Family Easter Shows

London has been buzzing with theatrics this Easter holidays. There is still time to book tickets for a family treat. 

1. The Big One in Town

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Where is Peter Rabbit? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Our Verdict: Bella (aged 8) loved seeing the stories she knows so well coming to life. Initially the puppeteers were a bit off putting but once she got used to them she was able to ignore them and concentrate on the characters. The Fox was suitably scary, Mr Jeremy Fisher was great jumping around the stage and Mrs Tiggy Winkle was all spikes and floaty washing. She particularly enjoyed the singing and at the end all the children were clapping along to the music.
Mum was less impressed. She didn't think the flow from one story to the next worked and found the pre-recording narration got a bit lost. That said, it was a fun way to spend an hour in the holiday for a 4–7/8 yr olds. 
Until 28 April. Ages 3+.

2. Family Day Out at the Southbank

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Underbelly

The pop up Underbelly Festival is back at the Southbank until the end of the summer. On a sunny day, it is one of our favourite spots in town. Wander along the river, soak up the atmosphere, pop into a show.

Monstersaurus! from the team behind Aliens Love Underpants (an a&u fave) runs twice daily (11am and 1pm) up to and including Easter Monday. Kids aged 2–8 will have fun with monster-filled adventures.

You are just a short walk along from the Globe Theatre so why not debunk any myths that Shakespeare is inaccessible with a hilarious Romeo & Juliet from the Rubbish Theatre Company on Easter Sunday at 1.15pm. An all-male, all-silly, troupe present an hour of multi-roling, wigs, water, and floppy swords. 

Easter is just the start of a whole line up of theatre, circus, music, comedy and variety performances that will run until September so check out the website for full details.

3. Editor's Pick

The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens

The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens at the Unicorn

Our Verdict: Emily absolutely adored this inventive, imaginative joy of a show. Created in the Netherlands, a security guard is watching the empty stage, an actor is meant to be performing on it. Perfectly paced and pitched, who knew that Absurdist theatre could actually be side-splitting funny as well as making you think about time, place and purpose in life? Big questions addressed with the lightest of touches. It's on until 28 April but there are limited tickets available. If you have a child aged between 6 and 11, beg, borrow or steal. It is ACE!

Runs until 28 April. Tickets: £10–£16. Ages 6–11.

4. Instilling a Love of Dance

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My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty at Peacock Theatre

Specially adapted for little ones, the English National Ballet have perfected this magical introduction to ballet. A narrator helps the children follow the classic story of Aurora and her true love’s kiss, with a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful melodies. 

Runs until 27 April. Tickets: from £10. Ages 3+.

5. Dr Seuss' Crazy Feline is in Kingston 

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The Cat in the Hat at Rose Theatre

Make sure you catch the National Theatre's riotous show made in a co-production between the Rose and Curve this week.

Our Verdict: We were lucky enough to see it on opening night. Kids will love singing and dancing along to the catchy songs and getting splashed by water-guns. The sassy Cat and the Goldfish steal the show. 

On until this Sunday. Tickets: £15–£30. Ages 3+.

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