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West End kids

Heading to the big smoke this half term? Keep the mudlets entertained with our pick of the best kids' theatre.

Heading to London? Shopping, cocktails, some precious ‘me time’. Uh, no. The kids are coming too, which means Shake Shack and Build A Bear. So why not book a show? At least you can put your feet up… Check out our pick of the best kids’ theatre in town this October half-term.

Aladdin, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Tue 31 Oct to Thu 2 Nov

A cave of riches is waiting to be explored in David Bintley’s glittering production of the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with the magic lamp. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects, beautiful choreography and a larger-than-life Chinese lion. sadlerswells.com

 

Annie, Piccadilly Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

Heads up on this one – tickets are going fast so book yours now to see uber-bitch Craig Revel Horwood high-kicking, falling over and passing out as Miss Hannigan. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some legwarmers to put on… anniewestend.com

 

School of Rock, New London Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight –A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out. schoolofrockthemusical.com

 

Burglar Bill, Lyric Hammersmith, Tue 24 to Sat 28 Oct

Join Pied Piper Theatre Company in a fun and engaging stage adaptation of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s charming picture book. lyric.co.uk

 

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage. Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award®-winning film including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, prepare to experience the unmissable ‘theatrical magic’ (Daily Telegraph) that is Aladdin. aladdinthemusical.co.uk

 

Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny. uk.matildathemusical.com

 

Little Red Riding Hood, Polka Theatre, Wed 25 to Sun 29 Oct

Join two performers as they retrace Red Riding Hood’s path in the shadowy woods, constantly swapping characters – as if playing a game. But of course, they are really vying to be The Wolf. polkatheatre.com

 

The Hunting of the Snark, Rose Theatre, Kingston, Tue 24 to Sat 28 Oct

The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in a sparkling musical comedy adventure for four to 94 year olds. snarkthemusical.com

 

42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, throughout Oct and Nov

Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton joins an all singing, high-kicking cast as Dorothy Brock with Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer. 42ndstreetmusical.co.uk

 

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre, until April

A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, but in a town where everyone’s a crook and even security guards can’t be trusted, what could possibly go wrong? Delivering swag loads of laughter, Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy. thecomedyaboutabankrobbery.com

 

Jane Eyre, National Theatre, South Bank, until Sat 21 October

Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre returns to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre and a major UK tour. From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. Don’t miss this wonderful co-production with the Bristol Old Vic – it’s not on for long! nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

Cirque Eloize, Peacock Theatre, until Sat 21 Oct

Saddle up for a journey to the Wild West as world leaders in contemporary circus Cirque Éloize blast back to the West End with their new show. Their trademark blend of spectacular circus and drama creates the colourful characters swinging through the saloon doors. sadlerswells.com/peacock-theatre

 

Laika, Unicorn Theatre, until Sun 12 Nov

Laika, the space dog: the first living creature to orbit earth.A moving sci-fi adventure, inventively and beautifully told using puppetry, movement and music. Don’t miss this one – it’s an absolute delight! unicorntheatre.com

 

An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams, has taken the West End by storm, with standing ovations from the public and a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from UK critics. anamericaninparisthemusical.co.uk

 

Young Frankenstein, Garrick Theatre, throughout Oct and Nov

From the brains behind The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman. youngfrankenstein.co.uk

 

Around the World in 80 Days, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Sun 31 Oct to Sat 4 Nov

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock. An ensemble cast of eight play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant. 80dayslive.com

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