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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.