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The best West End musicals and shows for kids in 2024

Here’s a run down of the best West End musicals to watch for kids and families.

From first theatre trips for younger theatre-goers to shows ideal for those a little older and teenagers, we round up the best picks currently in London this year.

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Wicked

Currently booking to 15 December 2024 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Age reccomendation: 7+

The magical tale reveals the 'true untold story' behind the Wizard Of Oz and just what happened before Dorothy dropped in. Featuring some of musical theatre's most iconic songs, such as Defying Gravity, Wicked will send your spirits soaring to heights you'll never forget.

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Matilda

Matilda the Musical

Currently booking to 25 May 2025 at the Cambridge Theatre

Age reccomendation: Recommended for ages 6+ Under 4s will not be admitted. All persons 16 of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be seated alone in the auditorium. All patrons, regardless of age, must have their own ticket.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, with original songs from comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda is the captivating musical masterpiece from the RSC that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

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Spirited Away

From 30 April 2024 to 24 August 2024 at the London Coliseum

Age reccomendation: 7+

Studio Ghibli's SPIRITED AWAY, created by legendary animator and director Hayao Miyazaki, has been re-imagined for the stage by Toho Theatrical Department and Olivier and Tony Award-winning director John Caird Les Miserables

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Operation Mincemeat

Currently booking to 16 November 2024 at the Fortune Theatre

Age reccomendation: 6+

A hilarious and sharp-witted musical that's received glowing reviews. The year is 1943 and we're losing the war. Luckily, we're about to gamble all our futures on a stolen corpse.

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Mean Girls The Musical

From 5 June 2024 to 27 October 2024 at the Savoy Theatre

Age reccomendation: 12+.

Meet The Plastics - Regina, Gretchen and Karen. They rule North Shore High and will burn anyone who gets in their way. Home-schooled Cady Heron may think she knows a thing or two about survival of the fittest thanks to her zoologist parents, but high school is a whole new level of savage. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a queen bee without getting stung.

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Mamma Mia! The Musical

Currently booking to 28 September 2024 at the Novello Theatre

Age reccomendation: 5+

Mamma Mia! follows Sophie's desire to discover the father she's never known which results in her mother coming face to face with three men from her distant romantic past.

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Frozen

Currently booking to 8 September 2024 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Age reccomendation: Recommended for ages 6+. Under 4s will not be admitted. All persons 16 of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be seated alone in the auditorium. All patrons, regardless of age, must have their own ticket and children must be able to sit in their own seat without assistance.

Based on the hit 2013 Disney movie of the same name, hit West End musical Frozen tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna as Elsa struggles to control her magical ice powers when she's crowned Queen.

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The Lion King

Currently booking to 19 October 2024 at the Lyceum Theatre

Age reccomendation: 4+

The Lion King is set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa. Exploding with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music, it tells the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

Currently booking to 3 November 2024 at the Duchess Theatre

Age reccomendation: Recommended for ages 8 and above. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted. Children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by and sat with an adult over 18 years of age

A play within a play, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the hapless members of the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. As they attempt to stage a performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor, a 1920s murder mystery play, a string of disasters strike the set and cast with hilarious consequences.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Currently booking to 23 March 2024 at the Peacock Theatre

Age reccomendation: Children under 5 will not be admitted. Parental discretion advised. Recommended for ages 14 and above.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn't quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight

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Shrek The Musical

From 19 July 2024 to 31 August 2024 at the Eventim Apollo

Age reccomendation: 14s and under to be accompanied by an adult. No under 3s permitted.

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Next summer you don't have to go Far Far Away to find an unforgettable experience. Join Shrek and his loveable side-kick Donkey at the iconic Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith as they embark on an action-packed adventure to rescue the beautiful, but cursed, Princess Fiona from a castle protected by a fearsome fire-breathing dragon.

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Sister Act

Currently touring until 5 October 2024

Age reccomendation: 7+

This brand new production of Sister Act continues its UK tour in 2024. Based on the hit movie, Sister Act tells the story of a singer who is forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program. Sister Act features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.

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Mrs. Doubtfire musical

Currently booking to 16 February 2025 at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Age reccomendation: This production is recommended for ages 6+.

A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Mrs. Doubtfire is the musical comedy we need right now.

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Back To The Future: The Musical

Currently booking to 22 December 2024 at the Adelphi Theatre

Age reccomendation: Suitable for general audience aged 6+. Under 4s will not be admitted. All persons 16 of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be seated alone in the auditorium. All patrons, regardless of age, must have their own ticket.

Back to the Future follows Marty McFly who finds himself travelling back in time 30 years thanks to a time-traveling DeLorean created by Dr. Emmett Doc Brown.

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The Choir of Man, Performed at the Arts Theatre West End, 2022.

Choir Of Man

Currently booking to 29 September 2024 at the Arts Theatre

Age reccomendation: 6+

The Choir of Man is the best trip to your local you'll ever have, featuring amazing reinventions of folk, pop, Broadway and rock chart-toppers from artists including Guns n Roses, Fun!, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia and many more. It's a party, it's a concert and it's a lock-in like no other.

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The Cast of SIX the Musical 1. Photography credit - Pamela Raith

Six

Currently booking to 28 April 2024 at the Vaudeville Theatre

Age reccomendation: 10+ Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

The crowning glory of the West End, Broadway and beyond, history is about to get over - throne in the homegrown hit musical sensation, SIX

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FANGIRLS

From 13 July 2024 to 24 August 2024 at the Lyric Hammersmith

Age reccomendation: 12+

Created by Yve Blake, this new musical explores the world of teenage fandom, focusing on a group of passionate fans of a fictional boy band called True Connection.

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