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Family First Nights


We are pleased to announce that our 21st anniversary Family First Nights Programme is now LIVE! Applications are coming in thick and fast for performances from 22nd July - 26th August. 


With 39 shows on offer, three free workshops, five access performances, free children's books and even a few ' meet and greets' with the cast - you won't want to miss out!



If you are an organisation and would like more infomation about Family First Nights, please get in touch on 020 7632 4111. 



 2018 Programme Highlights

What an incredible year it's been for Family First Nights: the 20th year in our history!

Our 20th Anniversary programme was our biggest yet and enabled 506 families to visit the theatre for the very first time.  With the generous support and collaboration of our friends across theatreland, we were able to offer families: 

£6 tickets to a choice of 33 top West End shows, from musicals and dance, to puppetry and plays!

Free family workshops run in conjunction with The Little Mermaid, We're Going On A Bear Hunt and Barmy Britain

A unique, unprecedented opportunity to bring their elder relatives to attend our first inter-generational event, A Gran' Day Out

Free books to accompany stage adaptations of children's classics including The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Scarecrow's Wedding

The chance to win top prizes in a special art competition judged by leading children's illustrators Tony Ross and Nick Sharratt

Read the full highlights here

About Family First Nights

 Celebrating its 20th year in 2018, our unique Family First Nights programme enables disadvantaged families to enjoy top London theatre shows for just £6 a ticket.  

Since the programme was established in 1998, thousands of families have come together to enjoy the magical and memorable experience of visiting the theatre, many doing so for the very first time.  We provide additional support and information every step of the way, to ensure families have the best experience possible.

Families join Family First Nights by participating in our summer programme, which runs from the end of July to the end of August each year.  Families can choose to see any show from the wide and diverse selection we present each year: from celebrated West End musical productions like Wicked, to acclaimed adaptations of children’s books like The Gruffalo
Once they’ve participated in the summer programme, families can then choose to stay on as a member of our Family First Nights email ‘club’, to whom we continue to send exclusive theatre ticket offers every month thereafter. 
We're always thrilled to receive feedback from families and to hear all about their theatregoing experiences. We've received thousands of letters, emails, photos and even artworks over the past 20 years - here's just a snapshot:
"Living in such a culturally rich city can feel surreal if you are only a bystander, not a participant. This was our 'sunshine moment'."
"It's a wonderful opportunity to be able to afford a family night out in the West End. Our whole family had an absolutely brilliant time!"

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Image: We're Going On A Bear Hunt, copyright Lesley Cook

Family First Nights Email Offers 

After taking part in the summer programme, past participants who give consent are added onto our Family First Nights email list and receive regular, exclusive ticket offers to see top family theatre shows like We're Going On A Bear Hunt.  Families remain on this list for as long as they have children between the ages of 3 – 17 years. 

If you are a family who has gone through our summer programme, but are not receiving our emails please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other ways to get great offers

Sign up to the Official London Theatre's Family Bulletin

If your children are aged 15+, they can sign up to one of our independent theatre-going schemes theatrelive4£5 and westend4£10

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Support Family First Nights

Over the past two decades, our Family First Nights programme has made to a huge impact and difference to families accross London.  Each year we strive to make it even greater: to expand on the programme and offer even more families the opportunity to experience and enjoy theatre for the first time, and for a lifetime.  

To help us continue to deliver and build on the success of Family First Nights you can: 


Fundraise:  You don't need to run a marathon for Mousetrap - we're all about fun fundraising! Organise a bake sale, a theatre quiz, a dress-up day themed around your favourite West End show... the possibilites are endless.  You could even go on a sponsored theatre crawl with friends! 

Volunteer: We often need help to adminster and deliver the Family First Nights summer programme.   If you are interested in volunteering for us please visit our Opportunities page.  


Our Supporters

We are most grateful to The Society of London Theatre, The Childhood Trust and The Wates Foundation for funding Family First Nights and to the producers of the participating theatre productions and their amazing venue teams for their valued support.


Contact Us

Mousetrap Theatre Projects
33 Shaftesbury Avenue

t: 020 7632 4111
e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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