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.

Best kids theatre shows touring in 2020

image: CBeebies Rainbow Adventure

CBeebies Rainbow Adventure

A brand new touring pop-up experience for children, inviting them to step inside the world of their favourite TV shows. Rainbow Adventure invites children along for a fun-filled journey to find the missing colours of the rainbow in a world with flowers that change colour, rocks that make sounds and walls that light up across multiple spaces including the CBeebies garden with giant hedges and clouds.
Touring from April. Book Rainbow Adventure 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.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

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.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 3 Mar 2022

£13–£42

Fri 4 Mar 2022

£13–£42

Sat 5 Mar 2022

£13–£42

Sun 6 Mar 2022

£13–£42

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 8 Jun 2022

£13–£40 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 9 Jun 2022

£13–£40 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 10 Jun 2022

£13–£40 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 11 Jun 2022

£13–£40 / 0844 847 2325

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Thu 28 Jul 2022

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 29 Jul 2022

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 30 Jul 2022

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

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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.

AO Arena, Manchester

Wed 3 Nov

£0–£46 / 0844 847 8000

Thu 4 Nov

£0–£46 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 5 Nov

£0–£46 / 0844 847 8000

…and 2 more dates until 7 Nov

Flydsa Arena, Sheffield

Thu 16 Dec

£0–£46

Fri 17 Dec

£0–£46

Sat 18 Dec

£0–£46

Sun 19 Dec

£0–£46

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Wed 22 Dec

£27–£53 / 0844 856 0202

Thu 23 Dec

£27–£53 / 0844 856 0202

Fri 24 Dec

£27–£53 / 0844 856 0202

…and 7 more dates until 2 Jan 2022

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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. It reinvents the film for a whole new audience.

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2E

Thu 23 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3000

Fri 24 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3000

Sat 25 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3000

…and 160 more dates until 3 Apr 2022

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Thu 8 Sep 2022

£20 / 023 8071 1811

Fri 9 Sep 2022

£20 / 023 8071 1811

Sat 10 Sep 2022

£20 / 023 8071 1811

…and 30 more dates until 15 Oct 2022

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Thu 27 Oct 2022

Times vary / £20–£30 / 0844 847 2275

Fri 28 Oct 2022

Times vary / £20–£30 / 0844 847 2275

Sat 29 Oct 2022

Times vary / £20–£30 / 0844 847 2275

…and 56 more dates until 24 Dec 2022

Milkshake Live: Milkshake Monkey's Musical

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

Charter Hall, Colchester

Mon 18 Apr 2022

£17 (Children £11–£16) / 01206 282020

  • 12:00

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Wed 6 Apr 2022

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

The Stockport Plaza

Tue 31 May 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 477 7779

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Spend a special day with Peppa Pig and her friends.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sat 26 Feb 2022

£17 (Children £15) / 01727 844488

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Sun 27 Feb 2022

£17 (Children £15) / 01727 844488

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Wed 6 Jul 2022

£15–£27 / 01383 740384

Thu 7 Jul 2022

£15–£27 / 01383 740384

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 16 Apr 2022

£16–£18.50 / 01702 351135

Sun 17 Apr 2022

£16–£18.50 / 01702 351135

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…and at 15 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.

Peppa Pig – My First Concert

Kids friendly concert with everyone's favourite Pig family.

CBeebies Rainbow Adventure

CBeebies Rainbow Adventure is a brand new touring pop-up experience for children. Step inside CBeebies on a journey to find the missing colours of the rainbow! It’s an indoor play adventure for young children (0-6) their family and carers.