Today I attended a special 15th birthday celebration for Kids Week – a deal that, for the month of August, allows children under the age of 16 to go FREE to certain performances of West End shows.
I enjoyed fun fuelled performances from the casts of Shrek, Horrible Histories and Thriller, and had a sing-a-long with some West End musical theatre stars. I was sat in amongst 1,000 eager and screaming London school children! It was adorable to see the kids join in, and it was clear to see what pure joy theatre can bring to both kids and adults (I also ended up on my feet learning a dance routine to ABC from Thriller).
Richard Blackwood (Donkey in Shrek) leading blowing out the of the candles!
Horrible Histories actors Alison Fitzjohn and Neal Foster
The casts of Shrek the Musical, Spamalot and Thriller Live, with (holding banner L-R) Sophie Evans, Carly Stenson, Neil McDermott, Tom Chambers, Kevin Kennedy, (front L-R) Richard Blackwood, Alison Fitzjohn, Neal Foster, Alan Atkins (top back L-R) Bonnie Langford, Todd Carty
Kids Week is run by the Society of London Theatre (who also run the Olivier Awards, West End LIVE amongst other events) – and along with the FREE theatre tickets, they also offer FREE theatre inspired activities and workshops, allowing your children to get actively involved as well as simply enjoying from the audience.
It is fair to say that with a family, a night out in London’s West End can take a sizeable chunk out of your bank account, and what with the summer holidays approaching, making plans in advance for your family is a great idea, and making these fantastic shows affordable for families from all backgrounds, is incredible.
I still remember my first West End experience when my parents took me to see CATS when I was 7 years old, and I have remained an avid theatre goer. This year, 38 West End shows are involved in Kids Week, and all the best shows are involved. They will not only to entertain your little ones in the months home from school, but will also inspire and engage our future theatre audiences.
Check out www.kidsweek.co.uk for more details.
Booking opens on 12 June – Kids Week runs for 1-31 August 2012