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    London West End Show recommendations for a fidgety 4yr old please!!

    I'm going to London in October with hubby and 2 daughters and want to take them to see a show. Now the 8yr old will sit and watch (and enjoy) anything, but the 4yr old is fidgety, can't watch an entire film (except Mamma Mia) and has been to the cinema a few times but has never sat still throughout the whole film. However, we did take her to see our Snow White pantomime at Christmas and she sat mesmerised through it.

    The 4 shows we've narrowed it down to are Mamma Mia (because as said above, this is the only film she will sit and watch all the way through), The Lion King, Oliver and Hairspray, both girls like all these last 3 films but the 4yr old doesn't always last the whole film.

    I basically just wanted recommendations if anyone has been to see these and if they think a fidgety 4yr old would enjoy it. Any help would be appreciated as we don't want to spend a fortune on show tickets for it to be stressful.

    Thanks

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    Rohipnol or Medised. :w00t:

    im not sure aven q has puppets in it but its mean to be for adults how about wicked

    kyalion;5665093

    Rohipnol or Medised. :w00t:



    funnily enough was thinking that but didnt wanna be harsh

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    kyalion;5665093

    Rohipnol or Medised. :w00t:



    It's been considered, believe me!!

    Avoid the Lion King, we went last year and all of the kids in the theatre were figeting or crying or being right pains

    Lion King is really spectacular. There were loads of little children there when I went to see it.

    choc1969;5665129

    Avoid the Lion King, we went last year and all of the kids in the theatre … Avoid the Lion King, we went last year and all of the kids in the theatre were figeting or crying or being right pains



    Ha ha! That's opinions for you!

    I have a three and a half yr old and to be honest I wouldnt risk a whole theatre show on him, as you never know when they're going to be feeling overwhelmed or upset or overexcited and just not want to sit through the whole thing... If you choose to go anyway, be prepared for one of you to have to leave early with the youngest if they get too fidgety as you dont wanna ruin the show for others x x

    i would say wicked especially if she love wizard of oz althought lazy town are doing a show next year

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    choc1969 and rose_cat_jr, you are obviously just trying to confuse me even more!!

    jamespir - I presume you mean avenue q, I'd never heard of it but will take a look, thanks.

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    ClarityofMind;5665142

    I have a three and a half yr old and to be honest I wouldnt risk a whole … I have a three and a half yr old and to be honest I wouldnt risk a whole theatre show on him, as you never know when they're going to be feeling overwhelmed or upset or overexcited and just not want to sit through the whole thing... If you choose to go anyway, be prepared for one of you to have to leave early with the youngest if they get too fidgety as you dont wanna ruin the show for others x x



    She'll be 5 in February so not far off and when we take her to the cinema, she's not naughty and isn't one to have a strop, she just can't sit still and can't whisper (which actually is quite funny to start off with) even when she thinks she's whispering it's louder than normal.

    We took her to Lincoln's pantomime at Xmas to test the theatre situation out and like I said, she loved it and was as good as gold so I'm hoping a London show will do the same. Someone above mentioned Avenue Q which i'd never heard of but it looks quite good - and cheap!!

    Annie1508;5665167

    She'll be 5 in February so not far off and when we take her to the … She'll be 5 in February so not far off and when we take her to the cinema, she's not naughty and isn't one to have a strop, she just can't sit still and can't whisper (which actually is quite funny to start off with) even when she thinks she's whispering it's louder than normal.We took her to Lincoln's pantomime at Xmas to test the theatre situation out and like I said, she loved it and was as good as gold so I'm hoping a London show will do the same. Someone above mentioned Avenue Q which i'd never heard of but it looks quite good - and cheap!!



    well I hope you have fun and enjoy it and enjoy this naughty city x x

    Annie1508;5665151

    choc1969 and rose_cat_jr, you are obviously just trying to confuse me … choc1969 and rose_cat_jr, you are obviously just trying to confuse me even more!!jamespir - I presume you mean avenue q, I'd never heard of it but will take a look, thanks.



    Avenue Q more for adults, can you not hold off before taking her to a full length show ?

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    jamespir;5665096

    im not sure aven q has puppets in it but its mean to be for adults … im not sure aven q has puppets in it but its mean to be for adults how about wicked



    Hmm, had a look into it and it certainly sounds like it's geared more towards adults so think I'll definitely avoid, don't want to be explaining some of the material to an 8yr old!!

    What about Grease or Hairspray ?

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    choc1969;5665188

    Avenue Q more for adults, can you not hold off before taking her to a … Avenue Q more for adults, can you not hold off before taking her to a full length show ?



    This is the first time we've been to London since 2002 and we've never bought the kids. Money being the way it is I doubt that we'll be coming again for a while which is why we wanted to take the opportunity of seeing a show this time.

    Avenue Q is definitely NOT appropriate for children!

    Annie1508;5665191

    Hmm, had a look into it and it certainly sounds like it's geared more … Hmm, had a look into it and it certainly sounds like it's geared more towards adults so think I'll definitely avoid, don't want to be explaining some of the material to an 8yr old!!



    Or vice versa :w00t:

    My son sat through Joseph twice when he was 5 and absolutely loved it both times. We also took him to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which he was amazed at. He was not too impressed with Annie though (can't think why!!!) but he also loved Beauty & the Beast.

    Like others say, Lion King was too noisy and other kids were too much of a distraction so would avoid that one.

    Hi
    the obvious answer would be Mamma Mia if the little person will sit through it on film then the music will be familiar try
    polkatheatre.com/
    they are in Wimbledon and do great kids theatre also check out the unicorn theatre website again another great kids space
    Avenue q is far to old and i would say that wicked is also a bit on the old side (and really loud)
    Joseph is great for all ages and quite short so is great for young ones
    Do check out last minute deals on tickets and if you buy on the day at box office don't be afraid to ask for discounts (particually if you have a student card)
    n

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    Thanks for your help everyone, I hadn't thought of Joseph as I've already been to see it twice but we are talking Philip Schofield/Jason Donovan era here!! Will add that to the pot, not sure about Wicked as I think it might frighten her (she jumps at her own shadow at the moment!!).
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