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London’s Best Theatre Shows for Teens and Older Kids

KidRated's Guide to London's Best Theatre Shows for Teens and Older Kids



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Dragging your Rick and Morty-loving teen to a West End show can feel like convincing a cat to enjoy bath time. Fear not! We’ve crafted the ultimate guide to London’s Best Theatre Shows for Teens and Older Kids, because let’s face it, the only drama you want on a family night out is on the stage, not with your teenager’s verdict on the evening’s entertainment.

Our handpicked selection promises to dazzle even the most screen-obsessed youngsters (yes, even those who think Hamlet is dish made with eggs). From laugh-out-loud comedies to mind-bending dramas, we’ve got the scoop on shows that won’t have them rolling their eyes (well, not much, anyway). And for those with little ones not yet in the double digits, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you—there’s a treasure trove of shows just waiting to spark their imaginations too in our other great guide for kids under 10.

So, ready to turn a night at the theatre into a standing ovation from the whole family? Let’s raise the curtain!

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London’s Best Theatre Shows for Kids



Hopefully both guides will steer you toward some wonderful shows you might not have even thought of.

On a general note – For most UK performances children under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to a ticket-holder who is at least 18.



The Time Traveller’s Wife





Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s international best-selling novel, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” is a new British musical that’s brought to life with original songs from Grammy Award winners Joss Stone and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.



It’s a wonderful story that celebrates the wonder of love. Clare is a talented sculptor and Henry is a time traveller. They meet, fall in love, and marry – but not in that order. Flung apart by time but united by love, Henry is always trying to get back to Clare. Their journey is one of resilience, impossibilities, and trying to hold on to each other when everything is pulling them apart.

Age: 11+
Date: Until 30th March 2024
Venue: Apollo Theatre
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Cirque du Soleil – Alegria





Alegría is a fusion of acrobatics, artistic expression, choreography, and music. The performance, orchestrated by around 50 individuals, showcases flawlessly executed movements—some deliberate and slow, others rapid to the point of becoming a blur—all set to the compositions of René Dupéré.



The acrobatics and dance sequences are interspersed with entertaining skits featuring clowns and other characters. While younger children might find the skits challenging to understand, the breathtaking acrobatic acts are likely to keep them enthralled. The combination of the visuals with the symphony of movement and music makes Alegria an exciting experience for audiences of all ages.

Age: All Ages Welcome
Date: 11th January 2024 – 3rd March 2024
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
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Six the Musical





Introducing the six wives of Henry VIII, experience the Tudor Wives’ lives as they turn back the clock and retell their stories of love, loss and the infamous ex they all have in common. Join Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard and Parr, backed by their fiercely all-female band, the Ladies in Waiting.

Six The Musical frames its story as a makeshift talent competition in which the wife whose life was most tragic “wins.” The rules are simple: “The queen who was dealt the worst hand … shall be the one to lead the band.” During the show, each wife sings a solo that summarises her experiences. This isn’t just a history lesson for the kids. Both kids and parents alike will find its music addictive and its performances inspiring.

Age: 10+

Date: until 28th April 2024

Venue: Vaudeville Theatre

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Age: 10+
Date: Until 28th April 2024
Venue: Vaudeville Theatre
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Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical





“Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical” pulls you in the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil.


Adapted from the 90s blockbuster starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair, as well as the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, this provocative musical follows the lives of two step-siblings driven by passion and revenge, determined to ruin the reputation of an innocent girl.


Set to the backdrop of popular 90s throwback hits from artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this musical will transform the theatre into a full-on 90s party, ensuring a fun night for the kids and a nostalgic experience for you parents.

Age: 14+
Date: 11th January – 14th April 2024
Venue: Other Palace Theatre
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The Little Big Things





“The Little Big Things” is an extraordinary tale about a very ordinary family recounting the true story of Fraser who, aged 19, went on a lads holiday and got badly injured in a sea accident, causing him to be paralysed from the neck down. It is the story of his rehabilitation, through his feelings of total despair to the giddy heights of self-realisation.

With a cast made up of actors with disabilities this play really sets a precedent for how thrillingly conversations about disability can and should be staged – sending an empowering message which is hugely emotionally powerful to witness.

Adapted from Henry Fraser’s Sunday Times best-selling autobiography, “The Little Big Things” features an explosive pop soundtrack and is a life-affirming reminder about the transformative power of family, and how sometimes, it really is the little things that matter the most.


