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London musical for 3 year old?

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KatyS36 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:02:05


We are spending a few days in london and hoping to go to a matinee show. DD is 3 and has been to a few similar things and we know she will sit for a hour and a half, longer if interval and bribery with chocolate.

Any suggestions for a good show that is child friendly that we would all enjoy? We would obviously abandon if DD wouldn't settle and risked disturbing others.



SirBoobAlot Sat 05-Jan-13 22:04:37

Room on the Broom is currently showing, am considering taken 3yr old DS at some point.

happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 22:07:35

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CoolaSchmoola Sat 05-Jan-13 22:07:49

Lion King, Matilda, Seussical, Shrek?

happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 22:09:10

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Cezzy Sat 05-Jan-13 22:10:39

Check with the theatre bwfore buying as some have age limits

Sirzy Sat 05-Jan-13 22:12:44

lion king isnt recommended for under 6s IIRC

happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 22:13:24

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happynewmind Sat 05-Jan-13 22:15:28

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Picturesinthefirelight Sat 05-Jan-13 22:18:34

Neither lion king or Matilda would be suitable for a 3 year old.

The stampede in lion king & dumb as fathers ghost are scary and when I went two 4-5 year olds had to be taken out sobbing

Matilda (though fabulous ) is quite dark and intense at times. A 3 year old would get fidgety. The acrobat & escapologist bits of the story would be hard going

Not seen Shrek though I would imagine its a bit more upbeat. A lot of west end theatres don't allow under. 5s in.

Millais Sat 05-Jan-13 22:24:45

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Wallison Sat 05-Jan-13 22:33:00

Why would you take your child to something that would scare them? I mean, yes, I'm sure I could get my son to hide in my coat if I took him to the local pub and it all kicked off, but that doesn't mean that it's a suitable environment for him.

Room on the Broom sounds good. But please don't take your child to something that isn't recommended for her age group; she will probably end up spoiling it for the rest of the audience, especially if you're fucking around with chocolates and other sweetie bribes (rustling, passing things around etc.); it's just immensely annoying when people do that.

WeAreSix Sat 05-Jan-13 22:38:53

My 4yo was terrified at Shrek, despite living the film. Dragon coming out into the audience was a step too far.

Personally I was more traumatised by Kimberley Walsh's performance...

WeAreSix Sat 05-Jan-13 22:40:19

No, not living the film. Loving the film. We do not live in a fairy tale creature infested swamp unless it's school holidays

nancy75 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:42:48

Room on the broom or the snowman.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 05-Jan-13 22:42:52

I'd be traumatised at that too I think

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 05-Jan-13 22:44:02

I'd be traumatised at that too I think

TheMysteryCat Sat 05-Jan-13 22:45:40

Go to the little angel theatre. They have beautiful children's shows.

There are a number of specialist children's theatres that will offer much more suitable and magical theatre for that age group and won't cost a fortune.

Millais Sat 05-Jan-13 23:10:08

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KatyS36 Sun 06-Jan-13 20:43:48

HI all,

Thanks for your suggestions. Will check out room on the Broom and the little angel theatre.


themousetookastroll Sun 06-Jan-13 22:33:04

The polka theatre in Wimbledon is fab too. We saw 'too many penguins' recently and ds1 (3) was gripped - only 45 mins long, so easier for toddler attention spans, and the theatre cafe is great

Worley Sun 06-Jan-13 22:38:39

ds2 loved the lion kind when he was 5.. I wante to take him to see shrek this year (now 6 1/2) and he doesn't want to as it looks scary in the tv adverts!! so there we are..
might look up room on the broom though..
lion king has started his love affair with the theatre though and we've been to several local productions this year.. smile

difficultpickle Sun 06-Jan-13 22:40:38

I wouldn't take a 3 year old to a musical if I knew I may well have to abandon it at some stage. West End show tickets are expensive, even for matinees. The Unicorn Theatre do lovely childrens shows here. It is very near London Bridge and very easy to get to.

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