Great Theatre Shows Kids Will Love in London
Taking your kids for a play, musical, or pantomime is a great way of instilling the love of theatre in them. And there is no better place to start than in the city of London. The capital has many venues, which host shows tailor-made for families and young audiences. Let’s take a closer look at four great theatre shows kids will love in London.
We all remember Lion King, a Disney cartoon classic. Now, imagine watching the musical adaptation of the animated story of a pride of lions from the Serengeti plains in East Africa. That is what’s in store for your family at the Lyceum theatre in London.
The musical is set to Elton John's music, and has a cast of 25 species of animals. All manner of fish, birds, animals and insects take to the stage as you follow Simba, the main character, on his adventures. The special effects and fancy costumes are guaranteed to leave your kids speechless, and wanting to come back for more.
This is an adaptation of another animated Disney film. Due to its success on Broadway, the production company behind the musical decided to bring it to Prince Edwards Theatre in London's West End, an area noted for having some of the best London hotels. And in keeping with the original story, Aladdin, the musical, follows a young street urchin of the same name who is determined to win the heart of a princess, and defeat a wicked Grand Vizier.
A host of quirky characters come to his aid, including a magic carpet and a genie who offers him three wishes. To accompany the action, you have notable music, such as the unforgettable 'A Whole New World', and an award-winning cast.
The musical Wicked centres around two witches from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It takes you back to their early life as young sorcery students and friends, to find the roots of their enmity. You follow their lives and discover how they transformed into the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The story is a fresh take on an otherwise familiar story, as it takes you behind the scenes of the tale of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. So successful has Wicked been, that five million people have watched it since it premiered 10 years ago. You can be one of them. Watch it at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
This show is a must-see for Michael Jackson fans. Showing at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End, the musical showcases the musical icon’s greatest hits. Music from the Jackson 5 is also thrown in. So, expect great dance routines, non-stop hits, and, of course, zombies from Thriller, the title track.
Taking your kids to a good play or musical is a great way to spend time as a family. And lucky for you, some great ones are showing in London. So don’t hesitate to consider one of these shows next time you’re out on a town.