Taking your kids to theatre productions can be a fantastic way to get them to truly appreciate the arts, and it may even inspire them to pursue the arts themselves. If you are in London, there are a host of theatre productions that you can attend, but some are better suited to kids than others. If you are in search of the best options for your family, continue reading for a short list of four of the best theatre productions in London that your kids are sure to love.
1. School of Rock
The film School of Rock, which starred Jack Black, was released in 2003, and it has since been adapted to the live stage and has already become a beloved Broadway production, winning critical acclaim and being nominated for the Tony Award. The production will open at the New London Theatre in November of 2016, with previews in October. Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for providing the music for the School of Rock musical, which is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces as it combines catchy songs with comedy and a great storyline.
2. The Lion King
If your kids absolutely loved the animated Disney movie, The Lion King, they will definitely enjoy the musical version of this beloved story about a lion named Simba who is living in Africa and who struggles to become the king of his pride. The famous characters of the film are brought to life on stage in dazzling costumes and with incredible special effects, and the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice are sure to have your kids singing long after the show is over. Directed by Julie Taymor, this show lasts 160 minutes.
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Another beloved children’s tale that has been brought to life by the theatre world of London is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This musical is a lot of fun to watch, and it is a really spectacular production that is now entering its fourth, and final, season in the city’s West End. So take your kids to see the chocolate garden and meet the famous Oompa-Loompas before it is too late.
One of the most popular musicals of all time is Wicked, which is fun for both adults and kids. Showcasing the early life of the wicked witch from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this production is actually based upon Gregory Maguire’s novel, which serves as a prequel to L Frank Baum’s work. This must-see hit is considered one of the best of all of the West End musicals, and once you see it, you will fully understand why it has become a global phenomenon enjoyed by millions. Joe Mantello is the director, and the musical runs for 165 minutes.
These are just a few of the many theatre productions that are found throughout London and that are ideal for children. Be sure to bring your kids for a fun day or night at the theatre that they will never forget.