Kids Week Returns: 12 Family-Friendly Shows To See This July & August (& Kids Go Free!)

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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 July and 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? From 17th July until 31st August, 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 Phantom of The Opera to Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical, Disney’s Newsies to Heathers The Musical. These are a few of the best ones…

Kids Theatre Week Shows To Book

Crazy For You

Get ready for the toe tapping extravaganza that is the musical Crazy For You. Originally a book by Ken Luwing turned into Tony-Award winning musical, it is filled with infectious energy and dazzling choreography. 

Follow the romantic and comedic journey of Bobby Child, a young banker torn between show business and the family bank. Along the way he falls head over heels for the theatre owner’s daughter Polly. Don’t miss the chance to sing along to classics like “I Got Rhythm” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

Suitable for 4+

Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical

Prepare to be whisked away into a world of laughter and heart-warming moments as the beloved film comes to life as Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical at the Iconic Shaftesbury Theatre. With a mix of catchy tunes, comedy, and touching moments, the musical is a delightful rollercoaster of emotions. From disguises to heartfelt family dynamics, the show explores themes of love, forgiveness, and the lengths one will go to be close to the ones they love.

Suitable for 6+

Disney’s Newsies

Step in to bustling 1889 New York City, where a group of determined newsboys take on publishing powerhouses in a fight for justice. Get ready to follow the gripping tale of Jack Kelly, a spirited young newsboy who dreams of a better life. Inspired by true events with high-energy dance numbers, memorable songs, and a heartwarming story of resilience and determination, Disney’s Newsies is a captivating theatrical experience everyone in the family can get on board with.

Suitable for 5+

Witness For The Proscecution

Prepared to be captivated by the gripping courtroom drama of Witness For The Prosecution. Secrets unravel, justice is on trial and the truth lies in this production written by Agatha Christie.

Step into the witness box and let the suspense unfold this mesmerising theatrical experience that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Suitable for 10+

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+

Phantom Of The Opera

Experience the haunting allure of the timeless classic, Phantom of The Opera at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Prepare to be captivated by its spellbinding melodies, exquisite performances, and the enigmatic allure of a love story that transcends time and tragedy.

Suitable for 8+

The Crown Jewels

Enter a world of royal intrigue, where power, secrets, and ambition collide. Experience this splendid new comedy The Crown Jewels, a captivating play that will leave you breathless and laughing.

Suitable for 12+

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 Smeds and The Smoos

Embark on a whimsical journey with ‘The Smeds and the Smoos’ where the colorful clash of two alien species takes center stage! Join in the intergalactic fun, laughter, and heartwarming messages of friendship in this enchanting play that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

Suitable for 3+


Unleash your inner child and bring the whole family along for an enchanting adventure that will delight audiences of all ages. Set in a mesmerizing land of emerald greens and soaring towers, Wicked takes us back to the time before Dorothy and Toto arrived in Oz.

Head to the renowned Apollo Victoria Theatre, where Wicked has cast its spell over London for years, and experience the pure magic of this award-winning production.

Suitable for 5+

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