This Spring theatres across London are bringing all the best children's books to life on stage. Read our a&u round-up of the best shows to book now for April!
Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’s enormously popular story is on stage until 22nd April. See the magical tale of the mermaid who joins a travelling circus, and find out whether she will ever escape! For ages: 3–8. Tickets: £13.50 adults, £11.50 children.
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The beloved poem (which has just been published as a picture book) is now a musical adaptation! Two brothers and the disappearance of a chocolate cake - this will surely be a hit! 23 March–13 May. Recommended for ages 4+. Tickets: £13.50, £10 concs.
balletLORENT returns with a new dance-theatre adaptation for this weekend only. Families can be immersed in the well-known story of Rumplestiltskin and go on a magical journey of spinning wheels, king, queens and mistaken identities. 30-31 March. For ages 7+. Tickets: £18 adults, £12 children.
Roald Dahl's beloved tale will be running at the Rose Theatre in Kingston this Easter. See what concoction George cooks up for his cruel Grandmother live on stage. This will surely be a perfect treat for the Easter holidays. 28 March–7 April. Tickets: £10–£30. Ages: 5+.
Puppetry, vaudeville and magic at the Globe for ages 10+. Inspired by the beautiful and devastatingly sad Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Little Match Girl, and combining Andersen’s other tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina. Click on the header to read our review from 2016 and find out why we were blown away by this show. 27 March–21 April. Tickets: £10–£48.
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing story. Definitely worth booking now as tickets are selling out fast! 24–28 April. Tickets from £29.35.