Find kids’ shows and family theatre in Essex that are coming up in 2018. Book tickets for the hottest new performances and discover kid-friendly plays, musicals and family events.

Family Theatre in Essex 2018

Braintree Arts Theatre
Notley Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 1WY
Box Office – 01376 566354
enquiries@braintreeartstheatre.com
www.braintreeartstheatre.com
Santa’s Christmas Party
15 Dec

Chelmsford City Theatres – Civic and Cramphorn Studio
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JG
boxoffice@chelmsford.gov.uk
Box Office – 01245 606 505
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe
16 Sept
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
3 – 6 Oct
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
12 Oct
One Man Shoe
21 Oct
Little Baby Bum Live
21 Oct
Milkshake! Live
23 Oct
Goldilocks and the The Big Bad Wolf
26 Oct
Santa in Love
13-15 December
Cinderella
30 Nov – 6 Jan 2019
Relaxed Performance of Cinderella
2 Jan

Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff
Station Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
Box Office – 01702 351135
southendtheatres.org.uk
Bing Live
20 & 21 Aug
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure
3 Sept – 8 Sept
Little Mix Experience
10 Nov
Aladdin
15 Dec – 6 Jan 2019

Colchester Arts Theatre
Church St, Colchester CO1 1NF
Box Office – 01206 500900
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Comedy4Kids How Does This Politics Thing Work Then
24 Nov
Princess Charming Cabaret for Kids – Relaxed Performance with BSL
29 Sept
Princess Charming Cabaret for Kids
29 Sept
Apple n Spice: An Indo-European Family Dance
20 Oct
Apple n Spice: An Indo-European Family Dance
20 Oct
The Carnival of the Animals
27 Oct
Wayang – Puppetry
10 Nov
The Hare and the Tortoise – Relaxed Performance
8 Dec
The Hare and the Tortoise – Relaxed Performance
8 Dec
Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown
Selected dates between 23 Dec – 31 Dec

Harlow Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1LS
Box Office – 01279 431945
playhouseharlow.ticketsolve.com/shows
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
8 Sept
Princess Charming – Pay what you can
6 Oct
Pop Divas Live!
22 Oct
Aladdin
30 Nov – 6 Jan
The Great Christmas Sleigh Ride
14 Dec – 24 Dec

Headgate Theatre
14 Chapel St N, Colchester CO2 7AT
Box Office – 01206 366000
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Aladdin
5 Dec – 9 Dec

Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
Box Office – 01206 573948
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Babe, The Sheep-Pig
27 Jul – 26 Aug
Wizard of Oz
6 Sept – 15 Sept
Stick Man Live
22 Oct – 24 Oct
Jack and the Beanstalk
24 Nov – 20 Jan 2019

Palace Theatre, Westcliff
430 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
Box Office – 01702 351135
southendtheatres.org.uk
How to Hide a Lion
18 Sept
Tom Thumb
7 Oct
Sleepyhead
17 Oct
Tabby McTat
22 Oct – 24 Oct
Stickman
2 Nov – 4 Nov
Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure
7 Nov – 10 Nov
Wizard of Oz
28 Nov – 1 Dec
Big Fish Little Fish – Family Rave
2 Dec
Oh Yes It Is – Family Friendly Performance
15 Dec
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness
16 Dec
Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure
21 Dec – 31 Dec

Princes Theatre
Clacton Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE
Box Office – 01255 686633
princestheatreclacton@tendringdc.gov.uk
princestheatre.co.uk
LDN Wrestling
25 Oct
Peter Pan
8 Dec — 1 Jan 2019
Peter Pan – Relaxed Performance
28 Dec

Queen’s Theatre
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
Box Office – 01708 443333
info@queens-theatre.co.uk
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Tales from the Shed – On Tour
8 Sept – 9 Sept
Randolph Matthews – Dancing and Singing
6 Oct
The Elves and the Shoemaker 
20 Oct
Papalarny the Magic Man
17 Nov
Jack and the Beanstalk
Selected dates 28 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Selected dates 3 Dec – 23 Dec
Sparky Elf and the Secret Workshop
15 Dec – 30 Dec

Thameside Theatre
Orsett Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX
Box Office – 0845 300 5264
www.thurrock.gov.uk/theatre
Cinderella
14 Sept – 15 Sept
Annie
15 Sept – 17 Sept
Aladdin
30 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019
Aladdin – Relaxed Performance
17 Dec

The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Box Office – 01268 465 465
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Aladdin Jr
5 Oct – 6 Oct
The Wind in the Willows
22 Oct
Snow White
28 Nov 2018 – 5 Jan 2019

West Cliff Theatre
Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE
Box Office – 01255 43 33 44 (option 1)
www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
Bing Live! Bing Goes to the Theatre
3 & 4 Oct
Little Mix Experience
12 Oct
Halloween Show
28 Oct
Elf the Musical Jr
18 Nov

Brentwood Theatre
15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AG
Box Office – 01277 200305
www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk
Legends of King Arthur
4 Dec – 30 Dec

Lakeside Theatre
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Square 5, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Box Office – arts@essex.ac.uk.
lakesidetheatre.org.uk