Easter is on the way, which can only mean one thing. The children need entertaining for two whole weeks.

With most west London borough state schools breaking up for the holidays from Friday March 25 to Sunday April 10 , you'll need lots of activities in the diary to keep them occupied.

And what better way to spend the Easter holidays with your kids than treating them to some fun theatre? Here's our pick of the best children's theatre going on over the Spring holiday period.


The Man in the Woman's Shoes at Tricycle Theatre

Set in Ireland in October 1978, The Man In The Woman's Shoes follows the life of Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again.

Funny, tender and at times downright daft, this piece of theatre has toured across the USA and Ireland, including a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Monday April 4 to Saturday April 23. Tickets cost from £18 to £24.

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn , NW6 7JR - 020 7328 1000


Little Shop of Horrors at The Questor's Theatre

This multi-award-winning cult classic is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time. Children will love this comedy horror rock musical, which is charming, tuneful and hilarious.

Wednesday April 6 to Saturday April 9. Tickets cost £17 for adults, £14 for concessions and £12 for side seats from Thursday to Saturday. On Wednesday all tickets cost £14.

The Questor's Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing , W5 5BQ - 020 8567 0011

Hammersmith & Fulham

A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Lyric Hammersmith

This classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist by The Lyric Theatre and Filter Theatre Company. This production returns to the Lyric after its critically acclaimed 2012 run.

Don't miss one of the most exciting Shakespeare productions of recent years!

Play runs until Saturday March 19. Tickets cost from £15 to £35.

The Lyric Theatre, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith , W6 0QL - 020 8741 6850


Rapunzel at Harrow Arts Centre

From the Emmy Award-winning team behind the television series Friends, comes Rapunzel, an exciting musical for all the family.

Watch this traditional fairytale get tipped on its head, as this witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling comes to life with witches, princes, and of course a strong-willed young girl with the longest hair you're ever likely to come across!

Tuesday April 5, 2pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions.

Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End , Harrow , HA5 4EA - 020 8416 8989

Captain Calamity's Crazy Science Show! at Harrow Arts Centre

Captain Calamity will mix up a batch of twisty, sloppy, stretchy green slime, launch Alka Seltzer rockets and send Smoke Rings high into the air.

Featuring marvels such as Elephant Toothpaste, giant towers of foam and balloons that won't pop, this spectacular show of things that ooze, bubble, fizz and pop will leave children and adults alike wide eyed with wonder!

Tuesday March 29, 2pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £6 for concessions.

Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End , Harrow , HA5 4EA - 020 8416 8989


Gangsta Granny at Richmond Theatre

It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing... Staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure - It's going to be sooooooooo boring!

But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine.

Based on the bestselling book, don't miss out on Gangsta Granny in Richmond

Play runs from Tuesday March 22 to Saturday March 26. Tickets cost from £23.40.

Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond , TW9 1QJ - 0844 871 7651

Grass at Watermans Arts Centre

Explore the ground and all of its wriggly inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children.

Featuring worms, slugs, snails, spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing and plenty of obscure related statistics, Grass uses performance, puppetry and projection to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, to get mucky and play!

Saturday April 2 to Sunday April 3. Tickets cost from £7 to £8.

Watermans Arts Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford , TW8 0DS - 020 8232 1019

Jonny and the Baptists: The End is Nigh at Orange Tree Theatre

If you have slightly older children (14 and above), Jonny and the Baptists' hilarious new comedy music show is bound to have them howling with laughter.

The End is Nigh is a brand new show about family, friendship and environmental disaster, from the multi-award-nominated musical comedy stars of Radio 4's The Now Show.

Sunday April 3, 7pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £12 for students.

Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond , TW9 2SA - 020 8940 3633


The Railway Children at The Beck Theatre

Enjoy a fun adaptation of E. Nesbit's classic The Railway Children. The whole audience will have the chance to get up and join in, with eight lucky children performing on stage with a professional team of actors.

Join in the adventure with this fabulous piece of children's theatre... Don't miss out!

Wednesday March 30, 2.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 for adults, £11.50 for children.

The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes , UB3 2UE - 020 8561 8371


Snow White at The Polka Theatre

It's mayhem in the kitchen for sisters Bella and Bijou, the calamitous cooks who look after the royal household and the King's daughter Snow White. It's a kitchen crammed with cooking, chaos and cakes!

Enjoy a fast-paced fresh take on this famous tale, featuring plenty of songs and music.

Wednesday March 23 to Sunday April 10. Tickets cost £13.50 for adults and children and £10 for concessions.

Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon , SW19 1SB - 020 8543 4888

Why not try some fun baking recipes out with your children this Easter?