The Best Christmas Family Theatre in London, 2016
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Christmas Fringe Family Shows in London
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, Theatre503 (Ages 6+)
The pantomime Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves is brought to you from award-winning Sleeping Trees who return to Theatre503 following the sold-out success of Cinderella and the Beanstalk last year.
Sleeping Trees recreate every character you’d expect to meet in a pantomime, as well as some you might not – from Scrooge, Snow White, the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the seven dwarves, Harry Potter and, of course, Father Christmas. The show is a huge Christmas mash up!
A Family ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children is £40. Suitable for ages 6+ (babes in arms under 24 months also welcome), Runs, 22 November 2016 – 7 January 2017, Address : Theatre 503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Why the Whales Came, Ovalhouse
Why The Whales Came by award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo will be staged at Ovalhouse theatre from 22 – 31 December. With Wizards Presents, multi-award winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller brings to life this enchanting tale.
Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island.
Runs 22 – 31 December 2016 ; Address : 52-54 KENNINGTON OVAL LONDON SE11 5SW Call the BOX OFFICE: 020 7582 7680
Lives, Loves and Loss: Traces at Fenton House
This December, the National Trust’s Fenton House in Hampstead will be reimagined, transformed by art community Traces into an immersive experience that delves into the intriguing world of the Gee family. Wander through the abandoned rooms and unpick their secrets as fictional narratives are interwoven with factual discoveries. Discover the lives, loves and loss of these former inhabitants.
3rd – 23rd December 2016, Address : Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3 6SP. Call 0344 249 1895 to book tickets. Adult £10, Child £5. NT members FREE (join on the day, from £5.25 a month). Under 5s FREE. NT members and Under 5s must also pre-book. Entry slots available 11am-4.30pm. No maximum stay.
Mother Goose, Wiltons Music Hall, Dec 2nd – Dec 31st
Red Riding Hood, Hoxton Hall, December 17 2016 – Saturday December 24th
Aladdin, Broadway Theatre Catford, December 3 2016 – Saturday January 7
Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire, November 26 2016 – Sunday January 8
Sinbad the Sailor, Theatre Royal Stratford East, December 3 2016 – Saturday January 21 2017
CHILDREN AGED 6 and UNDER
Peter Pan: A New Adventure : Greenwich Theatre (All ages) Runs 18 Nov 2016 – 8 Jan 2017 (Running Time 2hrs20) : From £14
Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas : Lyric Hammersmith (Under 6) Runs 18 Nov – 24 Dec : From £10
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Live on Stage, Arts Depot, Finchley ( Age 3+) Runs Wed 7th Dec to Monday 2nd Jan. From £12.50
Stick Man : Leicester Square Theatre, (Ages 3+) 5 Nov–30 Dec 2016. Family Ticket Available: 2 adults / 2 children or 1 adult / 3 children. Babes in arms: Under 18 months permitted without a ticket. Running time: 55 minutes. From £16.50 per child & £65 for a family ticket.
Baddies: The Musical Is Back! : Unicorn Theatre, (Age 6+) Runs15 Nov – 31 Dec : From £12
Mimi and the Mountain Dragon : Bloomsbury Theatre, (Ages 3+) Runs 13 Dec–31 Dec 2016. Adults £12, Children £10
In A Pickle, Arts Depot, Finchley. (Ages 3-5) Runs 13th – 31st Dec. From £10
Room on The Broom, Stratford Circus (Ages 3+) Runs 2 – 18 December (55 mins, no interval) : From £12
The Mad Hatters Tea Party, Roundhouse, Camden. Join a Culture Club Trip on SATURDAY 21 JAN AT 2.30PM. (All Ages). RUNNING TIME : 2hr20mins. Tickets : Adults £24 for those aged 16+. Child £18 for children aged 16 and under. Family Discount: £65 4 full price tickets for parties of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children.
Breaking the Ice : Stratford Circus, (Ages 2-5) Runs 19–24 Dec 2016. From £8, Duration: 40 mins + 15 mins stay & play
CINDERELLA THE PANTOMIME : The Palladium, (Age 4+) 2.30PM TUES 3RD JAN 2017. From £33. Running Time : TBC
The Railway Children Kings Cross Theatre, (Ages 2+) until 8 Jan 2017. Various prices. (Running Time 2hrs.10m)
Boing, the Unicorn Theatre, Clore Theatre, (Ages 2-6) Runs 30 November to 1 Jan (RT : 50 Mins)
The Snowman: Sadler’s Wells – Peacock Theatre, (All Ages) 23 Nov 2016–1 Jan 2017. From £32. (Running Time : 1hr50 with 20 min interval)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show : Ambassador’s Theatre, (Ages 2-7) 2 Dec 2016–8 Jan 2017. From £ 26.50 + fees. NOTE : Babes in arms, aged 12 months or under, will be permitted access to The Ambassadors Theatre without a ticket for performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Babies must be securely strapped to their parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, sling, papoose or similar.
