Must-See Theatre Shows For Kiddies


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 autumn holidays. Banish cabin fever and the collywobbles by taking the kids to see these top theatre shows in the city.

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Alice In Wonderland At Pieter Toerien Theatre

Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic comes to the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino just before the school holidays officially kick off. Alice In Wonderland is the ideal child-friendly theatre show to take the kiddies to this autumn. Get ready to go on an adventure with Alice as she follows the white rabbit and comes face to face with the blue caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire cat. Join her as she sips tea with the maddening Mad Hatter and plays croquet with the tricky Queen of Hearts. This is not to be missed!

Alice in Wonderland will be on stage from Thursday, 27 February 2020 – Sunday, 22 March 2020.

Tickets cost between R130 – R180 per personBook yours here.

Details: 011 511 1988 | info@pietertoerien.co.za | Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

The Jungle Book Kids At The Peoples Theatre

The Peoples Theatre celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Joburg Theatre complex with The Jungle Book Kids! Bringing this ultimate Disney classic to vibrant life on stage from Saturday, 07 March – Sunday, 26 April 2020. Come and see Mowgli, Baheera, Baloo and King Louie rumble about the jungle in fear of the mighty Sheer Khan. It’s a smashing good show. Read our review of the show here.

Book your tickets by contacting 011 403 1563/2340 or info@peoplestheatre.co.za.

Details: 011 403-1563 / 2340 | Joburg Theatre Complex, Cnr Hoofd and Loveday Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Aesop’s Fables At The National Children’s Theatre

The National Children’s Theatre in Parktown should be your first go-to for top quality children’s theatre shows. These school holidays, they will be showcasing Aesop’s classic tales, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. On Saturday, 28 March 2020, the National Children’s Theatre will host an Aesop’s Fable dress up party for kiddies and parents! Come dressed as your favourite characters and stand to win an array of prizes.

The show will run from Wednesday, 11 March 2020 – Sunday, 26 April 2020. 

Tickets cost R100 per person. Book your tickets by emailing bookings@nctt.org.za.

Details: 011 484 1584/5 | 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg.

Swan Lake At The Teatro Montecasino

Do you have any little ballerinas in your brood? Bring them along to see the St Petersburg Ballet perform Swan Lake at the Teatro between Wednesday, 22 April 2020 to Friday, 01 May 2020. Swan Lake is a classic love story at heart. Come and marvel at the handsome Prince Siegfried and his Swan Princess Odette, torn apart by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart, in a story where true love conquers all.

Please note that the St Petersburg Ballet will be performing the full-length version of Swan Lakeso perhaps this show is best suited to older kiddies who are able to sit still for longer periods.

Tickets cost between R250 – R690 per person on Computicket.

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

Schools Setwork And Literary Festival At The Joburg Theatre

While the kids may not want anything to do with their setworks while on holiday, the Schools Setwork and Literary Festival at Joburg Theatre is a definite must. Bringing literature to life, this two week long festival aims to bridge the gap between the classroom and childhood literacy statistics.

Bring the kids along to see Shakespeare’s Macbeth retold using African proverbs and storytelling methods. Athol Fugard’s My Children, My Africa will also be brought to life on stage by Shakeexperience during the second week of the festival.

This festival encourages children to engage with their setworks in new ways and allows them space to debate and re-think classic stories. There will be guided workshops, book exchanges and a mini literature fair throughout the festival, too. Visit the Schools Setwork and Literary Festival at Joburg Theatre between Tuesday, 21 April 2020 – Friday, 01 May 2020.

Tickets cost R90 per person for each show. Book yours here.

Details: 0861 670 670 | info@joburgtheatre.com | 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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

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