5 Best Family West End Shows To Book Now

1. Hetty Feather 

(06 Aug 2015 – 06 Sep 2015) Duke of Yorks Theatre, St Martins Lane/ Covent Garden

Following its sell-out 2014 run in London’s West End and a 2015 Olivier Award nomination, Hetty Feather returns to the West End for 40 performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre this Summer.

From best-selling and hugely popular author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought to stage by script writer Emma Reeves (CBBC’s Hetty Feather, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Eve) and director Sally Cookson, whose critically-acclaimed production of Jane Eyre seen at the Bristol Old Vic will be revived at the National Theatre this Autumn.

Expect cracking music by Benji Bower, thrilling aerial and circus skills and impressive performances. Hetty Feather is a popular choice this summer.

2. Cats the Musical

(23 Oct 2015 – 02 Jan 2016) Palladium Theatre, Regent Street/ Oxford Street

As far as West End Shows go, Cats has is top of the tree. Based on literary genius T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, it was adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and directed by the legendary Trevor Nunn, and I am sure even those most untuned music ears will be able to sing a line of  “…has the moon has lost her memory?”

Cats was brought back to the West End to sell out ticket sales and an extended run. This was probably helped by booking Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella, followed by musical theatre veteran Kerry Ellis.

For 2015, you can see the x-Pop Girl, and now established musical theatre actress. Beverley Knight play the leadPlace your bets to see if Grizabella’s fellow feline characters such as Macavity the Mystery Cat, Gus the Theatre Cat, and the Jellicle Cats can match the previous 21 year run at the London New Theatre.

CHILDRENS PRICES
Monday – Thursday. Children go half price (Valid on £59.50, £45 and £35 tickets)
Maximum 3 children (aged 16 or under) per full price paying adult – subject to availability. ID may be requested at the theatre.

3. Bugsy Malone

(11 Apr 2015 – 05 Sep 2015) Lyric, Hammersmith

Gangster fun and splurge guns

Anybody who is anybody will soon walk through that door, at Fat Sam’s Grand Slam Speak Easy! Not least the effortlessly charming, ever-reliable Bugsy Malone. Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Bugsy Malone?  He is a lady’s man through and through. And he’s fallen head over heels for Blousey Brown, a smart-talking singer who’s set her sights on Hollywood. This sell out show has captured the hearts of kids and even bigger kid-adults all over town. You’ll be lucky to get a good seat now,  but it is def worth a try for any ticket returns, let’s hope someones cat gets stuck up a tree, and they can’t make it, so you can go. Let me know how you get on. xo

4. Matilda

(01 Jan 2014 – 26 Dec 2015) Cambridge Theatre, Cambridge Circus/ Covent Garden

This is our all time favourite show, it even beats the 1984 version of West Side Story I saw with my dear old Pa. If we won the lottery we would buy a season ticket, it is that good. For those that don’t know the plot, read on; Roald Dahl’s story of a child genius with magic powers who brings anarchy then justice upon her little world is, it turns out, perfectly adapted for the stage. This production, underpinned by the likes of Tim Minchin and playwright Dennis Kelly, has raked in the awards, from a few Tonys in its New York run to a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the most Olivier Award wins (a grand total of 7 in 2012).

Matilda is a gutsy little girl whose phenomenal brainpower goes unnoticed by her coach potato parents, and is utterly reviled by her terrifying troll of a headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The script gives ample opportunity for the young cast to exhibit their spectacular, stamping energy in a brilliantly choreographed swing scene (Peter Darling’s choreography and Rob Powell’s set are cornerstones of the production) and plenty of schoolroom antics.

5. The Gruffalo

(01 Jul 2015 – 06 Sep 2015) Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

https://vimeo.com/85349671

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…
Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo, based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party-mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined…?

Expect songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups, in a show that’s toured around Britain and the world. How could you turn down an afternoon with a Gruffalo, and a slightly drunk Snake on a Summers afternoon?

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