Hitting the West End this year

There is no need for the excitement of 2019 to fade into insignificance, not when there are lots of shows – and family friendly shows at that – descending on London’s West End this year. London’s Theatreland is always jam-packed full of gems, and the choice is widened even further as we progress through 2019. There really is something for everyone.

The Wind In The Willows is playing at the Polka Theatre until 17 February, a theatre with a reputation for producing some of the most enjoyable family theatre in London. The Wind In The Willows is Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel, with chaotic Mr Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole, and their adventures around Toad Hall. For this production, Polka Theatre adds its magic with music, songs, and smiles in a new staging for the show.

My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty runs from 16 April at the Peacock Theatre, making classical ballet family-friendly. Sleeping Beauty will feature a narrator especially for young audience members, as well as shortened versions of Tchaikovsky’s iconic music. The story will be told by second-year students of English National Ballet School, guaranteeing a high-quality introduction to the world of ballet for all little people.

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run from 27 June at the London Palladium as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical celebrating its 50th anniversary production this summer. Telling the well-known story of Jacob and his favourite son, Joseph, this multi-coloured masterpiece is a great introduction to musical theatre for young families.

The Gruffalo will be at the Lyric Theatre from 3 July; based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story. The live stage version of The Gruffalo is a huge hit, telling the tale of the classic book about a very daring Mouse and its bold adventure into the dark, deep wood, along with songs, laughs and lots of fun.

Last but not least is Mary Poppins, running from 23 October at the Prince Edward Theatre, the stage musical based on the classic family film of the same name. Starring Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert, the magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.

And don’t forget about Kids Week in August!