Take a look at some of the best family-friendly plays and musicals now showing in London’s West End, and discover world-class theatre performances that will get both kids and adults singing along.
Get your wands at the ready for one of the most hotly anticipated shows coming to London’s West End this summer. The eighth adventure of the world-renowned Harry Potter series, created by author J.K. Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, is set 19 years after the last Harry Potter book. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the story delves into Harry’s past while introducing new characters, such as his youngest son, Albus Potter. The show is divided into two parts, which can be watched either in a day or on consecutive nights, and the official opening is on July 30, 2016. Tickets may already be sold out until next year but, every Friday at 1pm, 40 tickets will be released online for each performance in the following week, and you can get some of the best seats in the house for an amazingly low price. Discover Harry Potter at the Palace Theatre, but not as you know it.
Explore a whole new world in Disney’s classic hit film Aladdin, which comes to life at the Prince Edward Theatre this summer. Treat the kids to the joys of a live West End show and enjoy the bright costumes, beautiful special effects and gripping storyline of the soon-to-be summer smash hit. It features much-loved favourites from the award-winning score, such as Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights, as well as new music written especially for this production. Get ready for a magic carpet ride that’s filled with make-believe adventures, extravaganzas and theatrics you’ll want to see again and again.
See the untold story of the witches in Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, one of the West End’s longest-running shows. Enjoy the cast’s spellbinding singing performances and beautiful costume design, and feel part of the story with the incredible reimagined Land of Oz. Now in its 10th year, come and celebrate this magical tale, with performances eight times a week.
Stroke of genius
Discover Matilda the Musical, Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s tale of an extraordinary child with special powers. The multi-award-winning family show at the Cambridge Theatre continues to delight audiences of all ages with its original music and lyrics, created by comedian Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Be amazed at this heartwarming play with flying theatrics and hanging swings, that’s ideal for all theatregoers aged six and older.
Curiosity killed the dog
See the adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel in this darkly comic, moving tale told from a 15-year-old-boy’s perspective. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre uses visual elements, dynamic acting and stunning stage design to take audiences inside teenager Christopher Boone’s autistic mind. The story unfolds as Christopher discovers that Wellington, the neighbour’s dog, is dead, speared by a garden fork. Follow his journey as he tries to discover who killed the dog and uncovers greater mysteries along the way. Although the play is more suited towards 11-year-olds and up, it’s a thought-provoking theatrical family outing that doesn’t rely on singing and dancing.