Age: All ages
Date: Until 2nd March 2024
Venue: Soho Place Theatre
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Standing at the Sky’s Edge



If you missed this at the National Theatre don’t worry – Standing at the Sky’s Edge is transferring to the West End, coming to the Gillian Lynne Theatre from February 2024. The show is described as a love letter to Sheffield and a history of modern Britain told through the stories of one flat on an iconic estate.


Standing at the Sky’s Edge charts the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six tumultuous decades. Set to the irresistible songs of legendary Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, it is a heartfelt exploration of the power of community and what it is we call home.


If you want to take your older kids and teens along to something completely different, this one fits the bill and we are you now – take some tissues. An absolutely wonderful theatrical experience that feels totally accessible but it’s worth knowing the show does contain some adult themes and strong language.

Age: 12+
Date: from February 2024
Venue: Gillian Lynne Theatre
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The Book of Mormon



The Book of Mormon is an award winning musical from the creators of South Park. The story follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints to the locals in a small town in Uganda that’s about as far away from their home in Salt Lake City as you can get!


Anyone familiar with South Park or the work of Trey Parker and Matt Stone would know that The Book of Mormon can get rather crass at times and the humour is certainly not for everyone. Be prepared for explicit language, sexual content and lots and lots of outrageous jokes. We took a group of teenagers and they all absolutely loved it but it’s definitely one for the older teens in your family!

Age: 16
Date: Until March 2024
Venue: The Prince of Wales Theatre,
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Witness for the Prosecution



Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.


Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high – will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you the audience of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?


Your older kids and teens will love the excitement of this gripping story that many of us parents read when we were young!

Age: 10+
Date: until 29th September 2024
Venue:London County Hall
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” is a heartwarming and empowering musical that celebrates individuality and self-discovery.


The show tells the inspiring true story of Jamie New, a teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and overcomes societal expectations. With catchy tunes and a positive message, it’s an excellent choice for parents looking to share a meaningful and entertaining experience with their older kids and teens.


The production addresses themes of acceptance, identity, and the importance of embracing one’s true self, making it both relevant and relatable for a diverse audience. While there are some mature themes related to identity exploration, they are handled with sensitivity.



Age: 14+
Date: Returns 8th Feb – 23rd March 2024
Venue: Peacock Theatre
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The King & I




Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I epitomises the golden age of musicals and is the winner of multiple awards. Your kids will be transported into a world of rich traditions, complex relationships, and political intrigue.


With its touching themes of love and understanding, The King and I teaches us that love can transcend the greatest of differences. Kids will love the upbeat songs about whistling to overcome fear of a new situation, and getting to know a new culture.

Age: 9+
Date: From 20th Jan – 2nd March 2024
Venue: Dominion Theatre
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Les Miserables



 Billed as the world’s most popular musical and based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Miserables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. It includes the well-known classic songs: I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House, and many more. The overall message is one of hope and redemption, which could be inspiring for older kids and teens. However, the show is 2 hours and 50 minutes long with one intermission – so it’s worth considering whether they’d be happy to sit through it.

Age: 12+
Date: Until September 2024
Venue: Sondheim Theatre,
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Guys and Dolls



Stand right in the centre of the action and move around the stage area with IMMERSIVE TICKETS. Or sit around the auditorium with SEATED TICKETS, where you will never be more than four rows away from the action as Guys and Dolls transports you and your kids to the streets of Manhattan and the bars of Havana in this unlikeliest of love stories!


No-good Nathan Detroit is desperately searching for the money to fund his illegal dice games, all whilst eluding law enforcement and his impatient fiancée Miss Adelaide, who demands that he quit his antics and relocate to the suburbs.


When Nathan meets infamous gambler Sky Masterson, a man with an insatiable appetite for raising the stakes, they make a bet… surely this is one bet that Nathan can’t lose?


Parents should know that overall this is a family-friendly classic musical, but the story does contain themes such as gambling and alcohol, which might not be suitable for everyone.

Age: 12+
Date: Until 31st August 2024
Venue: Bridge Theatre,
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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child



The play catches up with Harry 19 years after his defeat of Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry’s life looks different now – he’s a husband and father of three who works for the Ministry of Magic. And he is still haunted by his traumatic past.

His eldest son, Albus, is grappling with his own set of challenges – following in his famous father’s footsteps at Hogwarts. The story follows them, as they navigate their strained relationship and the pressures of living in the shadow of Harry’s past.

