Half Term Theatre

What's on this October half term? Theatres Round Up!

With half term around the corner, now is the time to book an Autumn show. Whether you are looking for a first experience of theatre for tinies, fabulous puppets or catch the long runner you have missed; here is our pick of the crop:

Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster at Lyric Hammersmith

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There's trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl! She finds a cute little blue monster aboard her ship but little monsters grow into big greedy monsters – and this one wants his DINNER! 23–27 October. Ages 3–11.

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley at artsdepot

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Children can join the journey this half term to Moomin Valley where adventures are plentiful. A participating story-telling experience with puppets, ingenious set and original music. 24–28 October. Ages 3–7.

Under the Rainbow at Polka

One woman's journey as she crosses land and sea and befriends a turtle and a bird of paradise. 24 October–3 November. Ages 3–6.

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The Enormous Turnip at Jackson's Lane

Living in their tiny shed, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s amazing prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything. Before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed to try for one more champion vegetable... the only problem is the turnip won's stop growing! 23–27 October. Ages 3+.

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One Duck Down at Pleasance Theatre

Catch an original family show by FacePlant Theatre this October half term in Islington. 7000 rubber ducks, 7 seas, 1 big adventure! Find out what happens when thousands of rubber ducks are accidentally dumped in the Arctic Ocean and then scattered across the world by a might storm. 26–28 October. Ages 3+.

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Donaldson & Scheffler Magic

Pick your favourite story adaptation or book both shows for this half term! The Gruffalo's Child has a special limited run at Rose Theatre in Kingston (23–28 October), whilst Stick Man is on at Leicester Square Theatre all through the year. 

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Don Quixote

We are looking forward to taking older kids to the first London run of RSC's take on the Cervantes' classic. It promises to be a 'joyous, music-filled' show. Ages 8+. Opens 27th October at Garrick Theatre.

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Matilda the Musical

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Photo by Manuel Harlan

The new cast in Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre is stupendous. A perfect half term treat for kids of 6+.

On the Road

A wordless story told using sound, dance and movement that asks big questions such as 'What exactly makes a home?' and 'What does it feel like to be a refugee?'. 23–28 October at Unicorn Theatre. Suitable for ages 6–12.