There’s something quite magical about going to the theatre to see a live stage show. Maybe it’s the live band, the singing and dancing or interaction perhaps? But what’s certain is that it has the ability to whisk you away into a different world and make you feel part of something quite incredible. Seeing your family completely mesmerised by a live stage show is priceless!
But let’s not beat around the bush.
A trip to the theatre can be quite expensive. Especially for those with a larger family. Throw in the summer holidays that somehow stretch out into the distance by miles, and the cost of budgeting for a family trip to the theatre could start to look like mission impossible. But don’t worry, help is most definitely at hand!
The fantastic people over at the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) run a brilliant London theatre initiative each year called Kids Week. The aim is to give parents and carers the chance to get their little ones to the theatre, with a free child’s ticket (16 years and under) for every adult ticket purchased. Plus the option to purchase a further two ½ price children’s tickets. And with no postage or booking fees either, everyone’s a winner. Hooraa!
We went along to Kids Week Launch 2018 to get a taster of what to expect.
Kids Week Launch 2018
Another excited tube ride took us again to Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s theatre district. But this time, we walked past the Lyric theatre which is currently home to We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and onto the Apollo Theatre, which, as it happens was just next door. The Apollo was playing host to the Kids Week Launch 2018, and by the looks of all the excited little faces eagerly waiting to get in, we knew we would be in for a glorious treat.
The Apollo Theatre is beautiful inside, and once seated (stalls, row E) we had a brilliant view of the whole stage. Worth noting if you are planning to see Everybody’s Talking about Jamie or Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four.
Getting the party started
As the little ones itched in their seats (because that’s what they do right?) the cast of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt were on hand to wow the crowds by walking around in the stalls. Bear made a huge impact and the look on Little Buttons thrilled face to see her favourite show cast was a joy.
As everyone settled, presenters from Disney’s Aladdin musical (swoon!) easily chatted to the audience from up on stage, and they began to take us through a whirlwind of performances from some of the shows taking part in Kids Week 2018.
The time zapped past so quickly, and we were definitely left wanting more after catching favourite show songs from We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Tiger Came To Tea, Six, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four, Strictly Ballroom and Matilda The Musical. With further demonstrations from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
There was also a live Q&A with The Lion King’s cutest and youngest actors, who were an absolute inspiration and quite honestly a breath of fresh air as they comfortably talked about their favourite songs, who could roar the loudest and how they came to play their roles. Seeing children so young following their dreams was super inspiring, and left us feeling all gooey and warm from their positively.
Which shows caught our eye?
All of them! There was something about every show that had me thinking, yes, this is the one that I’m going home to book right now. It’s almost impossible to pick as enthusiasm and passion was high all round. So, I’ve let Little Button choose instead!
Her complete favourites, who, most definitely stole the show were We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Live (suitable for younger viewers) and Six (rated as PG, for slightly older viewers). Six isn’t a show we were familiar with until today so we were thrilled to have the chance to see a performance from them. The show is about the six wives of Henry VIII and what we saw was packed full of sass and rocking girl power. Too bad Little Button will have to wait a while to go and see this! But we’ve agreed on either Paw Patrol Live or The Tiger Who Came To Tea for this summer.
How to book tickets for Kids Week 2018
Bookings went on sale in June, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of shows to grab seats for this August by visiting the Kids Week website.