Free Theatre for under 16s

Last updated 3rd January 2017

What’s new? This Thursday (1 August) sees the start of Kid’s Week, which is technically a month, during which time London theatres will be giving away 30,000 tickets to children. Suported by the The Society of London Theatre, the event, which runs from 1-31 August, offers children under the age of 16 free entry to the West End’s plays and musicals when an adult ticket is purchased.

Activities: There’s something for every age among the show-stoppers that include the likes of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Lyric for three-year-olds, Horrible Histories at the Garrick, for five and over, while tweens and teens may prefer the likes of Wicked, We Will Rock YouWar Horse or the award-winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Many theatres have activities running alongside too, like the Smooth Criminal Workshop also at the Lyric Theatre, where kids can learn to sing and dance like Michael Jackson, before sitting down to a viewing of Thriller, or take a behind the scenes tour at the Playhouse Theatre, home of Spamalot.

More information: Visit to book, and for lunch or dinner ideas check out Bookable’s list of restaurants offering free kids menus.