Kids go Free in London (14 – 28 August)


There’s no business like show business and the biggest deal of all for families this summer is the much-loved and eagerly awaited annual initiative – Kids Week in the West End!

Now in its 12th year, Kids Week offers children aged 5 – 16 the opportunity to experience the magic of London theatre for free.

Booking lines open on Tuesday 14 July 2009, offering families the chance to snap up tickets to over 28 top London shows for a fortnight of theatrical fun from 14 to 28 August 2009.

Whatever you’re into, whether it’s smash hit musicals, comedies, dance, or captivating plays, Kids Week guarantees a great theatre experience for all the family. Participating shows include popular musicals Billy Elliot The Musical, Disney’s The Lion King, Hairspray, Sister Act and Wicked as well as plays such as Carrie’s War, Peter Pan, The 39 Steps, War Horse, plus many more.

The ticket deal is simple – one child (aged between 5 and 16) can go absolutely free to any participating show when accompanied by a full paying adult, and another two children can go for half price. Select here for more information.

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Shows suitable for the under-fives

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Duchess Theatre
A lively, fun-filled stage adaptation of Michael Rosen’s award-winning book.

All ages 5+ (Content suitable for age five and upwards. Some shows may not be of interest to the under-eights)

The 39 Steps
Criterion Theatre
Hilarious Olivier Award-winning comedy based on Hitchcock’s famous film. A theatrical tour-de-force with four actors playing 139 roles.
This show may not be of interest for children under 8.

Carrie’s War
Apollo Theatre
The stage adaptation of Nina Bawden’s classic novel captures the tale of two siblings as they negotiate lessons in loyalty, fear, myth and magic.

Disney’ High School Musical 2 Live on Stage
New Wimbledon Theatre
Join the gang in this new show starring Les Dennis and GMTV Search for Troy winner Liam Doyle.

Disney’s The Lion King
Lyceum Theatre
This adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports audiences to a world of glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

Piccadilly Theatre
The theatre is jumping every night with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll musical. Ray Quinn stars as Danny, hits include Greased Lightnin’.

Shaftesbury Theatre
The mother of all musicals is London’s happiest, sunniest and funniest show. Big hair, big heart, bit hit!

Les Misérables
Queen’s Theatre
Now in its 24th year, Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical and continues to thrill audiences night-after-night.
This show may not be of interest for children under 8.

Mamma Mia!
Prince of Wales Theatre
The global phenomenon based on the hit songs of ABBA, celebrates 10 years live on stage in London.

Once on this Island
Hackney Empire
Let us transport you to the magical islands of the Caribbean this summer with a musical fairytale for the whole family.

Peter Pan
Kensington Gardens
A spectacular new stage production of J.M. Barrie’s classic story, performed in a specially commissioned, state-of-the-art theatre.

The Phantom of the Opera
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece is London’s most haunting love story with opulent sets and costumes, and fabulous special effects.
This show may not be of interest for children under 8.

Scooby-Doo and the Pirate Ghost – Live on Stage!
Hackney Empire
The perfect new family mystery with hilarious comedy, groovy music and magical effects.

Ambassadors Theatre
The international sensation that takes the junk and clutter of everyday life and turns it into a pulsating and utterly irresistible show.

Thriller Live
Lyric Theatre
A spectacular and high-octane show celebrating the career of the world’s undisputed King of Pop – Michael Jackson – and The Jackson 5.

Apollo Victoria
The spell-binding hit musical transports audiences to a world of wizards and witches, telling the untold story of the Witches of Oz.
This show may not be of interest for children under 8.