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Summer Holidays - the best children's theatre to book up for this holiday

Last week we rounded up the best summer holiday courses and camps in North London and we continue our series on the summer holidays, with a round up of all the best theatre for children this holiday.

Kids Week is the theatrical highlight of the summer holidays and runs 1-31st August, making it technically much longer than a week this year. During this time any child 16 and under can go free to certain performances when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Adults can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price per transaction.There are a huge range of performances to chose from including The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Dora The Explorer, The Lion King, Horrible Histories, Matilda and Singing In The Rain. There are also lots of activities you can book to tie in with the shows. For the full programme, follow this link.Book quickly as shows are selling out fast already. We just managed to get two tickets for The Tiger Who Came To Tea - hurray!

Chickenshed, a real favourite of ours has a summer programme from the Tales From The Shed team. The show is called Run, Brer Rabbit, Run and is based on the traditional stories, characters of Brer Rabbit cause mayhem when they collide with the present day London Olympics. Children’s imaginations can run wild as they follow the mischievous Brer Rabbit and his friends on their crazy adventures and cheer them on as they go for gold. Suitable for ages 0-7. 26th July - 4th August. There are also workshops for older children 6-12 to coincide with this show.

Tiger Who Came To Tea is one not to miss, on at The Lyric Theatre it has had excellent reviews.

Hairy MacLary at Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar on 8 August only-  Following a Sell-Out run at the Fringe 2010, a UK Tour in 2011 and the Christmas season at the Sydney Opera House, Hairy Maclary and his friends are springing off the page once again this summer. Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse - Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town.    With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. 55 minutes plus free craft activity at the end.

Angelina Ballerina The Mousical comes to St Albans Arena 24th -26th August - Everyone’s favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her brand new musical – a magical show packed full of singing and dancing.

Matilda is another show that has had rave reviews and is on at The Cambridge Theatre.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is on stage until September in a purpose built 360 degree theatre tent in Kensington Gardens.

The Go!Go!Go! Show is a fun musical sing-a-long, dance-a-long and laugh-a-long experience. Your kids will have a ball helping their five new friends solve the mystery of the missing socks. The mischievous Fluffalope and the permanently confused Mr Baffled are on hand to “help”.

Dora The Explorer is also coming to London this summer to entertain little ones with a live show at The Apollo Theatre - In Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys, Dora has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him! 28 August - 16 September. 

If you know of any other theatre highlights, do let us know so we can share with other parents. Have a great holiday. 

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