Best kids theatre shows touring in 2020

Best kids theatre shows touring in 2020

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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.

Best kids theatre shows touring in 2020

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.

Billionaire Boy

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.

Zog

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.

Billionaire Boy

Stage adaptation of David Walliams' story about Joe Spud, the richest boy in the country, who transfers to a local comprehensive in the hopes of making a friend.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Tue 31 Mar

£19–£21 / 01274 432000

Wed 1 Apr

£19–£21 / 01274 432000

Thu 2 Apr

£19–£21 / 01274 432000

…and 2 more dates until 4 Apr

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Thu 18 Jun

£22.75–£24.75 (£15.25–£17.75) / 01892 530613

Fri 19 Jun

£22.75–£24.75 (£15.25–£17.75) / 01892 530613

Sat 20 Jun

£22.75–£24.75 (£15.25–£17.75) / 01892 530613

Sun 21 Jun

£22.75–£24.75 (£15.25–£17.75) / 01892 530613

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 1 Jul

£13–£42

Thu 2 Jul

£13–£42

Fri 3 Jul

£13–£42

…and 2 more dates until 5 Jul

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…and at 18 other places

Disney on Ice

A colourful and exciting ice show, featuring around 65 Disney characters from across the years, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Disney Princesses.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Thu 9 Apr

£28–£40 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 10 Apr

£28–£40 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 11 Apr

£28–£40 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 12 Apr

£28–£40 / 0844 248 1585

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Thu 26 Mar

£16–£45 / 0344 8000 400

Fri 27 Mar

£16–£45 / 0344 8000 400

Sat 28 Mar

£16–£45 / 0344 8000 400

Sun 29 Mar

£16–£45 / 0344 8000 400

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Thu 23 Apr

£16–£45 / 02920 224488

Fri 24 Apr

£16–£45 / 02920 224488

Sat 25 Apr

£16–£45 / 02920 224488

Sun 26 Apr

£16–£45 / 02920 224488

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The Lion King

  • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • 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.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Thu 30 Jan

£20–£200 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 31 Jan

£20–£200 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 1 Feb

£20–£200 / 0844 871 3014

…and 91 more dates until 17 May

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2E

Thu 30 Jan

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

Fri 31 Jan

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

Sat 1 Feb

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

…and 132 more dates until 5 Jul

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Mon 1 Jun

£25–£59 / 0844 847 2275

Milkshake Live: Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Milkshake Monkey enlists the help of his Milkshake friends to put on a dazzling show.

Charter Hall, Colchester

Sat 30 May

£19.50 (Children £13.50–£18) / 01206 282020

  • 12:00

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Fri 21 Feb

£14.50–£16 / 01323 412000

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Sun 31 May

£18 (Family £16.25; Children £16.50) / 01553 764864

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PAW Patrol Live!: Race To the Rescue

Super entertaining live instalment of popular kids TV show PAW Patrol.

3Arena, Dublin

Fri 31 Jul

€39.20–€81.25

Sat 1 Aug

€39.20–€81.25

Arena Birmingham

Tue 11 Aug

£24.75–£60 / 0871 945 6000

Wed 12 Aug

£24.75–£60 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Wed 19 Aug

£29.68–£40.70 (Family £29.42) / 0844 576 3000

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…and at 1 other place

Peppa Pig – My First Concert

Kids friendly concert with everyone's favourite Pig family.

Birmingham Town Hall

Sat 15 Feb

£15–£19 (Children £10–£15) / 0121 345 0600

  • 12:30
  • 15:00

Sun 16 Feb

£15–£19 (Children £10–£15) / 0121 345 0600

  • 10:00
  • 12:30
  • 15:00

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sun 9 Feb

Adult - £19.80, £16.50, Child - £15.40, £11.00 (includes booking fee) / 0141 353 8000

Mon 10 Feb

Adult - £19.80, £16.50, Child - £15.40, £11.00 (includes booking fee) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Feb

£16.50–£19.80 (Children £11–£15.40) / 0131 228 1155

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Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever!

Alban Arena, St Albans

Wed 21 Oct

£17 / 01727 844488

Thu 22 Oct

£17 / 01727 844488

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Wed 2 Sep

£17 / 01383 740384

Thu 3 Sep

£17 / 01383 740384

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 25 Apr

£17 / 01256 844244

Sun 26 Apr

£17 / 01256 844244

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…and at 30 other places

Zog

Children's show about a dragon who tries hard to earn a golden star at Madam Dragon's school, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Artsdepot, London N12

Sat 22 Feb

£9 / 020 8369 5454

Sun 23 Feb

£9 / 020 8369 5454

Birmingham Town Hall

Sat 26 Dec

£13 / 0121 345 0600

Sun 27 Dec

£13 / 0121 345 0600

Mon 28 Dec

£13 / 0121 345 0600

…and 6 more dates until 10 Jan 2021

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Thu 6 Feb

Theatre

£15.50 (£13.50) / 01403 750 220

  • 16:30

Fri 7 Feb

Theatre

£15.50 (£13.50) / 01403 750 220

  • 14:00
  • 16:30

Sat 8 Feb

Theatre

£15.50 (£13.50) / 01403 750 220

  • 11:00
  • 14:00
  • 16:30

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