Must-See Shows For Kids This Summer


You’re never too young to experience the theatre. From pantomimes to full scale productions, kids love to get involved and interact with the characters they’ve read about in books and seen on television. It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it’s educational. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best productions for pre-schoolers and beyond.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

An exciting musical adventure based on the kids cartoon, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston the ladybird clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood. Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom, live on stage for the very first time.

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The Gruffalo

The tale of everyone’s favourite monster takes to the stage this summer at London’s Lyric Theatre in this enchanting production with the perfect combination of songs, laughter, physical theatre and just the right amount of scary fun! Set to a wonderfully catchy score with original music and lyrics, this show really brings the book to life. Audiences will join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of hazelnuts, meeting the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. Will the story of the fabled Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures? Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all, and after all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?! Buy tickets and see the fantastically temptingt trailer at

In The Night Garden

night-garden-live-166The Summer classic is touring Britain for the fifth year, bringing its unique brand of magic to kids everywhere. The production is an amazing musical theatre experience for all the family which sees Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends all brought beautifully to life on stage using full-size costumes and puppets, enchanting music and breathtaking projections. In The Night Garden Live takes place in its own all-weather, purpose-built inflatable showdome with family-friendly facilities including baby-change areas and a buggy park. The site-specific structure is a huge hit with children and parents and its immersive theatrical experience makes audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of the TV show.

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Bugsy Malone

Get your splurge guns at the ready as Alan Parker’s world famous musical takes up residence at the Lyric, Hammersmith, from April to August. Fun for all the family, join Bugsy, Blousey and Tallulah for an unforgettable theatrical experience. Get booking today because, as Fizzy knows… tomorrow never comes.

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Octonaughts and the Deep Sea Volcano

octoIn this new production the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorers Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.

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Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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