Thanks to the miserable weather, Winter is an ideal time to take your kids to the best shows in London. And when it comes to children’s shows, you’re well served. The capital offers you practically everything your kids could want, from comedies to productions that take you on a magical fairytale adventure to enchanting lands. So maybe it is time to book one of those great kids shows in London that family can enjoy all together after a quick family dinner in the city.

Here’s what’s on offer this Winter in 2020:

1. Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre

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Suitable for Children over 7+

Show runs until July 2020

Mary Poppins has long been a kids’ favourite on the big screen, but his winter, you can watch it performed live at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. The show tells the incredible story of London nanny Mary Poppins with strobe lighting, smoke effects and a comprehensive soundtrack.

Starring Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins, Charlie Stamp as Bert and Joseph Millson and Mr Banks, it’s the perfect way to introduce children aged seven and up to this classic tale.

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2. Luzia by Cirque du Soleil – Royal Albert Hall 

Suitable for Children over 5+

Shows runs between 7 February and 21 February 2020

Luzia by Cirque du Soleil is one of the most eclectic shows at the theatre in 2020. The production takes you on a surreal tour of an imaginary Mexican setting where the actors and actresses act out a waking dream. The show is excellent for kids because it delivers the unexpected.

The production team cleverly uses the stage for dramatic entrances and acrobatic performances, holding your attention. The soundtrack also features both traditional and modern sounds of Mexico.

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3. Wild – Unicorn Theatre 

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Suitable for Children 2 – 6 years

Show runs between 17 Mar – 3 May 2020

Wild is similar in spirit to Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. It is based on the story by Emily Hughes and follows a child who grows up in nature. Eventually, she makes contact with other creatures that look strikingly similar to her, leading to all sorts of exciting twists and turns.

If your children want a new perspective on life, then this production at the Unicorn Theatre will undoubtedly open their eyes to a world of possibilities.

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4. The Pixie and the Pudding – Little Angel Theatre

Suitable for Children 4 – 11 years

Show runs until 2 February 2020

It was the night before Christmas, and everything on the farm was going smoothly. The chickens were safely in their coop, and the pigs and cows were fast asleep in the barn. The fire was roaring, and everything was set for a beautiful holiday season.

But when Charlie and her dad move to the farm, things start to go wrong. The cows are bad-tempered, the chickens won’t lay their eggs, and even the cockerel won’t crow. Little do they know that they know that the root of all their woes lies with a certain pixie and a pudding that she likes to eat on Christmas eve.

The Pixie and the Pudding is a fun, puppet-based show that borrows heavily from Scandinavian folklore. It is showing at the Little Angel Theatre this winter.

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5. Enjoy different plays – Half Moon Theatre 

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Suitable for Children over 2+

The Half Moon Theatre has long celebrated the tradition of children’s theatre, and this year is no exception.

Here you can see Thumbelina, a production that follows the story of a little girl who is so small she can sit on the back of a dragonfly. Also on is Mimi and the Mountain Dragon and the class tale of Tom Thumb. Other shows include Igloo, Paper Aeroplane and The Bird Show which combines puppetry with silly bird jokes. Tickets start at £7 each.

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6. All Wrapped Up – Stratford Circus Arts Centre

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Suitable for Children under 5s

Show runs on 17 & 18 January 2020

All Wrapped Up is a mysterious show that uses light, shadow and music to create stunning visual on-stage effects. The story follows a group of semi-magical characters in a wintery theme who explore strange new lands to a stunning soundtrack.

While the show caters for under-fives, it uses directional lighting and can get very dark at some points. The show can also be loud at times, so the theatre offers ear defenders to all guests.

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7. The Prince of Egypt – Dominion Theatre 

Suitable for Children over 7+

Show starts from 5 February 2020

The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre is a critically acclaimed musical from the composer of Godspell and Wicked and based on the film of the same name. It follows the story of the ancient Jews and their escape from bondage in Egypt, as described in the Jewish holy book.

Expect some stunning sights and sounds as well as a critically-acclaimed musical score. We finally going to see one the best London new musical shows so your kids will be pleased!

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8. The Patient Horse and the Dutiful Donkey – Royal Festival Hall 

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Suitable for Children 2 – 5 years

Show runs on 12 January 2020

The Patient Horse and the Dutiful Donkey is a musical by Telemann based on Don Quichotte’s weird and wonderful adventures, specially designed for children between the ages of two and give. The experience is primarily orchestral and attempts to recreate the tale of the horse and donkey in sound, captivating even the youngest of music-lovers.

Tickets are on sale right now for £9. Children can meet the musicians in the foyer after the performance and learn more about the instruments that they play. If you’ve ever wanted to hear what a lowly donkey and an upper-class horse sound like in musical form, then this is the show for you.

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9. Shen Yun – Eventim Apollo 

Suitable for Children over 7+

Show runs between 17 January and 26 January 2020

China is playing an increasingly important role on the world stage. Still, for most of the twentieth century, it was a country of legends in the west – a billion or more people going about their lives in utter secrecy. Now, though, that’s all changed. China is keen to show the world what it is all about on the stage – literally.

Shen Yun at the Eventim Apollo tells the story of more than five thousand years of the country’s history, running from the ancient dynasties up to the modern-day. Shen Yun paints a somewhat flattering image of Chinese culture through a combination of dance and theatrics. It also tells the story of how various eastern philosophers sought enlightenment through traditional Daoist practices and the importance of concepts like virtue, miracles and the intersection of heaven and Earth.

If you want to be mesmerized by dozens of highly choreographed and disciplined dancers lining up on stage performing complex routines, then Shen Yun should be on your itinerary.

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10. Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre

Suitable for Children over 7+

This classic 1988 Roald Dahl story has been turned into a great musical that has been played since December 2010. Currently shown at the great Cambridge Theatre in London’ West End, the show is a great entertainment for families with kids over 5 years old. Expect to be enchanted by the performance of these actor kids. Book your tickets here.

So which of these kids shows in London would your children be interested in?

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