We know it can be daunting to choose the best West End show for your kids, especially when some just aren’t suitable for children or toddlers at all. However, a trip to the theatre is a fantastic opportunity to create memories and encourage creativity, which makes picking a musical or play that your kids love hugely rewarding.
A one-size-fits-all approach might leave you and your family feeling disappointed or overwhelmed. But with the right information, you can book tickets for London theatre in July and August, and enjoy a day out that your children will never forget - whether you’re looking for the best theatre shows for toddlers, musicals for families or plays for pre-teens.
Check below for children’s theatre in London right now, along with a few tips to help you book the perfect West End show for you and your little ones.
11 Shows in London
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take my toddler to see a West End show?
Popular children’s picture books such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Julia Donaldson's The Smeds and The Smoos are regularly adapted for the stage and are an excellent way to introduce your little one to theatre.
There are several theatres in London which produce work especially for children up to the age of 11, including Unicorn Theatre and Little Angel Theatre.
When booking, always check the minimum age requirements and content warnings to ensure the show is suitable for your child, whatever their age. Across the West End, children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by, and sat with, an adult.
We update our listings regularly, so keep an eye on this page throughout the year to see some of the best theatre shows for toddlers in 2024.
What are the best West End shows for families?
For slightly older children heading into secondary school, Six is a pop-musical with more complex themes presented in an accessible format. Many other West End plays and musicals are suitable for ages 8+ as long as they are accompanied by an adult. It is best to check guidance and content warnings on a case-by-case basis.
Are booster seats available at West End theatres?
How can I prepare my child for a trip to the theatre?
Parent blogger Cardiff Mummy Says suggests talking to children about what they will see and hear inside a theatre, including the architecture and conventions such as the curtains rising and clapping at the end of the performance.
Very young children and toddlers will never be expected to sit completely still in the theatre, but it is always best to prepare them so they do not get upset or confused. Parenting site Kidadl has further suggestions for engaging your children both before and during a trip to the theatre in their theatre guide.
What facilities are available at the theatre for families?
Most West End theatres do not have baby changing facilities, and most shows which allow babes-in-arms run for 45 minutes to one hour in length.
Queues for the toilet can get quite long, so it’s best to make sure your child goes before the performance starts, or is sat on an aisle for easy access in and out of the auditorium.
Are concession tickets available for children’s shows in London?
Babes-in-arms are admitted to shows aimed at pre-school aged children. Babes-in-arms are usually up to 12 or 18 months depending on the venue, and they will not need a ticket.
Some productions have concessions and family ticket prices available at the box office. Details of this and how to book are noted on the production page.
How can I book tickets for relaxed performances?
Relaxed performances may have quieter music, softer lighting or no strobe lighting, reduced sound effects, and the house lights may remain up. You are able to leave your seat and the auditorium as you wish, and some venues also offer a visual story online to prepare for your visit.
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