Taking the whole family to the theatre is the ideal day out during any school holiday – but financing this day out in London can often be the biggest hindrance to this day out – the theatre is often believed to be too expensive, hundreds of pounds per ticket per person especially during the summer break. On top of this – it seems nearly impossible to find a show that’s going to please the entire family. Well we have got you covered. We have compiled our top five shows for you to see this summer, that you can do on a budget of under £40 per person – and that we think, will have a little something for every member of the family. These are our top five shows for the whole family this summer, for under £30pp.

Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre)

A timeless classic – dazzling audiences for over twelve years here in London – Wicked is the perfect show for all ages. Dive back before the famous story of The Wizard of Oz, as our two unlikely friends meet at sorcery school, and beg us to ask the question – are people born wicked? Bursting with fantasy, magic and fantastic songs including “defying gravity”, this smash hit has won over 100 international awards. Wicked is the 14th longest running show in London, and you could be part of that history this summer starting at just £29.50.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (Ambassadors Theatre)

Based on the best selling novels by Sue Townsend (that you parents have no doubt all read!) – this musical has a super limited run for this summer only! Adrian is suffering with dysfunctional parents, school bullies and a particularly bad spot on his chin – journey and his friends as he strives to win the girl, and beat the system! This has something unique for people of every generation – and is perfect to be experienced together as a family. See it this summer only – starting at just £17.

The Worst Witch (Vaudeville Theatre)

Another show exclusive to this summer – the worst witch is ideal for the whole gang this year! Before there was Harry Potter – there was Mildred Hubble. Go on a journey with Mildred at her school for witches, as she goes against Ethel Hallow who is out to ruin everybody’s fun. This has a strictly limited run this summer, so don’t let the kids (and parents) miss out on this magical adventure. Starting at just £25.

Peter Pan (Troubadour White City Theatre)

Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan is back for the summer following a sell-out run at the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. This show is full of mischief and magic and will have the whole family entertained. From pirates to lost boys you truly will be taken on a magical adventure that will have the whole family feeling like a child again! £35

School of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre)

The whole family most probably seen the movie starring Jack Black – now witness the stage version – with music written by the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber! Dewey Finn is and out of work rockstar – until he takes up a job as a supply teacher and discovers a class full of some seriously talented kids. Hilarious, heart – warming, and seriously rock and roll, this is the perfect night out for the family this summer. Starting at £25.

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