Monday, 24 June 2013


There are lots of shows on this summer to take the children to!


Greenwich Theatre Festival 21-29 June is amazing with lots of FREE outdoor shows for the family and for children. And it ends next weekend. Visit for more details.

Sixteen Feet Productions are presenting two shows this summer in Brockwell Park.

Twelfth Night is on in the park 3-14 July:

Matinees: Friday & Saturday: 4pm in the Rose Garden
Wednesdays – Sundays: 7.15pm
Matinees: Friday 5 & Thursday 11 July:  2.30pm
Matinees: Sunday 7 & Saturday 13 July: 4pm
Performance Area by Brockwell Hall

Some seating is provided but please feel free to bring cushions and blankets!
“Cakes and Ale”

Picnic before the show. Hampers available to pre-book.
Tickets £10-17
Box office: 0843 523 0382

 Also Alice in the Walled Garden is on over the summer holidays 27 July-11 August

Tues-Thurs 11.30 & 2.00
Friday 2.30 & 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 3pm & 6pm
There is no 3pm performance on Saturday 27th
Tickets £7.50-£10.50

Dulwich Park

Dulwich Players are putting on As You Like It in Dulwich art gallery gardens and Dulwich park on 29/6, 30/6 and 6/7 and 7/7. Tickets £7 adults and £5 children under 12.

Dulwich Picture Gallery Gardens

29/6 11.30am and 2.30pm
30/6 12pm and 3pm

Dulwich Park American Garden

6/7 2pm and 5pm
7/7 2pm and 5pm


Regent’s Park – A Winter's Tale
Shakespeare for children age 6 and up in Regent's Park. Tickets are £15 and would be a great introduction to Shakespeare for children in coming along to the SSF auditions.

29th June to 30th July

Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 1.30pm (gates 1pm).
Sat 9.45am (gates 9.15am).
Sun 10am (gates 9.30am) and 1.30pm (12.30pm).

Scoop London
7/8 to 1/9

Wed to Sunday at 6pm
At Scoop London by Tower Bridge

Prince of Thebes
Aimed at a family audience and those encountering Oedipus for the first time, this irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry will introduce you to the young Prince as he thwarts magical and mortal enemies in his quest to lift the evil spell.

London Bridge Live Arts
1-31 August
Hay’s Galleria, Potters Fields Park and London Bridge Pier
Thurs-Sun 12-4
Lots of live FREE street performers

Merge Festival
Throughout Bankside
FREE Bankside’s contemporary art, music and theatre festival in unusual spaces


Young Vic

Brilliant (ages 3-5) is booking at the Young Vic 3-13 July and is supposed to be really good. 

The Globe

Shakespeare’s Stories
14/8 and 21/9

The perfect introduction to Shakespeare for all those 9 plus. Two of Shakespeare’s darkest talks – King Lear and Macbeth – retold in all their drama by Debs Newbold at 11 am (tickets £15 for 1 adult and 1 child)
Muse of Fire
Muse of Fire is an exciting new promenade performance for families. Fuelled by fantastic stories, the strange characters you meet along your way hold vital clues to the mystery of the Globe fire. Tickets go on sale 15th July.
Suitable for ages: 5 to 11 and their parents or guardians.

Also be sure to visit the new Globe Playground to sign up for fun games, films and news designed just for children.

There are a few tickets left for Childsplay. These are workshops for children 8-11 based on a Shakespeare play. Adults must accompany children and see a matinee performance. Children are then guided in to see a bit of the show. Tickets £15. Macbeth August 17 and Midsummer Night's Dream at September 7. Book now! Tickets are £15.

The National

The Shed
Romeo and Juliet 24/7-18/8
For children 8 and up
£12 adults and £8 children

Family Tours
Kids Week 2013 Backstage Tours
Thursday 8 August to Friday 30 Aug,  Monday – Friday        
Tours run at 10.30 and 12.30 and last one hour.
A chance to go behind the scenes at the National  – sneak a peek at backstage areas, props and costumes.
Suitable for 8-12yrs. At least one adult must accompany no more than three children.
Tickets: Adults £8.50 (for each paying adult up to 3 children go free). 

The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

Is showing Three Colours for children 2-4 over the holidays and also Charlie and Lola's Extremely Good Play up until 17th August. There is a FREE outdoor show called The Monkey and the Crocodile on 6th and 7th July at the small playground at the Polka which is recommended for KS1 children - very colourful and lots of circus skills!

The Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge

Winds down a bit for the summer but is showing Wee Dance, Wee Groove a fun interactive dancing show for kids - under 5 and separate shows 5-7. See

SouthBank Centre

There is lots of children's theatre on over the summer at the Southbank Centre. Look at and remember to book early.