 The critically-acclaimed production is the most awarded new play in theatre history.

And if the kids have read the books or seen the films, they’ll be spellbound by this new chapter. If they haven’t, prepare for lots of questions.

Age: 10+
Date: until 29th September 2024
Venue: Palace Theatre
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Hamilton is based on the biography of American statesman Alexander Hamilton whose ambition drove him from the position of Caribbean outsider and bastard child to American war hero and George Washington’s right-hand man. In the process, Alexander Hamilton played a significant role in shaping America as we’ve come to know it.

This musical features a blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway And is the perfect musical for those kids who want to be entertained, enlightened, and moved.


Age: 10+
Date: until 28th September 2024
Venue: Victoria Palace Theatre
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TINA! The Musical



“Tina: The Musical” tells the powerful story of Tina Turner’s life and career – from a humble start to becoming the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Featuring iconic hits and a stellar cast, the production delivers a high-energy experience.



If you’re searching for a West End show for your teens, “Tina” offers a dynamic blend of music, emotion, and empowerment. While the show touches on themes of resilience and triumph over adversity, it also includes mature content reflective of Tina Turner’s life. Suitable for teenagers, “Tina: The Musical” promises a soul-stirring and entertaining evening, celebrating the indomitable spirit of a music legend.


This is definitely one for the parents! – and the kids will be mesmerised by the music, performances and narrative about the life of this icon.

Age: 14+
Date: until 23rd September 2024
Venue: Aldwych Theatre
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical



Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza.

Set against the backdrop of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the 20th century, the musical weaves together popular music to tell the story of Christian, a young composer who falls for Satine, the sparkling diamond of the Moulin Rouge.

This is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and above all, love. There are some adult themes but they are cleverly presented meaning you and the kids should be enthralled by this play about bohemians and aristocrats at the grand Moulin Rouge in Paris!

Age: 12+
Date: until 30th May 2024
Venue: Picadilly Theatre
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Phantom of the Opera



The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be.


As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorising the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man.


The staging and music might be a little scary for young kids but older kids and teens will be blown away..

Age: 10+
Date: until 28th September 2024
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
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One of the most successful musicals of all time, CABARET features the songs Wilkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, Money and the title number.


Set in early 1930s Berlin, American writer Cliff Bradshaw meets English cabaret singer Sally Bowles, a performer at the Kit Kat Club. It’s the only place where everyone can be free but the rise of Nazism threatens this hedonistic Weimar Republic haven.

The show includes some sexual content so parental guidance is advised but would be great for older kids who have an interest in not only the theatre but also Germany and the rise of Nazism in the 1930s..


One of the most successful musicals of all time, CABARET features the songs Wilkommen, Don’t Tell Mama, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, Money and the title number.

Age: 12+
Date: until 28th September 2024
Venue: Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre
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The Play That Goes Wrong



The Play That Goes Wrong is a backstage burlesque bursting with slapstick, and which sums itself up perfectly in its title. A troupe of actors at a ragtag company decides to present ‘The Murder at Haversham Manor’, and not a single thing goes according to plan. The set, the props, the lighting and the sound thwart the performers at every turn. The Play That Goes Wrong amuses with its pranks and pratfalls and there’s no denying the hilarity of a troupe that unfailingly turns can-do into can-don’t.

Age: 10+
Date: until 3rd November 2024
Venue: Duchess Theatre
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The Mousetrap



Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London’s West End since 1952. Considered a classic whodunnit, it’s about a group of seven strangers who find themselves in a guesthouse in the countryside. Unfortunately, there’s a murderer is in their midst and they set about finding out who it is, revealing their dark pasts in the process. This is a must-see for the murder mystery fans out there!

Age: 12+
Date: until 14th September 2024
Venue: St Martin’s Theatre
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Mamma Mia!



Mamma Mia! tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, the daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers!

Age: 10+
Date: until 30th May 2024
Venue: Sondheim Theatre
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The Choir of Man



In The Choir of Man, nine multi-talented singers, dancers and musicians combine stunning harmonies and foot-stomping singalongs in a riotously feel-good show. Set in a traditional British pub with a real working bar on stage, The Choir of Man invites you to the ultimate happy hour. It’s a party, a concert and a lock-in, with feel-good reinterpretations of chart-topping hits from Guns N’ Roses, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia and more. It’s an hour of joy for all the family.

