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It will be of no surprise, considering that both me and Sam work in the theatre industry, that when we have children, we’ll be taking them actively to the theatre. For us, the theatre is magical and it can be very exciting especially for younger children. With initiatives like Kids Week in place, where kids go free to theatre shows during August, there’s even more opportunities for families to see more theatre. Encore Tickets have helped over 29 million people experience the very best of London’s theatre, attractions and live events. Here’s 8 family-friendly shows to see in the West End currently.
Based on the popular book by Roald Dahl and the 1996 film, this musical is a show that will have the whole family belly-laughing from start to finish. The story follows a precocious young girl who has the gift of telekinesis but finds herself having to overcome many challenging obstacles both at home and in school. With music by Tim Minchin, this high energy musical will have you singing the songs, long after you’ve left the theatre.
Book your tickets for Matilda. Prices start from £32.00.
The Lion King
A long-standing show in the West End, Disney’s The Lion King has been enjoyed by theatre-goers from across the globe. Recommended for ages 6 and up, this is a visually stunning musical, with life-like animals and iconic songs that will be recognised by all ages. It’s a heart-warming story of a young lion called Simba, next in line to succeed his father but finds himself run out of his homeland by his evil uncle, Scar. Will he be able to reclaim his title and the homeland he once grew up in?
Book your tickets for The Lion King. Prices start from £39.00.
You’ll be green with envy when I tell you that I’ve seen this show about four times now and I’ve loved it every. single. time.
It’s a kind of prequel to the Wizard of Oz story, where we see the life of the Wicked Witch, Elphaba trying to fit into society due to her being undeniably green. Along with the Good Witch, Glinda who could no wrong, they soon find common ground and form a unbreakable friendship.
Book your tickets for Wicked. Prices start from £22.00.
A new show based on the film, Nativity is going on a UK tour again before returning to London for Christmas. Every child takes part in the school’s nativity and the nativity at St Bernadette’s School are attempting a musical version and teacher, Mr Maddens has promised to make it a Hollywood sensation.
And for the parents who’ve watched this year’s Love Island, Dani Dyer and her dad Danny Dyer (yes they both have the same name) will be appearing in it!
Book your tickets for Nativity. Prices start from £38.00.
School Of Rock
For the kids who love to rock and roll will love seeing the School Of Rock, a musical based off the film starring Jack Black. The show follows an out of work singer, Dewey Finn who pretends to be a substitute teacher after his best friend and housemate is offered a job that he cannot do.
Unknowing to his housemate and the school, Dewey forms a rock band with the school children in order to try and win the Battle of the Bands.
Book your tickets for School Of Rock. Prices start from £19.00.
Disney’s Aladdin has recently come over the West-End and has entertained audiences with a show based off the iconic film version way back in 1992 – the year I was born guys!
The story follows the tale of a poor young man named Aladdin, who stumbles upon a genie in a lamp and grants him three wishes to make all his dreams come true and capture the heart of princess Jasmine.
Book your tickets for Aladdin. Prices start from £32.00.
Christmas is coming and that means it’s pantomime season for theatres across the country. Here in London, it’s no different and this year, it’s the tale of Snow White. This is the ultimate show for family audiences and is a treat for all of the family, no matter what age. The classic Snow White story will star Julian Clary and Dawn French, so this one is not to be missed.
Book your tickets for Snow White. Prices start from £29.00.
And finally, David Wallam’s Awful Auntie is currently playing in the West End and follows the story of Stella who sets off to visit London with her parents Lord and Lady Saxby. However she has no idea that her life is in danger, when she wakes up three months later in the hands of her Aunt Alberta and everything she’s told is not quite as it seems.
Book your tickets for Awful Auntie. Prices start from £32.00.
Family trips out can be a costly one when it comes to London but these family-friendly shows are doing their best to cater for families, so be sure to check out what Encore Tickets has on offer.
Have you seen any of these shows? Let me know in the comments below.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post with Encore Tickets. All words are my own.