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Cool Family Shows For The Summer Hols

Our irresistible top family theatre shows of this summer mean you can stop worrying about keeping the young ‘uns happy during the hols right this minute. Tykes will like The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Elephantom, older kids will have a blast with Charlie, Matilda, Horrible Histories and Hetty Feather, and there´s treats for teens (and their folks as well) at Let The Right One In, Once, Stomp and War Horse. See below for these and many more sizzling summer family shows.

Our top pick of family shows to see this summer

Suitable for age 3 and upwards
The Elephantom The Elephantom
A little girl gets a visit from a huge blue elephant who's too big for her house. Cue jumbo inflatable puppets, audience squashings-by-elephant-bums and a lovely adaptation of Ross Collins's book.
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea
David Wood's musical adaptation of Judith Kerr's classic picture book about a tea-guzzling tiger is a smash- hit family show, now returning for another summer season.
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Suitable for age 5 and upwards
The 39 Steps The 39 Steps
This hilarious, wacky take on John Buchan’s definitive 1930s-set adventure yarn features nefarious evildoers, sultry femmes fatales, side-splitting slapstick and dollops of derring-do.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sam Mendes’ all-conquering musical version of Roald Dahl’s best-loved story is an eye-popping, jaw-dropping feast of dark delights for adults and kids, with major Oompa-Loompa action to boot.
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Disney's The Lion King Disney's The Lion King
Offering a gorgeous tableau of an idyllic Africa in a sort-of family-friendly ‘Hamlet’, lion cub Simba’s epic journey to the throne of the Pride Lands is an uplifting all-ages experience.
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Hetty Feather Hetty Feather
Jacqueline Wilson’s adventure story about a Victorian girl’s search for her mum has a score by Benji Bower, dazzling circus skills, a big heart and Wilson’s personal blessing. A perfect family treat.
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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two! Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two!
Laughter and learning go together in this hootsome show, based on the popular children's books and BAFTA-winning TV series. It's the horrible history of Britain - with the nasty bits left in.
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I Believe In Unicorns I Believe In Unicorns
Michael 'War Horse' Morpurgo's trademark beguiling fantasy shines forth from his tale of Tomas, a boy who hates books and school until the fateful day he meets the Unicorn Lady at his local library.
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Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia!
Here you go again – to the awesome, sun-drenched Abba musical that spirits you off to a Greek island paradise and can’t fail to put a smile on your face.
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Matilda The Musical Matilda The Musical
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Tim Minchin’s marvellous, mischievous musical about a sweet little girl with incredible powers is a darkly enchanting pleasure for adults and kids.
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Shrek The Musical UK Tours Shrek The Musical UK Tour
The animated comedy is even more fun on stage, as grumpy ogre Shrek goes on an ill-fated quest for peace and quiet in the land of Far Far Away, with best pal Donkey and best gal Princess Fiona.
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Stomp Stomp
This bin-bashing, scissor-kicking, completely involving dance / percussion spectacular is a must-see West End staple. Its delirious din makes it particularly kid-friendly.
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Thriller Live Thriller Live
The man may be gone, but his music and moves live on, in a lavish, loving tribute to Michael Jackson that features four decades of hits, as well as Cleo Higgins from TV’s The Voice.
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Wicked Wicked
The musical about Witches of Oz Elphaba and Glinda is a rite-of-passage story like no other. A glam spectacle with a real message about friendship and individuality, it’s a special favourite with girls.
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Parental guidance recommended
Billy Elliot The Musical Billy Elliot The Musical
Stephen Daldry, Lee Hall and Elton John’s redemptive musical about a hard-pressed young Northern lad who lives to dance is as joyous and powerful as ever.
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The Bodyguard The Bodyguard
When a pop diva’s ex-Secret Service bodyguard is hired to protect her from an unseen assassin, love intervenes. The screen thriller is now a smash-hit musical starring Alexandra Burke.
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The Commitments The Commitments
Roddy Doyle restyles his novel about a motley bunch of Dublin chancers who form a killer soul band into an electrifying stage musical featuring big ’60s hits including Mustang Sally and Satisfaction.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Now back in the West End, this Olivier-winning tale of a teenager with autistic-like behaviour-turned amateur detective is a unique and compelling take on Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel.
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The Mousetrap The Mousetrap
Sixty-plus years on and a gripping as ever, Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit is famous as the world’s longest-running play, but it’s also a beautifully produced, rock-solid slice of family entertainment.
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War Horse War Horse
Dazzlingly lifelike puppetry combines with Michael Morpurgo’s arrestingly poignant tale of a young man and his beloved horse, who are torn apart by the onset of WW1.
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Suitable for age 15 and upwards
Ghost Stories Ghost Stories
It begins with a professor discussing a website about the paranormal and three people claiming supernatural experiences. Dare you find out how Andy Nyman's seriously creepy fright-fest ends?
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Jersey Boys Jersey Boys
Clint Eastwood’s brought it to the big screen, but you can’t beat the experience of seeing and hearing the magnificent musical story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live on stage.
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Let the Right One In Let the Right One In
Don’t miss John Tiffany’s haunting, scary, beautiful vampire tale about a lonely misfit boy and his intense, life-changing friendship with a strange new girl in his neighbourhood.
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Onces Once
The West End’s most intimate musical features an Oscar-winning song score and traces in song the will-they-won’t they romance of Guy, a Dublin busker and Girl, a Czech songwriter.
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