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Top London shows to keep the kids entertained this half term


By Milly First Published 17 October 2023, Last Updated 17 October 2023

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the next school break since the summer holidays, but it’s true – the October half term is just around the corner.

As the months get colder, it can be hard to know how to keep the kids entertained, but there are so many fun things on offer, particularly in London’s theatreland!

Below are some of our favourite shows on offer in the half term for all ages.


Take your teens

Dear England, The Prince of Wales Theatre

Inspire your kids to dream big at this revolutionary play. Dear England is the smash-hit tale of the 2016 Euros, spotlighting the life changing experience of the young players, and the notorious leadership of England manager, Gareth Southgate.

Following a sell out run at the National Theatre, the production transferred to the West End and is booking until 13 January.


The Little Big Things, @sohoplace

Young Henry was an ambitious teenager and budding athlete, with plans and aspirations to become a professional rugby player, before a tragic accident changed the course of his life forever.

The Little Big Things is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary young man. Based on the true story and best-selling autobiography of Henry Fraser, this new musical shows you just how precious life is, and how quickly it all can change.


Shows for younger kids

Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Visit the magical village of Arendelle, where your child’s favourite film comes to life. At Disney’s Frozen, you’ll hear all the iconic songs you know and love and be reunited with characters that bought you so much joy the first time around.

As we move into the colder months, there is no better time to visit this incredible show.


Matilda The Musical, Cambridge Theatre

This production follows the story of a young girl with an incredible mind. Despite being hampered by unscrupulous, uncaring parents who care neither for their daughter or for education, she excels intellectually and even discovers a rather unique talent.

Matilda The Musical brings Roald Dahl’s much love story, to the stage (aswell as the big screen!). The globally renowned show from Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company is one of the longest running musicals in London, but still feels fresh, new and exciting.


Fun for all the family

Mrs Doubtfire, Shaftesbury Theatre

An old favourite for the parents is transformed into a new, exciting production for everyone to enjoy. Bring the family together at Mrs. Doubtfire, which is dazzling and delighting audiences at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

The show follows the story of divorced Daniel Hillard, who hatches an elaborate plan to get back into his families lives, following a messy custody battle with his ex-wife. Mrs Doubtfire is sure to tug on the heartstrings and make you laugh until you cry.


Six The Musical, Vaudeville Theatre

Make history lessons fun with a family trip to London’s hit musical – Six.

Prepare to lose your head and experience the Tudor Wives’ as you’ve never seen them before, as they turn back the clock and take to the stage to reclaim their crowns and retell their stories of love, loss and the infamous ex they all have in common.


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