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"Great way of getting kids to the theatre at a good price!…"
We always use Kids Week (which isn't actually a week but a month in August) whereby if you buy an adult ticket you get a child one free which is excellent value. We buy tickets every year and have seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King and Matilda. We couldn't actually afford the tickets otherwise. I thoroughly recommend it, but be quick. The best seats get sold out really quickly. Kids Week also do theatre related activities which are brilliant and fill up some time in the long summer holidays.Read moreLess
"Fantastic way to intro your kids to theatre…"
This is one of those brilliant things that organised people always seem to be doing and I always miss. Last year, though, I managed to snag a couple of press invites for dd (8) and I to a Mamma Mia workshop and performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and it was FAB.
The children spent the afternoon learning one of the numbers from the show - on the actual Mamma Mia stage! - with the help of some of the cast and the choreography team. DD's expression lurched from serious concentration - it's a proper, quite challenging routine - to ecstasy at the thrillingness of it all.
The workshop team were superb with the kids - and got a huge amount out of them. They were encouraging and cheerful, but expected - and got - everyone to do their best. In an hour and a half the kids had learnt it off pat and gave a proper performance for the grown-ups (most of whom had nipped out for a bit of shopping) with real lights, props etc. I almost succumbed to stage-mother-itis, it was all so damn thrilling. Dd was properly proud of herself.
Later that night we watched the show, with the real cast going through the same routine - again, dd ecstatic, doing the hand motions in her seat.
There are lots of different shows available with different levels of discount and/or workshops/extras. Definitely not all for girls either. It's a really brilliant initiative which aims to open the West End up to a new audience - granted, it's still not the cheapest day out you could have in London, but it compares well with other tourist-y things and ime was infinitely more magical than the usual London Town rat-run.
This year I'm aiming to take DS (10) to something more grown-up (he's not seen a play before, is a bit of an Ac-tor), so am watching anxiously for announcements.Read moreLess
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