Book adaptations, dinosaurs, witches, detectives and well-loved classics. The family theatre line-up for summer is packed with amazing shows! We have grouped together the best plays for older kids just below and if you scroll down a bit further, you can read our picks for little ones as well.
Brand new theatre:
A new theatre is opening in July at White City Place, the former BBC Media Village in West London, and it has wonderful shows planned for the summer months. National Theatre's Peter Pan is perfect for kids aged 7+; little ones can meet the Monstersaurus, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Little Baby Bum gang.
For older kids:
A timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love. Whether you are taking your kids because they are fans of the books, or for a bit of a nostalgia-fest yourself, this show is top of our Summer list. The show runs 15 June–12 October. Tickets from £15.
We are big fans of Jill Murphy's Mildred Hubble and are hugely looking forward to the West End transfer for this stage adaptation from Theatre Royal, Plymouth. 24 July–8 Sept. Tickets from £20. Ages 7+.
Andy Stanton's hilarious, anarchic riot of a book turns into an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping musical extravaganza. We will be popping into a rehearsal next month so do check back for updates on how it is shaping up. 25 July–31 Aug. Tickets: £5–£45, under 18s half price. Ages 7+.
Calling all Anthony Horowitz fans! The Diamond Brothers Detective Agency is coming to Waterloo and we cannot wait! 17 July–25 Aug. Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets: £15–£35.
The popular TV programme hits the West End with its fun and fact-filled mix of the weird and wonderful world of scientific experiments, from exploding dustbins to supercharged spinning chairs. 31 July–1 Sept. Tickets from £17. Ages 6+.
The Regent's Park hit of the last two summers takes up residence at the Barbican this year. 4 July–24 Aug. Tickets: £15–£62.50. Ages 10+.
28 years ago he played the title role; Jason Donovan is back this time as Pharaoh. Sheridan Smith is Narrator. 27 June–8 Sept. Tickets: £20–£150.
Fun for little ones:
The Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure on board their Big Red Board. Perfect for ages 1+. Tickets from £14.50. 3-31 August.
photo by Pamela Raith
Mouse goes on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories' adaptation. A sure hit with little ones! 3 July–8 September. Tickets from £15. Suitable for ages 3+.
Scamp Theatre's adaptation of Julia Donaldson's picture book. Betty and Harry's wedding plans are all coming together until Harry leaves Betty’s side and the devilishly smooth Reginald Rake tries to take Harry’s place! 20 July–1 Sept. Tickets from £16. Ages 3+.
What's big, blue, bossy and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! David Walliams/Tony Ross picture book gets the Little Angel puppet treatment in this new adaptation. Until 4 Aug. Tickets: £13.50 adults, £11.50 children. Ages 3–8.
New interactive family show comes to London's newest theatre space! Dino-mite! 18 July–1 Sept. Tickets from £14. Ages 3+.