2016 saw the Broadway transfer of Disney’s Aladdin to the Prince Edward theatre – it is already a popular choice so book early for your half term theatre break. With a musical score just as well known as The Lion King, it brings even more family fun to the West End! Why not treat the family to this breath-taking, dazzling show this half term?
Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book Matilda has been a spectacular success since opening at the Cambridge theatre in 2011. Over the last five years, it has become the “must see” show for adults and children alike. Watch out the kids are REVOLTING!
The long running musical The Lion Kingat the Lyceum Theatre is also a show for both young and old. As well as the popular songs that are known across the world, the costumes and scenery are outstanding. But as London hotels recognise children up to the age of 16 so should we! However, it is probably not for the very young in that it is pretty long especially if you are thinking of going to an evening performance.
Wicked seems to be the perfect show for teenage girls – they go crazy for the characters and the plot – not to mention the awesome singing! Fortunately it is also a great show for Mum and Dad who have to come along cos it’s their credit card!
It is a clever behind-the-scenes story to The Wizard of Oz from the angle of the two young witches growing up together: the witches story, what made them “good” and “bad” and what choices they have to make along the way.
NOTE: Just because children love these shows please don’t think that grown-ups will not. We consider these to be best shows all-round family shows currently in the West End – and if you have read this far then surely you must trust us a little!
Half Term Breaks for Older Children
If your teenage child isn’t “into musicals” we can highly recommend the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong. Now up and running and a 5 star hit is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway transferSchool of Rockat the New London theatre. Children, not much bigger than the instruments they play live on stage, raise the roof in this fun musical based on the Jack Black film.
Half Term Breaks – taking mum and dad
Of course your “family” heading to London next half term may not include children. If you are going with the in-laws or mum and dad then consider Kinky Boots orDreamgirls – both great shows without a child in sight!
Other Short Half Term Breaks
Harry Potter Studio Tour
My first choice for a wet Half Term Break is to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour at Warner Brothers. The Making of Harry Potter is a super day out. Those in the know say try and book the 10am entry time – which means getting up early or staying over night the night before – but there we have tour times throughout the day.
If you are driving, pick one of the hotels with carparking because you can drive to the studios and the parking there is free. If you are getting the train, chose a hotel near to Watford Junction tube station as there are shuttle buses that go backwards and forwards between station and studio.
Regarding the studios themselves, apart from a few people who say it is expensive I haven’t heard a bad thing said about it (apart from the lady who complained that there used to be trees and countryside there before the studios ruined it – you could say the same about London really!). As far as I am concerned, the tour costs less than it does to park your car in London for 24 hours so by my reckoning that is a bargain!
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