Unmissable London Theatre Shows This Winter for Kids

It wouldn’t be winter without a trip to the theatre. Watching a play or a pantomime is a special treat for kids of all ages. There are some great shows to enjoy this winter, some of them old favourites and others new off the block.

To secure tickets to see a popular London show, you need to book tickets well in advance, as many shows sell out months ahead.

The latest Harry Potter extravaganza, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is sold out almost as soon as tickets are released. However, each Friday at 1 PM, 40 special tickets are released for both parts of the show, at a special price of £40. Visit this page and you can try your luck at buying up to two tickets.
Harry Potter is one of the top London Theatre shows this winter, but unless you are lucky enough to secure “Friday Forty” tickets or last-minute cancellations, you should check out the shows listed below. There are some truly unmissable shows in London this winter, so treat the kids – and yourself! – to a fabulous few hours at the theatre.

The Snowman

The Snowman, based on the much-loved book by Raymond Briggs, is a magical festive favourite for kids and adults. The show is beautifully performed, with stunning musical performances and choreography. There is even real snow!
You can take the kids to see The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre in Portugal Street, City of Westminster. The Snowman is on between 23 November and 31 December. Tickets are available direct from the theatre’s website and cost from £41.10. The show is 1 hour, 50 minutes long with a 20-minute interval in the middle.

The Gruffalo

Children’s favourite, the Gruffalo, is a magical adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Children aged 3 and above will love the tale of intrepid Mouse, as he takes a daring journey through the Wood in search of hazelnuts and tries to avoid becoming supper to a hungry Fox, an eccentric Owl, and a crazy snake.
This sell out show has toured the world, but you can catch it at the Pentland Theatre in London 24-29 November. Tickets are £14 or £11 for concessions. Please note, booster seats are not provided.

School of Rock

If your kids are budding rock superstars, they will love a trip out to the New London Theatre to see School of Rock. Based on the hit movie starring Jack Black, the stage show of School of Rock is tremendous fun. It received rave reviews during a successful run on Broadway, so you’re in for a real treat!
The School of Rock is on twice daily, apart from Tuesdays. Tickets are available online to buy on the theatre’s website from £18.30. The show is not recommended for under-fives.


As top London theatre shows go, Matilda is one of the best for kids. Based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, Matilda is an award-winning show about a very talented little girl who is determined to rewrite her destiny. If your kids loved the book and the movie, they will adore the way the original storyline had been given a slight twist!
Matilda the Musical is on at the Cambridge Theatre on Earlham Street in WC2. The show is recommended for kids aged 6-years and above. Tickets are available from £24.50 for matinee and evening performances, every day apart from Mondays.

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger is a wonderful new musical that received rave reviews when it opened at Southwark Playhouse. The Toxic Avenger is an aspiring scientist who meets an unfortunate fate when he’s thrown into a vat of toxic waste by corrupt officials. He is transformed into The Toxic Avenger, ready to take on the world as a new superhero!

Described as “an intoxicating blast of fun” in a 5-star review in the Daily Telegraph, The Toxic Avenger is enjoying an extended Autumn run at London’s Arts Theatre from 28 September to 3 December. Tickets are available from £21.90. The show is suitable for older kids aged 12+.

If none of the above shows fit the bill, consider taking the kids to see Aladdin, Wicked, Annie, or everyone’s favourite, The Lion King!

What theatre show are your children’s desperate to see this Winter?
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