Greenwich Theatre

As above. Including a performance on a boat down the Thames! See

Fairfields Hall in Croydon

Has a few mainstream shows over summer like Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. It is also running week long West End type drama courses for children 6-16 over the summer holidays for £115 for the week. See

Kids Week 2013

Is now open for booking at One child goes free with an adult paying full price to loads of family West End shows. A lot of seats have already gone but you might be able to snap up some bargains!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Our First Theatre Trip!

Thank you to everyone (43 of us!) who came along on Saturday to our first ever Saturday Theatre Club trip for KS1 children to Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.

In spite of the torrential rain, we hope everyone had a brilliant time.

We thought Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play was great fun. Not only did we see our favourite characters as cut outs there were lots of special effects and surprises to keep us entertained. The play runs until 17th August so if you enjoyed it please recommend it to family and friends.

We would love it if you (and/or your child) could send a review of the play to We will then make sure it gets posted under our currently very empty review section!

This being our first trip there were a few learning points. Not everyone got the confirmation letter with the meeting arrangement details so we will be asking for email addresses in future so we can send out hard and electronic copies. Also given the logistics of walking with so many of us, it might be easier going forward to meet outside the station.

However all in all, we agree it was a great success. Thank you again. Please don't forget to subscribe to the blog to find out first about our next trip....!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Free Summer Theatre!

There is lots of theatre happening in London and locally over the summer that you can go along to for free!

Greenwich and Docklands Festival - 21-29 June (loads of fantastic free children's theatre) at

Crystal Palace Festival - 29/6 and 30/6 - free children's theatre (Detect Egg) and lots more in a Kids Zone at

City of London Festival - Sun Jun 23-Fri Jul 26 - with free performances

Scoop June 12-Sep 27 near Tower Bridge at

Plus kids go free at West End theatres all of August. This gets you massive savings as children usually need full priced seats which can be anywhere from £25-£70!

At the Polka Theatre there are a couple of free events:

Family Open Day 16/6

Monkey and Crocodile (free - ages 3 plus) and free circus skills workshop 6/7 and 7/7

Check out

If you know of any free theatre or great shows happening over summer please let us know at

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Parents and Carers Trip to South London Theatre

Our next trip is just for parents to the fantastic South London Theatre in Norwood.

 Join us and come and see the romantic comedy, Kiss Me Like You Mean It by Chris Chibnall on Thursday 20th June at 8pm.

 If you haven't been to the SLT it is an amazing place - and definitely something theatre club should be supporting. It is one of the busiest amateur theatres in the UK and has been going for over 40 years.

Incredibly it puts on over 20 plays a year - and there is a cheap bar....!

Please email Theatre Club at if you would like to come along by Tuesday 11th June. I will reserve tickets for you and you can collect your ticket and pay me at the theatre from 7.30pm on the night.

 Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a Drama Club next term for KS2 children (8 plus). 

We are going to be looking for children to take part in an amazing project. Children involved will get the incredible chance to spend 10 weeks working towards performing in a 30-minute production in November in a South London theatre alongside other primary schools. 

The journey will be scary but fantastic. We not only have a very experienced drama teacher to direct but the children will get the chance to benefit from casting and technical workshops delivered by drama professionals dedicated to delivering and supporting school productions. We can't wait!

Children can get involved in all sorts of ways - from lighting to set design to marketing. Just let us know what you are interested in. And if you yearn to act but are not selected this time don’t despair. We are planning to keep Drama Club going and going with lots of continuing opportunities.

More details to follow shortly. In the meantime, to register interest please email Lisa Statham at

KS2 Trip to see Lion Boy!

To continue our celebrations of the launch of Rosendale Theatre Club, we are already planning our next exciting Saturday afternoon trip to see Lion Boy on Saturday 13th July at 2.00pm at the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge.

We are very excited about this trip as is this is the first children’s play by award winning theatre group Complicite. As tickets are selling out fast we have 30 tickets reserved, available on a first come first served basis until 7th June only. Please hand payment slips and payments to the office by this Friday.

The play is aimed at children of Key Stage 2 (recommended ages eight plus). The ticket price (discounted for schools) is £10 (normal price £13-£16). Please note that both adults and children do need to have a ticket. Siblings and KS1 children are welcome but the minimum age for admission is four. More details can be found on

Children attending the play must be accompanied by an adult with up to four children per adult. The accompanying adult is soley responsible for the safety and well being of the children under his/her care.

We plan to travel to the theatre by public transport on the train from Tulse Hill to London Bridge. We will meet at 12.30pm outside the school gates and walk together down to the station. The Unicorn Theatre is approximately 15 minutes walk from London Bridge station.

Hope to see you on the 13th July!