Children's Shows Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 10 Feb: The Throne, The Dead Show, How To Be A Kid

By | Published on Saturday 3 February 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

The Throne | King’s Head Theatre | 10+17 Feb
“The year is 2006 and The Queen is on a school visit to open the new Science Block at Dudley Goring Comprehensive School. Derek Jones, the school’s Head of Science, is not only an unreconstructed socialist and staunch Republican but also disillusioned and disappointed with life. In a fit of pique he decides to use the temporary ‘facilities’ which have been specially installed in the staff room for the Queen’s own personal use. His timing is, as ever, terrible and he is caught in the portaloo by the Queen herself.” I think this is a reading rather than a full performance of this new play, but I think it sounds promising. Details here.

The Dead Show | Waterloo East Theatre | 7-11 Feb (pictured)
The excellent John Luke Roberts returns with a show described as a “follow up of sorts” to his 2015 show ‘Stdad Up’, in which he addressed his grief by performing as his recently deceased father, described by our reviewer as “not your average dead dad show”. It sounds as though ‘The Dead Show’ will take a very different approach, taking a look at how memory keeps people alive, and Roberts sees it as the start of a lifetime project, something he will return to and update as the years progress. On as part of Vault Festival, but at Waterloo east, see this page here for more.

How To Be A Kid | Orange Tree Theatre | until 3 Mar
We’ve actually kinda already tipped this, because a while ago we tipped Paines Plough’s Roundabout season at Orange Tree Theatre and this is part of that. But I wanted to give this an extra shout out because we totally love it, and it’s the sort of brilliant show that is absolutely as entertaining for adults as it is for children. It’s won huge acclaim, and I don’t want you all to miss out on it. Head this way for more information and to book your tickets.