History, classic children's books and madcap tales brought to life on a stage near you
From award-winning books to sell-out West End productions, there is plenty of family-friendly entertainment to be found at a theatre near you this year. Half-term is on the horizon and before you know it Easter and the summer break will roll in. For those school holidays or the weekend, we hope to inspire you with this list of the best kids theatre shows touring the UK throughout 2020.
Milkshake Live: Milkshake Monkey's Musical
Channel 5's Milkshake morning show and all its amazing characters are heading out on tour this year. Fans can enjoy Milkshake Monkey's new musical featuring much-loved characters Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals with two Milkshake presenters also front and centre. Touring March–June. Book Milkshake Live tickets.
Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever & My First Concert
The busiest pig on the planet, Peppa Pig is touring with not one but two shows throughout 2020. My First Concert is a highly interactive show during which children in the audience are invited to learn about the diverse and exciting sounds made by each instrument of the orchestra. Touring February–May. Book My First Concert tickets.
Best Day Ever follows Peppa on – you guessed it – her best day out ever with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Touring until November. Book Best Day Ever tickets.
The Lion King
The world-famous, best-selling smash-hit musical production of Disney classic has ventured from the West End. The List's Kelly Apter rated the production five stars, stating that the 'Disney musical proves it's still ahead of the pack when it comes to theatrical ingenuity'. Touring in Edinburgh and Manchester. Book The Lion King tickets.
Disney on Ice: Magical Ice Festival
The latest family-friendly show invites guests of all ages to join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a winter wonderland. The iconic Disney duo will be joined by an enchanting mix of Disney royalty like Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Olaf, helping them to bring the most magical moments from across the Disney kingdom to life on ice. Touring April–May. Book Disney on Ice tickets.
image: Mickey and Minnie from Disney on Ice
PAW Patrol Live! Race To the Rescue
The latest live installment of popular kids TV show PAW Patrol follows 2018's The Great Pirate Adventure. Paw Patrol Live: Race to The Rescue follows a rescue adventure featuring hit characters Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma. Touring July–August. Book Paw Patrol Live tickets.
David Walliams has been penning hugely successful children's books in recent years and Billionaire Boy is no exception. Kids love it so much they adapted it into a stage show, following the life of Joe Spud, the richest boy in the country, who transfers to a local comprehensive in the hopes of making a friend. Touring until September. Book Billionaire Boy tickets.
Based on the popular children's book by Julia Donaldson with Axel Scheffler's illustration, Zog the big lovable dragon is brought to life in Mike Shepherd's magical adaptation which features Johnny Flynn's (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter) sumptuous folk score pieced together with live musicians. Touring until December. Book Zog tickets.
Written by: Roger Allers, Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Mark Mancina (music & lyrics), Lebo M (music & lyrics), Hans Zimmer (music & lyrics), Julie Taymor (lyrics), Irene Mecchi
Julie Taymor's puppet-powered stage version of Disney's spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family, with show-stopping visual effects, gripping drama and plenty of laughs.