning picture books Oi Frog!, Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! is a complete joy for young children (and adults) who love the simple but oh-so-satisfying business of rhyming. ‘Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs’ is just the tip of the rhyming iceberg. Annoyingly we can’t think of anything that rhymes with iceberg and there are lots of hilarious moments for children to join in with.  An ideal introduction to theatre and the perfect entertainment for families who want to keep fidgety 3 year olds entertained.

 BOOK HERE>> https://oifrogandfriendslive.com

WHAT: Zog

WHEN: Returning in 2020 for a UK Tour

WHERE: Opening at The Capitol Horsham on Thursday 6 February

Suitable for children and families of all ages

 We’re so excited to tell you that the hugely popular stage adaptation of Zog ( yet another favourite from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler) is back for 2020! Returning for a UK tour this pacy show about sweet natured and determined Zog the dragon and his non-conformist princess pal Pearl, promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before, with brand new songs from Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle BookThe Midnight Gang) and a cast of actor-puppeteers with fantastic handcrafted puppets designed and created by Little Angel Theatre co-founder Lyndie Wright. Read our 5 Reasons to see Zog live

 BOOK HERE>> www.ZogLive.com

WHAT: Peppa Pig

WHEE: Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London

WHEN: 29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020

For children aged 18 months+

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever and a visit to this show really will be the best day ever for any ardent Peppa fans out there who just can’t get enough of this loveable pig and her extremely relatable family. Children will love this road-trip adventure with special appearances from all their favourite characters including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more. And of course there are Muddly Puddles too! Great fun for little ones and lots for the adults to laugh along with too.

 BOOK HERE>> Duke Of York’s Theatre

Best Theatre shows for children and toddlers in London

WHAT: The Cat in the Hat

WHERE: The Turbine Theatre

WHEN: December 11 2019 – Saturday January 11 2020

For children aged 3+

The Turbine Theatre is playing host to that most mischievous feline, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ this Christmas and we were biting onto our programmes with the pure joy and tension that comes with watching that Cat driving poor Sally and her Brother to the brink with his trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas. The genius of Dr Seuss and his extraordinary rhyming prowess is brought to life on stage with fantastic set designs and costumes that really convey the quirky essence of the original drawings. A fantastic show for younger children and Dr Seuss fans. So that’s everyone we’d say…

BOOK HERE >> www.batterseapowerstation.com

>> And, one we just couldn’t leave out. If you are near Leicester…  

WHAT: Giraffes Can’t Dance

WHERE Leicester Square Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester

WHEN: 9th December 2019 until 5th January 2020

For children age 3-6 years

Based on the number one best-selling picture book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, Giraffes Can’t Dance is a super upbeat and uplifting piece of theatre that will guarantee everyone leaves with a smile on their face. Carrying the important and universal message of acceptance and self-belief, the sensitive and nuanced storytelling of Giraffes Can’t Dance is perfect for young children, who will be encouraged to be proud of their individuality and to dance to their own tune with Gerald the Giraffe and the fantastic company of five actors playing warthogs, lions, rhinos chimps and, of course, the violin-playing cricket.

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