London in a weekend - shows suitable for 7 and 4 yr olds.

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chainedtothedesk Thu 14-May-15 12:12:13


Planning a trip to London. Would like to fit in a show. Thinking Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Any suggestions of alternatives or reviews on whether one is more suitable than the other for a 7 and 4 yo.

Thanks in advance.

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cestlavielife Thu 14-May-15 12:19:42

lion king

newname12 Thu 14-May-15 12:31:25

Many theatres have age guides on their websites.

Most shows are listed as unsuitable for U7's, presumably because of long running times and potential disruptions.

just checked- Matilda is 6 and up. Same for Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

I can't see you not being allowed in, but you might be expected to leave if the 4 yo gets restless.

Check the Royal Opera House, they sometimes run Ballets and shows designed for younger children.

InterOuta Thu 14-May-15 12:32:39

The railway children at Kings cross?

ArcheryAnnie Thu 14-May-15 12:51:45

Also check the Polka in Wimbledon and the Lyric in Hammersmith. The Lyric is brilliant, a few mins from the tube station (zone 2), is well-renowned and has a good kids' programme.

Heels99 Thu 14-May-15 12:54:37

There are usually children's shows on in London, check online. I think a four year old is too young for lion king, charlie and matilda.

youngestisapyscho Thu 14-May-15 12:54:59

Remember that the big popular shows are booked way in advance, especially weekend shows... check availability before confirming any travel dates.

TengoSueno Thu 14-May-15 12:55:22

The unicorn theatre run shows specifically for children. Check with them what is on.

I would echo what others have said about ages. They can and do check with younger looking kids.

youngestisapyscho Thu 14-May-15 13:44:26

The Lyric in Hammersmith are showing Bugsy Malone, and much cheaper than West end theatres.

OpposableThumbs Thu 14-May-15 13:51:16

The Gruffalo is showing at the Lyric in Shaftsbury Avenue for July and August.

BooChunky Thu 14-May-15 14:19:18

Lion King... My four year old would love it.

worldgonecrazy Thu 14-May-15 14:25:06

If you do Matilda, don't waste money on the special tea run by the hotel nearby. It's rubbish and doesn't live up to the hype.

mary21 Thu 14-May-15 19:38:18

Check out off west end , you can specify children's shows in the search

AtomicDog Thu 14-May-15 19:46:54

Something like this at the National Maritime Museum might suit more?
Not sure when it finishes though...

StepfauxWife Thu 14-May-15 19:47:56

Agree it's with moving away from the west end. The Little Angel Theatre in Islington has some lovely children's plays.

ArcheryAnnie Thu 14-May-15 22:05:40

I don't think they let under-sixes in that one, Atomic, as it's pretty interactive in a way that's beyond the tinies.

AtomicDog Thu 14-May-15 22:11:20

Ah, sorry- mine are a wee bit older.

LooksLikeImStuckHere Thu 14-May-15 22:13:20

Room on the Broom is fab. Not sure if it's still on though, think it was at the Lyric?

chainedtothedesk Fri 15-May-15 15:46:15

Thanks so much for your help on this. I didn't know where to start looking tbh so just googled the two big ones that I knew of!

I think my 4yo would sit through a show. I was hoping to go for something that we all would enjoy rather than something that is really only specifically aimed at kids if you see what I mean?

Are the gruffalo and room on the broom not a bit short?

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LooksLikeImStuckHere Fri 15-May-15 17:40:59

Room on the Broom was about an hour I think? I enjoyed it as much as the children did!

helloalll Fri 15-May-15 17:52:17

Oh god - please don't take your 4 year old to the thing at the national maritime museum. It was great but DS who's 6 is still slightly traumatised by it!
Matilda is fantastic but agree that 4 is too young really.

AtomicDog Fri 15-May-15 23:50:29

Oh really hello? umm... perhaps we'll leave that then. Was it really scary?

Heels99 Sat 16-May-15 08:45:46

The gruffalo isn't very good unfortunately. Don't waste your money.

Moleyjay Sat 16-May-15 08:50:40

I took DS when he was 4 to see Charlie. He was a massive fan of the films and the book so really knew the story line. There were lots of other similar sized kids although I was a bit worried about the age restriction thing. Nothing scary or inappropriate though.

helloalll Sat 16-May-15 12:11:07

Atomic- it was really good and DD who's nearly 8 loved it. DS sort of enjoyed it in a terrified way! It is a bit different but in a good way! Lots of darkness and running around trying to escape etc so depends what your kids are like!

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