The Best Family Theatre Shows for 2015

Remember that promise I made ? Well, I have a kept my sparkly word, and dug deep finding you the best kids shows happening this year.

These days it doesn’t pay to be putting the cultural needs of your family low on the list (next to buying more stain remover). Especially for weekend matinees, you have to be the first in line.

Jazz Hands at the ready… xo

Don’t forget the Events Diary with weekend workshops on the homepage, I’ve put in lots for 1/2 term.

There are also other posts like the kids cinema clubs, the backstage theatre tours, the family dance shows, the best family beaches, the best castles to visit, the pre-school book club, the 5 best valentine cards, and the day out in Whitstable one right here!!

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1) Bugsy Malone : Lyric Hammersmith : 11 April to 1 August : Ages 6+

Next April, Fat Sam’s Grand Slam comes to Hammersmith to reopen the Lyric after a multi-million pound redevelopment. Olivier award-winning director, Sean Holmes, will bring to life the first professional production in over a decade with a cast of exciting young talent.

Join Bugsy, Blousey and Tallulah for an unforgettable theatrical experience. Get booking today because, as Fizzy knows… tomorrow never comes. 2015 means bad guys, splurge guns, classic tunes and a cast of talented youngsters for theatregoers visiting Hammersmith.

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2) Things Will Never Be The Same Again (And Other Stories) : Tricycle : 28 February to 1 March.

Stories written by Year 5 & Year 6 pupils at Christ Church, Kilburn Park, Mitchell Brook, Salusbury & Stonebridge Primary Schools, in the London Borough of Brent.

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3) Yeh Shen : Polka Theatre : 18 Feb to 8 March (then other venues) : Ages 6+

Celebrate Chinese New Year with an enchanting tale about a young orphaned girl, her nasty stepmother and a lost shoe.Will Yeh Shen be able to attend the New Year Festival? Will she ever find happiness? And how can a fish, a dragon and a horse help her?

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4) The Railway Children : Kings Cross : 14 Jan

Set in a brand new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breathtaking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60 tonne vintage locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages. A truly unique theatrical experience, The Railway Children returns to London after winning the Olivier Award for BEST ENTERTAINMENT in its previous home at Waterloo.

5) Kooza : Royal Albert Hall : Finishes 19 Feb

The next few months will also see acrobatics and clowning take over the Royal Albert Hall once again with the return of Cirque Du Soleil’s breathtaking show Kooza. It premiered there in 2013 and is back impressing families with its contortionists, trapeze artists and the incredible Wheel Of Death until 19 February.

6)  Henry The Fifth : Unicorn Theatre : Age 8+

Kings need crowns and castles to prove themselves, and so does Henry. Henry the Fifth, that is, of England. But Henry is running out of cash and all he can think about is that his neighbour’s castle is bigger than his…

7) The Velveteen Rabbit ; Unicorn Theatre : 28 March to 26 April : Age 4+

There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and for at least two hours the Boy loved him.

8) Peter Pan : Regents Park : 15 May to 14 June

There is little press or cast information at the time of writing, but there are two things that we do know. 1) All good things come to those who wait in line at the Open Air Theatre, and 2) When did Peter Pan and Wendy ever let you down?

“I ran away the day I was born,” said Peter, “because I heard Father and Mother talking of what I was to be when I became a man. I want always to be a little boy and to have fun, Wendy”

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9) The Twits : Royal Court : 7 April to 31 May : (Advised age 7+)

Mischievously adapted from one of the world’s most loved books, Enda Walsh turns the The Twits upside down and brings this revolting revolution to the Royal Court Theatre stage.

Workshops: Budding writers can explore the world of The Twits in one of our fun, interactive workshops for 8-11 year olds. Or, you can bring the whole family along to take part in creating a new piece of theatre together. More May half term activities and a host of online resources will be announced soon.

Every Saturday (from 18 Apr) : 11.30am – 12.30pm Family Writing Workshop : 1pm – 2pm Children’s Writing Workshop

Every Tuesday (from 21 Apr) : 5pm – 6pm Children’s Writing Workshop

Thursday 16 Apr & Thursday 28 May : 11.30am – 12.30pm Family Writing Workshop : 1pm – 2pm Children’s Writing Workshop

Sunday 31 May : 11.30am – 12.30pm Family Writing Workshop

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10) I Believe in Unicorns : Polka Theatre 12-15 March

Michael Morpurgo’s spellbinding story Tomas didn’t like books, stories or school. He was happier climbing mountains or tobogganing with his Dad. That was until the Unicorn Lady came to town and reeled him in with her irresistible magic tales. But then disaster struck and put everything that mattered most in Tomas’s life in terrible danger…

11) The Wind in the Willows : Greenwich Theatre 17-18 Feb

Award-nominated Immersion Theatre and the critically-acclaimed Cambridge Touring Theatre join forces to present a spectacular musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale.Join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

12) My First Ballet, Swan Lake : The Peacock : 2-12 April

Swan Lake is the latest of the classics to be recreated for young children in the My First Ballet series, the unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School .

The performances are specially created to make classical ballet accessible and enjoyable to children from the age of three upwards. Following on the success of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppélia , My First Ballet: Swan Lake is created by English National Ballet’s Associate Artist George Williamson and performed by second year students from English National Ballet School.

13) Jabberwocky, 3 Billy Pigs, Rapunzel and more…: Little Angel Theatre : All Ages

Be proud, and feel free to shout about the amazing work that keeps on coming from the world famous Little Angel in Islington. If you haven’t been yet, then make it a priority. The charming theatre just behind Upper Street, and near Ottolenghi, The Almeida and 13 Turkish restaurants, is just beautiful. They offer relaxed shows for any one with special needs, workshops, children puppetry courses during term time, and ‘Friday Fives’ where all tickets £5 for shows at 5pm. As well as half price weekends. Check online, take a look at more youtube video of the work, and book now. It’s just such a pleasure to be part of that world.

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