Top 3 Family Shows Based On Classic Children’s Novels

*This is a collaborative post on family shows.

Not only are Children’s novels educational tools, but they also capture children’s imaginations and unlock new, exciting worlds in their minds. So, what could be more magical than experiencing these novels performed live on stage as family shows? 

From the smash-hit Matilda the Musical, to the heart-warming reproduction of the Tiger Who Came to Tea, there is a huge variety of family shows based on classic novels showing in 2020. If you are unsure of where to find them, has an extensive list of family shows and tickets from different providers. Here are some of the best family shows coming up in 2020:

 Top 3 Family Shows Based On Classic Children’s Novels

The Tiger Who Came To Tea 

A timeless classic, Judith Kerr’s unique and much-loved tale The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been thrilling children since the 1960s. In 2008, the iconic novel’s picture drawings were brought to life with a live stage production by the highly acclaimed children’s director, David Wood. Excitingly, the Olivier nominated show is coming to the Princess Theatre Torquay on the 29th and 30th of April and showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 16th July to the 6th September. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea tells the delightful story of an enormous, very friendly tiger who turns up at Sophie’s front door just in time for tea. Extremely hungry and thirsty, he guzzles all the tea and clears out all the cupboards in the house. Featuring a life-sized tiger, catchy songs and dazzling set designs, the Tiger Who Came To Tea will undoubtedly put a smile on your children’s faces whilst they sing along with a very energetic tiger. 

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Matilda the Musical

Whether you have read Roald Dahl’s novel or experienced Danny Divito’s multi-award winning film, there is no doubt that Matilda is a children’s classic in most people’s eyes. Do you love musicals and Matilda? Then Matilda the Musical is a must! Winner of 90 international awards including 7 Oliviers, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical has enjoyed immense international success. 

Matilda the Musical captures the captivating story of Matilda, the extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. Overcoming obstacles involving her hateful family and difficulty at school, Matilda, with the help of the wonderful Miss Honey, makes a stand. With an incredible musical score by Tim Minchin, dazzling choreography and of course, a compelling storyline, Matilda the Musical will be an unforgettable theatrical experience that all the family can enjoy. If you are planning on taking a West End Trip to London, Matilda, which is currently showing at the Cambridge Theatre, would be the perfect family day out. 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Wendy, Peter Pan and Neverland… we are all familiar with JM Barie’s beloved tale of Peter Pan, the little boy who never wants to grow up. Having enjoyed several successful reproductions on both the small screen and the stage, The Mischief Theatre brings something new to the table with their hilarious play within a play, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 

Perhaps a family show for older children to enjoy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong centres around the Cornely Polytechnic Society, an Am Dram group who, as the title suggests, completely dismantle the much-loved classic. With fourth-wall breaking disputes, failed stage flying attempts and many problems with the scenery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is pure slapstick, laugh-out loud comedy which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Showing at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from the 18th – 22nd February as well as other UK cities, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is an incredibly unique recreation of this children’s classic.

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