If you’re thinking of visting London with the family during the school holidays, why not take in a show while you’re there? We’ve picked out our favourite theatre breaks in the West End that are great for all the family to give you some inspiration.
Exactly what you wished for, a real feel good show for all the family with colourful costumes, superb scenery and dazzling special effects. All of the songs familiar from the popular Disney film are included as well as some new additions written specially for the stage production. Highlights of Aladdin the musical are the Cave of Wonders scene and the magic carpet ride. Genie-us!
2. School of Rock
For those about to rock…a brand new musical in the West End. School of Rock is based on the film starring Jack Black as a struggling musician who poses as a supply teacher at a posh prep school. With original songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and rock classics as featured in the film, a rockin’ good time will be had by all!
Based on Roald Dahl’s much loved book, Matilda has been playing to packed houses in the West End for more than five years. Featuring original songs written by Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin and all your favourite characters like the fearsome Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey and of course Matilda herself. The show won seven prestigious Olivier Awards in 2012, a record for a musical, and followed this up with five Tony Awards on Broadway the following year.
4. Lion King
Everyone’s favourite Disney film has now become everyone’s favourite musical and has been a fixture in the West End for over 15 years. The Lion King is famous for creative and clever costumes and well known songs like “Circle of Life”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Join your favourite characters like Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu for a great feel good family show.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. With its award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow – this is a show not to be missed!
6. Shakespeare’s Globe Tour & Exhibition
Okay so not technically a show but if the kids are studying Shakespeare this year then The Globe is a great place to visit. The tour takes you around the reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank where Shakespeare’s plays were first performed so you can soak up the atmosphere of this Elizabethan playhouse. If that has whetted your appetite for the Bard’s works then why not head to his hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon where Twelfth Night is being performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. And with upcoming performances of Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear, Shakespeare fans are really spoiled for choice in Stratford this year. The Swan Theatre are also running a new family-friendly exhibition called “The Play’s The Thing” with interactive, hands on exhibits aiming to inspire budding young thespians. Best of all, kids go free on Sundays and during the school holidays.
Are you planning a theatre break with the family this half term? Let us know which show (or shows!) you’re going to see in the comments section below…