1 The Elephantom
The National Theatre’s popular adaptation of Ross Collins’ picture book The Elephantom, about a little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a giant blue ghost-elephant, charged into the New London Theatre for summer. For children of 3+, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry, movement, dance, music and theatrical ingenuity. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house – he makes life so much more fun – but Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long he’s causing a lot of trouble.
Running now until 6 September at New London Theatre, Drury Lane WC2B 5PW. Tickets £13-£20. To book call the National Theatre Box Office (no booking fee) on 020 7452 3000 or see nationaltheatre.org.uk. Follow the production on Twitter at @TheElephantom and #TheElephantom
2 When I Think About The Universe I Laugh For No Reason
What happened before the beginning, and before the beginning of that? Why couldn’t I speak for the first seven years of my life? If there is life after death, then what is the point of growing old? It isn’t only philosophers who ask difficult questions. These eight teenagers have some questions of their own about what makes us who we are. When I Think About The Universe I Laugh For No Reason, devised by the Unicorn Young Company, is directed by Ellen Edwin-Scott and Emma Higham. Running 28-20 August. Look out too for Seesaw, which explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. Running from Saturday 6 September to Sunday 2 November for ages 2+.
Tickets for both shows £10-£16. 147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ; 020 7645 0560; unicorntheatre.com
3 Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a brand new production headed for the Churchill Theatre Bromley from 3-4 September. The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quickly. They set up a fete to raise the money for Mr Bull to do the repairs. There’s plenty of fun to be had as Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep put up bunting, run stalls and organise a great day out. Peppa Pig returns live on stage with puppets and brilliant sing-a-long songs from BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson. It’s another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles.
Tickets £14.50-£16.50. Churchill Theatre Bromley, High Street, Bromley, Kent BR1 1HA. To book call 0844 871 7620 (booking fee) or see atgtickets.com/bromley (booking fee)