London theatres: best West End musicals and shows for families
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
The show really must go on after such a long break thanks to the pandemic, and we really can't wait to get back into town to catch all of these West End musicals and shows for families... Summer holidays sorted!
Mary Poppins (from 7 August)
We were lucky enough to catch this just before the Covid-situation shut theatres down last year, and it blew us up to the highest height and sent us soaring with delight for sure. Expect all the feelgood factor you got from the film and more with dazzling choreography, impressive effects and, of course, those toe-tapping unforgettable songs.
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, London W1D 4HS
The Lion King (from 29th July)
We absolutely adore catching shows with our own kids, so it will come as no surprise that we've seen The Lion King a few times before (both in London and Singapore). When it comes to a production that is quite simply mind-blowing, this is definitely it. Now in its 21st year in London, this award-winning West End musical is jam-packed with colour, effects, music and magic.
Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ
Billionaire Boy (from 17th July)
David Walliams’ theatre version of Billionaire Boy is coming back to London and we can't wait to see the page to stage adaptation which we're sure will be full of giggles, fun and delight. Smiles from the whole famalam guaranteed we reckon when we catch 12-year-old Joe Spud spending his billions on sports cars, crocodiles and other ridiculous extravagances when all he really wants is a friend...
Nimax Theatres, 11 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (from 14 October)
19 years after Harry, Ron, and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time joined by a brave new generation who face a new epic battle to stop mysterious forces. We had our tickets for this one shifted from last year and are finally catching it in November: it cannot come soon enough! Bring on the magic!
Palace Theatre, 113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY
Frozen the Musical (from 27th August)
We can't Let It Go when it comes to excitement levels for the stage adaptation of the smash hit Disney movie, Frozen. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, amazing scenery and, of course, all those songs: this is THE musical you're not going to want to miss if you have small Frozen fans in the fam.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF
Back to the Future The Musical (from 20th August)
Crank up your Flux Capacitor and get ready for a West End musical packed with 1.21 gigawatts of fun: yep, Back to the Future The Musical is flying into town and we can't wait! Expect all the fun of the movie and more with a cracking musical score by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and a script adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale from their original screenplay.
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2R 0NS
Matilda the Musical (From 16th September)
Another one we've been lucky enough to see before lockdown and one that really did stay with us: utterly charming and wonderfully funny this is a West End musical you need on your radar even if you think you don't like West end musicals! Following the story of an extraordinary little girl who dares to take charge of her destiny there's nothing we didn't love about Matilda the Musical!
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella (open now
This all-time classic fairy tale has been given the musical stage treatment by Andrew Lloyd Webber so you just know to expect the unexpected in this reinvented version.
Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
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