Looking to introduce your children to the world of theatre? Here’s a few productions around now and coming soon in London:
1. Hansel & Gretel, Iris Theatre at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden: celebrating its 10th anniversary, Iris Theatre will present a new version of the Brothers Grimm’s Hansel & Gretel that will delight younger audiences as well as adults. The production will even feature a a life-size, edible gingerbread house! (3rd August-3rd September)
2. Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Leicester Square Theatre: based on the beloved books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Leicester Square Theatre will present Freckle Productions and Scamp Theatre’s production combining some of their best loved stories such as Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Suitable for those aged three plus. 8th July-3rd September.
3. Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre: having now nearly spent a year in the West End, Disney’s Aladdin is a colourful and joyful production that will delight children of all ages being filled with memorable and catchy songs such as ‘Friend Like Me’ it is guaranteed to capture and hold attention of its younger audience members. Booking until the 30th September.
4. The Wind in the Willows, London Palladium: based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel, this brand new musical adaptation features a book by Julian Fellowes and music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe to bring this fun-filled adventure to life. It is also worth noting that a ticketing initiative will be in place where children can see The Wind in the Willows for free at 80 performances over the summer. 17th June – 9th September.
5. Annie, Piccadilly Theatre: opening for previews from the 23rd May, Nikolai Foster’s production of the classic musical sees Miranda Hart playing Miss Hannigan. Featuring songs such as ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’ and ‘Tomorrow’ this family favourite is currently booking until January 2018.
6. Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre: based on Roald Dahl’s hilarious story of a little girl with amazing powers is still enchanting audiences in the West End. It has recently confirmed it will also be embarking on a UK tour, meaning that there will be more opportunities for people to experience this award winning musical.
7. Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain, Garrick Theatre: running for a limited season from the 7th August – 2nd September, this hilarious show for children is not only entertaining but it introduces them to characters from Britain’s barmy past. Ever wondered could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? now is your chance to find out! Presented by Birmingham Stage Company, this is the 12th years of Horrible Histories Live On Stage, and six years in the West End.