We love a good show here at Young Londonist, from theatres to baby cinema, circus through to live music or ballet – we have compiled the best London has to offer.
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The Tigon and the Liger
The Tales from the Shed team proudly present a brand new show about appreciating your differences, and learning to love the skin you’re in. The show runs from 13th April until 18 April at Chickenshed Theatre.
Weather the Whether at Unicorn Theatre
A show by Reckless Sleepers with no spoken language, plenty of sound effects and visuals to entertain your brood from toddlers through to young adults – the play explores weather and asks the big questions like why are there puddles and sometimes not? How can it be sunny and rainy all at once and much more. The show is running until 10th March – book tickets here.Prom Praise for Schools at the Albert Hall features a choir of over 3000 children, accompanied by the All Souls Orchestra, and including special guest artists comedian Paul Kerensa, Rap Artist Faith Child, Performers from West End has Faith and Springs Dance Company. 19 March from 6pm – Suitable for older children. This show is currently sold out.
Sound pit at Southbank Centre gives children and adults the opportunity to explore their individual sense of sound, vision and touch and be the composers of their own masterpiece. For those interested in art and music, and those who simply enjoy sensory play, this is a fun, interactive experience. Until 2 June £8 book here.
The Pirates of Penzance celebrate 150 years since work began on building Cutty Sark with Merry Opera in this exuberant production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Enjoy an evening of sentimental pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adventures, improbable paradoxes –and realistic women. 21, 22 & 23 March Suitable for ages 9+ (Admission £28 and includes a drink) Doors open 19.00, Show starts 19.45
The Insect Circus at Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice features beetles, grasshoppers, wasps and dragonflies demonstrating their dexterity with humour and skill. Presented using marionettes and without words. The performance is on 30 March and this show is suitable for ages 3+. Ticket price is £13 for adults and £9 for children. Check availability and book here.
The Flying Bath at Little Angel Theatre in Islington shows the exciting adventures our bath toys get into when everyone leaves the house each morning. The show is suitable for ages 2-5 and costs £13.50 for adults and £11.50 for children aged 1 to 15. The venue is running a promotional Friday Fives event when all tickets are £5 for a 5pm performance. The show is running until April 20th. For availability & tickets check here.
Melting, Shifting, Liquid World at National Maritime Museum is a Concert of an an immersive, site-specific piece by composer Hollie Harding, for Trinity Laban string ensemble and electric viola soloist Nic Pendlebury and explores the theme of climate change. The work blurs the boundaries between the individual and the shared experience, utilising leading edge technology to create a multi-layered, dual-listening environment. 16 March
5.00pm | 7.30pm | 9.30pm at National Maritime Museum,
Admission is free but a ticket required – audience limited to 100 per performance Age: 10+
The Polar Bears Go Go Go at Unicorn Theatre is a show where the audience joins two very loveable but slightly hapless Polar Bears on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? suitable for ages 2 plus and with performances between 26 March and 28 April. Ticket prices are from £10. For more details and to book a ticket check this page here.
Big Stories from the Little Box by Chickenshed Theatre brings theatre to West London with puppetry, storytelling, movement and music. The sessions are free to attend, suitable for 0-5 year olds and are taking place within Kensington & Chelsea children’s centres. Full details are available here. Booking in advance is required – and check the attending policy if you do not live in the Borough.
Ted’s Space Adventure: a special under-7s show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Follow the adventures of Ted as he searches the Solar System for the great, big bear in the sky, visiting the Sun, the Moon and the Planets. In collaboration with local schools, music and songs have been developed by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Dates throughout March £8.00 Adult | £5.35 Child | £5.35 Concession
Out of this world at Little Angel Theatre uses micro-cinema technology to explore distant planets and rocky terrains. It includes audience interaction and a post-show discussion covering earth, outer space and everything in between. A thought provoking and fun experience for children and families where you can have your say on how we can make our planet, galaxy and universe a better place. Running until Sunday 5th May the show is suitable for ages 7-11 and costs £13.50 full-price for adults and £11.50 for children aged 1 – 15. Book tickets here.
Music is for Life : Liquid History Join Merton Music Foundation to experience the energy of 1,500 young singers and instrumentalists at the spectacular Music is for Life: Liquid History concert at the Royal Albert Hall to showcase the very best musical talent that the London Borough of Merton has to offer. 20 March at 7pm, tickets from £12 – book here.
100% Chance of Rain by Chickenshed Theatre combines music, movement and story and is inspired and linked by the issues of mental health. Suitable for ages 12+ with ticket price of £5 for young people, book here.
Baby Broadway Family Concert at Chickenshed Theatre Southgate Enjoy well-known musical numbers from your favourite shows and films, all performed by amazing West End singers. You can also expect bubbles, puppetry, dance moves and lots of audience interaction – join in as much or as little as you want to! Thursday 21 March 10am and 11:15am free to babies under 6 months £6 for the rest. Open to all ages from newborns to school age to grandparents.
The Cat in the Hat at Rose Theatre Kingston inspired from the Dr Seuss series and the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way? Wed 10 Apr – Sun 21 Apr. The show is suitable for all ages with tickets starting from £10, book here.
Prince Charming at Little Angel Theatre
It’s a lot of pressure being Prince Charming. There’s all those dragons to fight and kingdoms to save, not to mention being charming all the time. It’s enough to make anyone a little worried. Suitable for ages 6-11 cost is £14 for adults and £12 for children aged 1 – 15 and concessions. Running until 7 April; for availability & to book tickets check here.
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse at the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice shows how each mouse ends up wiser after visiting the other. Suitable for all ages and running until 24th March – book here.
My Shadow and Me at the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice
One person (and his shadow) meet and go on an incredible, imaginative, shadowy journey where creatures emerge, engage and transform beautifully. Suitable from ages 4+ runs from 14 April; book here.
The Boy who wanted to fly at Lyric Theatre.
Billy is poorly. He’s stuck in a hospital room and it’s miserable! But all that’s about to change, join in with this powerful story which highlights the power of laughter as a healing tool. 16 March £8 Suitable for ages 5-11.
Meet the Neighbours is an interactive and entertaining show for ages 5 and over at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. You can decide which planets to visit, vote with the audience on which planets to explore in depth, before moving beyond to explore neighbouring stars and galaxies far away in the depths of space. Throughout March at 1:15pm and 3:30 £8.00 Adult | £5.35 Child | £5.35 Concession