Katharine Heim, Wednesday 25 July 2012
For 15 years Kids Week has been introducing young people to the magic of theatre.
Children aged 16 and under can go free to participating theatres, when accompanied by a full paying adult ticket. In addition, two extra children’s tickets can be purchased for half price – a great deal for families!
There are a variety of musicals showing that will truly delight children of all ages. For the youngsters, musicals like Dora the Explorer and Wizard of Oz; The Woman in Black and Sweeney Todd will also be showing, for the more mature crowd.
There will be a range of other free activities, giving children an insider’s look into all things theatre. For example, a post-show discussion with the cast of Blood Brothers or practise the final number ‘Oh What A Night’ with the cast of Jersey Boys.
Visit www.kidsweek.co.uk/ or call 0844 248 5151 for a full list of shows and booking information.
A classic loved by children and adults, this is the same beloved musical – but with a few added twists. The sets are spectacular, including the Wicked Witch’s revolving dungeon and an Emerald City constructed of steeply inclined walls. Highlights include new numbers created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Beware of the Wicked Witch’s broomstick, she literally flies at you! Other delights include Westmoreland terrier Toto and stunning visuals like the digitally-enhanced tornado transition to Oz.
London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, London
Due to some sexually suggestive content, this is a musical best suited for older children. The longest running Broadway musical in the West End, Chicago is not to be missed, especially as it is closing on 1 September. Set in the roaring twenties, this musical stars a very-funny Roxie Hart, played by Sarah Soetaert, in her search for fame after murdering her ex-lover. Featuring television star Raza Jaffrey (Spooks) as Billy Flynn this show is full of razzle dazzle and superb choreography. With a live on-stage band and all-star ensemble it’s clear the cast is having as much fun as the audience.
Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Though this convoluted plot may seem a daunting task for younger children, rest assured, the humour translates for adults and children alike. Characters and plot lines collide in this award-winning play, set in 1963 Brighton. Featuring impeccable comedic timing, physical humour, and audience interactions; you’ve been forewarned if your tickets are in the front. Starring an all new cast, this entertaining play is clearly a success as it is already selling tickets for 2013. Mixing singing, satire and slapstick One Man, Two Guvnors has received rave reviews from the Times, Sun and Independent.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Suffolk Street London SW1Y 4HT