Our Local Theatre Guide
EAST LONDON THEATRE – October H/T
Box Office: 020 8507 5607
I Believe in Unicorns
Watch the bestselling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story come to life. This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. Ages 6+.
The Little Mermaid
Join the Little Mermaid on this underwater adventure. Help her find her feet with her friend Crab-Stick, under the guidance of her father and make sure the evil Ursula doesn't steal her voice!
28 Nov – 31 Dec
Jack and the Beanstalk
Get ready to roar with laughter and cheer our hero Jack on his magical journey to Blunderbore’s castle in the sky as he battles to save his best friend Daisy the cow.
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Box Office: 0844 249 1000
11 – 29 Dec
Nativity! The Musical
London’s favourite family Christmas musical returns for a third sensational year. Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.
Half Moon Young People’s E1
Box Office: 020 7709 8900 www.halfmoon.org.uk
Arthur’s Dream Boat
One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. Ages 2-8.
Same Same… But Different
A feel-good family show mixing Kathak, hip hop, contemporary and street dance, with live music and physical storytelling, to create a playful and colourful world exploring curiosities and fears.
Lily and the Baby Albatross
Tall Tree Theatre creates original stories full of live music and puppetry, all about exploring the big wide world.
14 – 16 Nov
Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny
Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Theatre of Widdershins will create gold on stage with their version of the Grimm’s classic tale.
21 – 23 Nov
Emily wakes up one bright autumn morning to find that her feet can’t touch the ground, and no one can understand why. To everyone’s surprise, Emily keeps rising higher and higher.
The O2 Greenwich
Box Office: 0844 856 0202
26 Dec – 5 Jan
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience with a cast of over 50 unforgettable Disney characters, leaving your whole family captivated with memories that will last them a lifetime.
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Box Office: 01708 443 333
The Pirate Squad & the Search for Mermaid’s Lagoon
Meet Captain Sid the Kidd and his squad on their first adventure to find treasure hidden at Mermaid’s Lagoon. Ages 2+.
22 – 23 Oct
Tabby is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears.
Back in Time for Breakfast
Join Millie on an adventure of a life time. With your help she must travel to different countries to save the planet. Featuring playful puppetry, interactive sets, imaginative storytelling and much more. Ages 3+
Papalarny the Magic Man
Papalarny the incredibly popular children’s entertainer, as seen on Channel 4, will be creating mind-blowing balloon models and performing his hilarious family magic show.
28 Nov – 5 Jan
This swash buckling actor musician panto, is twanging to the beats of pop hits from across the decades, traditional audience participation and laugh out loud family silliness.
Redbridge Drama Centre
Box Office: 020 8708 8803
Peace at Last
Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose, partners with Gallions Primary School to create a new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy’s much-loved picture book, which has been delighting families for generations.
Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem - now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! Ages 3+
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Inspired by the famous Aesop fable this wonderful play has a gifted ensemble of actor musicians who play the endearing characters, the hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two. Ages 3+
28 Nov – 7 Dec
Expect laughter, tears and magic in this brand-new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, brought to life by the warm-hearted mischief makers behind last year's sell out success, A Christmas Carol. Ages 5+
Southbank Centre SE1
Box Office: 020 7960 4200
19 Dec – 5 Jan
Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus. Ages 3+
Sir James Hawkey Hall Woodford
Box Office: 01992 524 462 www.woodfordpantomime.co.uk
1 – 12 Jan
Poor Rapunzel has been imprisoned in a tower in the woods by the wicked witch Gothel. Follow the hair-raising adventures as Prince Frederick and his friends try to rescue her from the evil old crone’s clutches. All ages.
Box Office: 020 8279 1080
Brave children can voyage into the mysterious unknown following two adventurers on a fantastical journey through space. This hit dance show comes complete with vivid costumes and eerie props. 7+.
Stella by Filskit Theatre is an original story about a young woman's quest to reclaim the night, to keep the stars shining bright and to save her home. Ages 3+
Same Same… But Different
With kathak, hip hop, contemporary dance, hints of live music and physical storytelling, enter a playful and colourful world to explore curiosities and fears, the times we feel different and when we belong. Ages 5+
28 Nov – 24 Dec
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Based on the much-loved classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this thrilling and funny adventure is the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family. Ages 2+
Theatre Royal Haymarket, SW1
Box Office: 020 7930 8800
9 Dec – 5 Jan
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful live show packed with magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning children’s play adapted from the classic family story of teatime mayhem.
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Box Office: 020 8534 0310
12 – 26 Oct
Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency
When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. A mad-cap adventure story for all the family!
23 Nov – 11 Jan
Join Dick Whittington and his cat on their awesome adventure to find fame and fortune in London. All ages.
Wilton’s Music Hall
Box Office: 020 7702 2789
29 Nov – 4 Jan
Christmas Carol - A Fairy Tale
Brought to you by the team that gave you the sellout The Box of Delights, expect spellbinding magic, haunting music, and petrifying puppets in this triumphant retelling. Ag