Adventures to Oz, Chickenshed Theatre, Oakwood, Runs Nov 23rd to Jan 7th. From £15 + fees
Christmas Tales at Chickenshed, Dates: Saturday 3, Tuesday 6, Saturday 10, Thursday 15, Saturday 17, Thursday 22, Friday 23, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 December (Ages 0-6yrs) Running time: 50mins. Tickets: £8, free to babies under 1 year.
Cinderella, Chiswick House & Gardens, Runs Dec 16th to Dec 31st. From £30. Brought to you by Humdalila Productions, specialists in Immersive Theatre, this thrilling version of the classic tale combines an eclectic mix of first-class performers. Expect dancing mice, acrobatic lizards, ballerina snowflakes and a crazy magician. Arrive early for the full experience. Children can have their faces painted, interact with amazing balloonists and much more. Adults can enjoy a stress-free drink at the fully licensed bar and the family can all enjoy a variety of snacks and Christmas goodies from the stalls inside the Big Top.
Peppa Pig Live, Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, (All Ages) Thursday 15th Dec to Jan 7th. From £22+ fees
A Magical Stick Man Screening & Show, Enjoy songs and storytelling with Julia Donaldson and live illustration from Axel Scheffler followed by the award-winning animated film of Stick Man on the big screen. Royal Festival Hall, (Ages 5-8) Thursday 22 December 2016. Prices vary.
“YOU COULDN’T WISH FOR A SWEETER INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE” – Time Out
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Jacksons Lane, Highgate, (From the Little Angel Theatre) Ages 2+ Runs between 6 Dec to 24th Dec. Tickets from £14.95 + bookings fees, sold out until 10th Dec, when last looked.
HOW ABOUT A CRAFT WORKSHOP AT THE LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE?
Crafty Festive fun and stories for 2–8 year olds and their families with Santa’s Little Workshop Little Angel Theatre, N1 (Ages 2-8) Runs Sunday 4 – Saturday 24 December. £10 per child / £8 per adult +fees. For age 2 to 8. No more than 3 children per adult please, due to the craft activity. Under-2s can attend with older siblings or friends but the activity is not suitable for them, and please note that all children aged one or over on the day of the event need their own tickets. DURATION : 50 mins
CHILDREN AGED 6+
Babe, the Sheep-Pig : Polka Theatre, (Ages 5-11) Runs 25 Nov 2016–5 Feb 2017. Main Stage, approx 1hr 45 mins
Tickets £18.50 | Concessions £12 | Previews £14 £1.50 transaction charge per booking
Peter Pan Goes Wrong : Apollo Theatre, (Ages 8+) Runs until 29 January 2017 ( Running Time : 2 hrs with one interval). Tickets from £35 BOOK ON CULTURE CLUB and join a lovely group … there might be goody bags too!
Aladdin : The Lyric Hammersmith (Ages 6+) 11 NOV – 7 JAN ( Please note that all children over 18 months will require their own tickets). From £30 + fees
The Nutcracker : The Royal Opera House, (Ages 5+) Runs until 12 January 2017 (RT, 2 hrs and 15 mins with one interval). Pretty much sold out, or remaining tickets expensive around the £135 mark when I last looked. Email me if you want me to search out what’s available for you.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES Tue 3 Jan, 2.30pm & Sat 7 Jan, 2.30pm Children under 5 may attend these performances, and up to two children under 16 can go free with each full paying adult.
Duckie : Royal Festival Hall, (Ages 6+) Southbank, Runs 16 Dec–24 Dec. Tickets from £14 + fees.
The Red Shoes (Matthew Bourne Ballet) Sadlers Wells, Runs 6 Dec – 27 Jan (RT’ 2 hrs). From £35 for stalls.
Peter Pan, National Theatre (Age 7+) Runs from 17 Nov to 4th Feb (RT tbc). From £22
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Southwark Playhouse SE1, Runs Dec 8th to Jan 8th. From £16 kids and £64 for a family ticket.
The Little Match Girl, Shakespeare’s Globe, Runs Nov 24th to Jan 21st. From £10 for standing tickets
The Wind In The Willows, Rose Theatre Kingston, Runs Dec 6th to Jan 3rd. From £10-£30 (various Family Ticket options)
All the Angels, Shakespeare’s Globe, Runs Dec 6th to Feb 12th. Fixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £15 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62
No Fit State Circus : Bianco, Hungerford Bridge Car Park Southbank, Runs Nov 23rd to Jan 22nd. Prices £39.50 £30 £25
Million Dollar Quartet, Royal Festival Hall, Saturday December 17 2016 – Monday January 2 2017. Tickets range from; £95 £79.50 £59.50 £49.50 £39.50 £20 (selected performances £95 £75 £55 £45 £35 £20)
Have you any suggestions and recommendations of shows I have missed out? Can you recommend any family friendly restaurants nearby the theatres ?