Keeping the little ones entertained isn’t always an easy task, but in a city that’s famed for its theatrical offering, surely there’s a show or two to keep them smiling? Owner of Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop, Louise Heard shares her guide to the city’s best children’s theatres.
Now this is what you would call a theatre with a difference – the fact that it’s floating on the Thames for a start… This converted barge has been entertaining children for over 30 years and the magical experience begins as soon as the little ones climb aboard. Puppets and music are artfully incorporated into the show for an unforgettable performance. Usually moored in Little Venice, come summertime the barge travels to the banks of Richmond, so do check online before you go in search of the buoyant theatre.
Little Angel Marionette Theatre
A home for puppetry since the 1960s, the Little Angel in Islington has long been delighting audiences with their programme of puppet shows suitable for both children and adults. They have their own in-house shows, but also host various puppet shows from all over the world. As well as the shows themselves, there are regular workshops and fun days that you can attend.
Founded in the 1940s, and housed within a purpose-built theatre in London Bridge since 2005, the Unicorn Theatre has a longstanding history of entertaining kids. The foyer is the perfect place to relax or play pre- or post-show – and ensure you leave time to visit the unicornershop for books, games and keepsakes.
Shakespeare’s Globe Family Tours
A great introduction to Shakespeare, this tour is aimed at 7-11 year olds (although younger and older kids are welcome too). They will be immersed into a world of amazing poetry and prose and they will get to learn all about the fascinating theatrical experiences of yesteryear.
The Lyric Hammersmith
West London’s largest theatre, located in the heart of Hammersmith, The Lyric has a dedicated Little Lyric programme for kids with puppet and storytelling shows on Saturday mornings. Also, look out for extra workshops and shows during half-term holidays.