Age: 12+
Date: until 1st March 2024
Venue: Arts Theatre
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Mrs Doubtfire: The Musical



Mrs. Doubtfire tells the story of everyone’s favourite Scottish nanny. Out-of-work actor Daniel will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny, Euphegenia Doubtfire, in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.

Age: 8+
Date: Until 24th September 2024
Venue: Shaftesbury Theatre
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Abba Voyage



ABBA Voyage is a virtual concert residency by the Swedish pop group ABBA. The concerts feature virtual avatars – or ABBAtars – depicting the group as they appeared in 1977. It’s a futuristic experience like no other where you and the kids will be able to enjoy their timeless classics at this unforgettable event.

Age: 12+
Date: Booking until 25th November 2024
Venue: Abba Arena
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Sister Act



Sister Act follows the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who, after witnessing a crime, is placed in protective custody in a convent. To avoid detection by the criminals, Deloris transforms the lacklustre convent choir into a singing sensation!


Filled with lively musical numbers, infectious dance routines, and a dose of comedy, the show explores topics of friendship, self-discovery, and the power of music. Your kids are sure to be captivated by the energetic performances, the transformation of the choir, and the overall feel-good atmosphere. It’s an entertaining and uplifting experience, making it an ideal West End show for families.

Age: 14+
Date: from 15th March 2024 – 31st August 2024
Venue: Dominion Theatre
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MJ: The Musical




“MJ: The Musical” brings the King of Pop’s legendary music to life. Featuring Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, this production chronicles his life and career, exploring his rise to fame, iconic performances, and lasting impact on the music industry. Kids will be mesmerised by the spectacular choreography, dazzling costumes, and the infectious energy of the performances.


This musical not only pays tribute to a musical icon but also serves as a history lesson on pop culture. For kids who enjoy music, dance, and the magic of Michael Jackson’s timeless tunes, “MJ: The Musical” promises an unforgettable and entertaining experience.

Age: 8+
Date: 6th March – 14th September 2024
Venue: Prince Edward Theatre
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Opening Night




Drawing inspiration from John Cassavetes’ legendary film, “Opening Night” tells the gripping tale of a theatre company gearing up to launch a significant new play on Broadway.


However, the real drama unfolds behind the scenes when the leading lady faces a personal tragedy, thrusting the entire company into a whirlwind of emotions. The narrative compels everyone to deliver the performance of their lives, making “Opening Night” a poignant exploration of both onstage and offstage challenges in the world of theatre.


A fascinating for any youngsters interested in the arts.

Age: 14+
Date: 6th March 2024 – 27th July 2024
Venue: Gielgud Theatre
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Mean Girls






Based on the iconic film and adapted into a musical, “Mean Girls” explores the tumultuous world of high school cliques and teenage dynamics.


It follows Cady Heron, a newcomer navigating the tricky social landscape of North Shore High School, where the popular and formidable “Plastics” rule. As she infiltrates the clique and experiences the highs and lows of high school popularity, “Mean Girls” delivers sharp wit, catchy tunes, and an important message about friendship and staying true to yourself.

Kids will find the characters relatable and enjoy the humorous take on the challenges of growing up.

Age: 12+
Date: 6th June 2024 – 27th October 2024
Venue: Savoy Theatre
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Just For One Day




“Just For One Day” tells the story of Live Aid and the global unity it inspired, inviting the audience to relive the day when music brought 1.5 billion people together. This is definitely one for the parents too!


Featuring hits from Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Who, U2, and more, this musical will transport you back to the monumental Live Aid concerts of 13 July 1985. Organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to aid the Ethiopian famine crisis, these concerts, with 70 artists performing, made history by raising £150 million. “Just For One Day” captures the essence of that iconic moment, when rock ‘n’ roll changed the world.

Age: 14+
Date: 26th January 2024 – 30th March 2024
Venue: Old Vic Theatre
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Priscilla the Party





First an Oscar winning film, then a Tony and Olivier award-winning West End and Broadway musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is now an immersive party experience that the kids are sure to enjoy! “Priscilla The Party!” promises to continue the camp, heart-warming legacy of the original 90s films, with elaborate costumes and a soundtrack of hits and bangers.



The Australian film, which sees three drag queens travel into regional Australia, has the universal and timeless message of acceptance and inclusivity at its core. Priscilla The Party! reimagines the outback adventure so that the show unfolds around the audience to create a theatrical party experience.

Age: 14+
Date: 3rd March 2024 – 30th September 2024
Venue: Here at Outernet
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