The summer holidays have crept up and in an attempt to not blow the budget within the first week, we’re hunting for ways to keep this summer affordable but heaps of fun. Here to help out is kids theatre week! Every August sees some of London’s best West End shows team up to offer you a helping hand by letting kids go free!

Wondering how it works? Children 17 and under go free when accompanied by an adult paying full price! Plus, an additional two children can attend for half price, offering you a little helping hand. 

Plenty of big name shows get involved, from & Juliet to Grease The Musical, Disney’s Frozen to Heathers The Musical. These are a few of the best ones…

& Juliet

Ever wondered what might happen to Juilet if the tragedy didn’t take place? & Juilet follows the heroine as she manages to escape Verona, recover from heartbreak and dance into the night with her friends… That is, until reality sets in and she has to work on her past in order to find her future. Will she get that happy ending she deserves? 

Expect the performance to be packed out with pop anthems from songwriter Max Martin, including “Roar”, “It’s My Life”, “Baby One More Time” and more.  

Suitable for 6+

Attenborough and His Animals

A great family-friendly all-rounder, Attenborough and his Animals takes its audience on a journey through the largest and strangest animals on the planet. 

You’ll be able to meet everyone from a blue whale who swims through the depths of the sea to racer snakes who pursue an iguana in the desert.

Suitable for 6+

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Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns to the West End for a short run. Introduce your little ones to your favourite children characters as Belle and her Beast charm you with their bewildering love story. 

Follow along as Belle, along with the colourful crockery characters, help the Beast to become the Prince Charming she has always dreamed of. 

Suitable for 6+

Disney’s Frozen

Admit it. You knew this one was going to be featured. Let your little prince and princesses sing their hearts out to all of their favourite Frozen songs in this enchanting tale of sisterly love and magic. 

Complete with brilliant set design and special effects, follow along as Ana goes in search of her sister Elsa, and all of the mystical magic that lies within this Disney favourite.

Suitable for 6+

Heathers the Musical

Veronica Sawyer was just an ordinary girl trying to go through high school without any trouble. That was until she decided to join the impossibly cruel Heathers, the popular girl club known for its exclusivity. Just as her dreams are on the verge of completion, teen rebel JD lets her in on a secret: it might be better to be a nobody because it’s murder to be a somebody…

Bringing your high school nightmares back to life through music, lyrics and brilliant costume and set design, Heathers is one musical you won’t want to miss. 

Suitable for 14+

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The children’s classic that’s defined generations, C.S. Lewis’ 1950s novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe makes its way to the West End this summer, bringing the mystical world of Narnia to life on the big stage. 

Expect the sets to be as magical as their descriptions, creating the enchanting kingdom of Narnia for all to explore. Fans are invited to join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter on their adventures, breaking free from wartime Britain and entering on a journey of a lifetime. Fall back in love with the friendly – and not so friendly – characters hidden in this frozen land, from the faun, Mr Tumnus, and the talking beavers to the most evil White Witch…

Suitable for 6+

My Fair Lady

Arriving at the London Coliseum for a limited 16 week run is My Fair Lady, the lovable musical that tells the story of Eliza Doolittle. 

The production will follow the young cockney lass who happens to meet Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who thinks he can teach anyone to speak in the proper way. As they get to work, we soon wonder who it is that’s actually doing the teaching…

Suitable for all ages 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Based on the book by Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came To Tea returns to the stage this summer. Performances will be held at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and will follow the story of a little girl and her mummy, who were holding a little tea party together, when a stripy tiger knocks at the door…

Expect all of the chaos, laughter and sing-a-long songs to unfold before your eyes.

Suitable for 3+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Everyone’s favourite childhood story, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has charmed generations. And now your little gremlins can see the story come to life in a whole new way as it lands at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre this summer. 

Expect a wonderful exploration of colour as you follow the hungry caterpillar’s journey from insect to beautiful butterfly. 

Suitable for 1+

The Pirates, the Princess and the Platypus

The ultimate performance that’s packed with adventure and humour, this show follows a pirate who wants to be a princess, a princess dreaming of being a pirate and a platypus who just wants to be themself. Follow this friendly bunch as you enter a whole new fairy-tale world armed with pirate kings, queens, frogs, towers and shipwrecks, all waiting to be discovered.


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