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5 family-friendly performing arts shows to see with your kids

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As we’ve entered the back-to-school season, it’s certainly important for youngsters and kids to focus on their academic studies, but that doesn’t have to mean all work and no play. During downtime from their schoolrooms, why not take your little ones to some of the best theatrical productions in the 852? And we mean the family-friendly ones, so both you and the kids can be thoroughly entertained. If you’re tickled, read on to see our picks of the best family-friendly performing arts shows happening in town this season.


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Matilda The Musical
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Matilda the Musical

Adapted from the beloved book of Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical tells the story of a five-year-old girl who has an affinity for reading and learning. Suppressed by her TV-obsessed parents, who pay her little attention, and her despotic headmistress Miss Trunchbull, Matilda seeks solace in the library, reclaiming her individuality and talent through the help of librarian Mrs Phelps and class teacher Miss Honey. Featuring an original score by Olivier Award winner Tim Minchin, produced by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, and director Matthew Warchus, the successful musical that has taken London by storm will be debuting on our shores this September.

When: September 20–October 20

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $445–$845

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 Madagascar The Musical

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Madagascar the Musical

Prepare to move it, move it, because Madagascar The Musical is coming to Hong Kong! Based on the popular Dreamworks animated film, the audience follows Alex the Lion and his motley gang of friends as they escape from their homes in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the surreal, madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Prepare to swing and sway with the brisk and upbeat score and, of course, don’t forget everyone’s favourites, the four prodigious penguins, who will take to the stage with their waggish, secretive missions.

When: September 12–15

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $395–$795

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Where is Peter Rabbit?

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Where is Peter Rabbit?

Delve into the magical world of Beatrix Potter as the author’s most beloved character, Peter Rabbit, is brought to life in a theatrical grandeur. Based on the original and heartwarming tales that are loved by both adults and children, Where is Peter Rabbit? is a drama production involving beautifully-handcrafted puppets, enchanting songs, and a sprinkle of magic. A bedtime story that has been told and retold for centuries, you’ll certainly delight in the fantastic choreography and entrancing set, featuring all of your favourite characters. Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Twiggly Winkle, and Peter Rabbit will perform a set of joyful tunes with lyrics by one of Britain’s most renowned playwrights, Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

When: September 27–October 6

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $215–$475

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Disney The Lion King

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Disney’s The Lion King

If you’re grumbling that you didn’t catch Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King in cinema on time, fret not, because the musical sensation based on the original animation of 1994 is also coming to Hong Kong this December. As one of the most successful and longest-running musicals since its debut back in 1997, it brings together an innovative array of state-of-the-art visual artistry, the memorable score that seals the memory of a generation, and unique storytelling. This is the chance for you and your little ones to witness the theatrical phenomena in Hong Kong for the first time ever.

When: December 18–January 5

Where: Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau

How Much: $399–$1099

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James and the Giant Peach

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James and the Giant Peach

Most kids will already know and adore Roald Dahl’s fabulous stories. This time, Faust International Youth Theatre is adapting the author’s acclaimed children’s novel, James and the Giant Peach, to the stage. This performing arts show takes you into James’s isolated world with his two awful aunts, whom he desperately wants to get away from. Join James as he embarks on a grand adventure, involving an enormous peach in his garden and a journey to bustling New York City with some unusual insect friends. It’s an enthralling experience for those who are already familiar with Dahl’s book, and a great introduction to your children if they are new to the author’s quirky work.

When: November 7–10

Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

How much: $250–$290

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