Must-See Theatre Shows For Kiddies – July to September 2019

There is nothing more exciting than a day out at the theatre. Dressing up in your smartest shoes, putting on your princess tiara or a funky bow tie – treat the kids to a day out in the big city at one of Joburg’s top theatre venues. Check out our top picks for kiddies theatre shows from July to September 2019. From feisty King Julian to Peppa Pig and even Mr Mandela, there is a show out there for everyone. 

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Must-See Kiddies Theatre Shows

Kids everywhere are celebrating because the school holidays are finally here! But, parents know all too well that boredom and mischief easily kick in, especially during the chilly winter holidays. Banish cabin fever and the collie wobbles by taking the kids to see these top theatre shows in the city.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure JR, The Peoples Theatre

The Peoples Theatre present Madagascar: A Musical Adventure from Monday, 3 June 2019 to Sunday, 4 August 2019. This family-fun adventure is the perfect treat for kids during the winter school holidays. Featuring all your favourite characters from the movie, including the clowning King Julian. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious plotting penguins. Their on stage shenanigans will have you singing ‘I like to move it, move it‘ all the way home.

Book your tickets online via Webtickets.

Details: Tel – (011) 403-1563 / 2340 | | Joburg Theatre Complex, Loveday Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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Jellie The Ellie, Auto & General Theatre On The Square

Return to Zoemba’s world to meet Jellie the elephant and her friends, Jippie, Doolie and Travis the Tooth Mouse. Jellie the Ellie is an endearing tale about a friendly elephant who must learn to trust her instincts when it comes to making new friends. Kids will learn the importance of oral hygiene, trust and conquering their fears, all at once. There is something in it for the older kids too, and even the grown ups. So, bring the whole family along to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square for a wonderful day out at the theatre. The show is on from Sunday, 7 July to Thursday, 11 July 2019.

Book your tickets online via Computicket.

Details: Tel – 011 883 8606 | | Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Rivonia Rd and Sandton Boulevard, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Mr Hare Meet Mr Mandela and Charlotte’s Web, The National Children’s Theatre

The National Children’s Theatre in Parktown should be your first go-to for top quality kiddies’ theatre. From June to July 2019 they will be staging two awesome children’s theatre pieces.

Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela will delight young audiences. This theatrical adaptation of Chris Van Wyk’s beloved novel, about a Hare who travels to Johannesburg to return a R200 note to Mr Mandela, makes its world premiere at the NCT from Sunday, 9 June to Sunday, 21 July 2019.

Charlotte’s Web returns to the NCT for the school holiday season. The play is based on a classic children’s novel by E.B White. A story of enduring friendship against all odds, Charlotte’s Web is a must-see.

**On Sunday, 29 June 2019 you can see both Mr Hare meets Mr Mandela and Charlotte’s Web in a double bill special. Tickets are priced at only R120 per person for both shows. Book your tickets by emailing

Details: Tel – (011) 484 1584/5| 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg.

Charlotte's Web

Sarafina!, Joburg Theatre

This one is for older kids and teens with a keen interest in the history of our country. In honour of National Women’s Month, the Joburg Theatre will be re-staging the iconic Sarafina! originally devised by Dr Mbongeni Ngema. This historical musical is set at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, where in 1976, about 200,000 black students assembled to protest. Sarafina! is most definitely on the list of must-see theatre shows for young South Africans, so don’t let the kids miss out on seeing it live. The show will be staged on the main Mandela Theatre stage from Friday, 19 July 2019 to Sunday, 11 August 2019.

Get your tickets here.

Details: Tel – 0861 670 670 | | 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg


Tiny The Tokoloshe and Other African Tales, Pieter Toerien Theatre

Some of my favourite stories as a child were African folklore and myth. There is just something so magical about learning how the Zebra got its stripes, how the Lion got its roar and how the Crocodile ate the sun. Take the kids to the Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre at Montecasino to see Tiny the Tokoloshe and Other African Tales. The show will be on from Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Book your tickets online via Computicket.

Details: Tel – 011 511 1988 | | Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Peppa Pig’s Big Day Out, Theatre of Marcellus Emperor’s Palace

Peppa Pig is undoubtedly the most popular piggie to ever grace television screens (sorry, Babe). Kids adore Peppa’s English accent and delightful manners. Spoil your little piglets by taking them to see Peppa Pig live at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. It’s Peppa’s Big Day Out –  Polly Parrot and Mr Dinosaur have vanished and it’s up to Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig to find them. This theatre show is perfect for younger children and would make for a great first live theatre experience. Plus, it’s more fun than a muddy puddle, so get your tickets ASAP! The shows runs from Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019.

Book your tickets online via Computicket.

Details: Tel – 011 928 1297/1213 | 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Peppa Pig's Big Day Out

Born To Perform: Shine, The Teatro Montecasino

Born to Perform was founded in 2015 to help showcase young talent. In 2018, the Born to Perform young stars played to sold out audiences at the Lyric Theatre. Now, they will be gracing the stage at the Teatro Montecasino for four days only. These Broadway starlets in the making will entertain you and the kids with a variety of performances. From pop to hip-hop, and ballet, rock ‘n roll and opera, this is a musical extravaganza! Plus, the 450 Born to Perform stars will be joined on stage by The Voice SA Winner, Craig Lucas, The Voice SA Finalist, Thembeka Mnguni and past students of the programme. Catch this epic theatre show from Friday, 13 September 2019 to Sunday, 15 September 2019.

Book your tickets here.

Details: Tel – 011 510 7398 | 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Do you know of any other kids’ theatre shows happening in the city? Let us know about them!

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