Unicorn Theatre for Children
The Unicorn Theatre has been hosting performances for children and young people since 1947. In 2005, the theatre moved into a custom-built award-winning facility on the South Bank near Tower Bridge. There are 2 halls - the Weston Theatre with 300 seats and the Clore Theatre with seats for 120 people. The Unicorn Theatre has hosted child-friendly versions of classics such as 'Henry V’ by Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen’s 'Hedda Gabler' and 'The Dwarfs' by Harold Pinter. Every day there is either a performance, a backstage tour or a workshop for the whole family.
Polka: from Shakespeare to a puppet opera
Fun children's theatre on The Broadway
The Broadway in Wimbledon features a children's theatre that is just as cheerful as its façade. The Polka Theatre has been staging plays, musicals and sitcoms for children from 0 to 14 years for the last 30 years. There are 2 halls – the larger one seats 300 people and the smaller one holds 90 people. The selection of plays ranges from cheerful adaptations of Shakespeare to an opera performed by marionettes. The venue also hosts talk shows and workshops. Before or after the show you can enjoy coffee, sandwiches, juices, fruit, tea and cupcakes in the theatre café.
Puppet boat: from Disney to Punch
The puppet theatre boat on the Thames
The Puppet Theatre Barge is exactly what the name suggests: a puppet theatre on a river boat. Since 1982, the boat has hosted a repertoire that ranges from Disney's Brother Rabbit and Punch and Judy, to the Fables of Aesop and adaptations of Shakespeare, Lord Byron and Dickens. The stories are played by puppets and shadow puppets, accompanied by atmospheric music and wonderful sound effects. The boat, which seats up to 50 children, is moored during the summer months on the Thames in Richmond and for the rest of the year in Little Venice near Paddington Station.