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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: 

"A whole new world!" 

"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!"

Participating in our 2018 Programme


In order for you and your family to participate in Family First Nights you need to be referred by one of our partner organisations, from whom you will receive an information pack and a copy of our summer programme.   This programme has been created specifically for disadvantaged families and is not open to the general public.  

If you consider your family to be disadavantaged and are affiliated with an organisation working with families (e.g. social service agency, housing association, carers trust), please tell them about Family First Nights and encourage them to register as one of our approved referring organisations by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Once they've been approved and registered with us, we can then send out the information packs and you can join us for Family First Nights 2018! 

Please note: As a family, you can only participate in our summer programme once, but you can ask to be added to our Family First Nights email list and receive theatre offers throughout the year. 

Referring Organisations

We work with a wide variety of organisations, agencies, associations, schools and charities across London and the South-East to help us enable disadvantaged families to take part in the programme.  

We welcome applications from new organisations each year - the more families we can reach the better.  If you're an organisation working with disadvantaged families and are interested in participating in Family First Nights 2018 please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and be added to our list of approved referrers.   We will then send you everything you need to know and copies of this year's booklet to send out to your families. 

If you need additional copies of the Family First Nights 2018 booklet please email us to request more. 

Additional Family Theatre 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 from us thereafter.  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: 

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,

Visitors: Entrance is on Rupert Street

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


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Registered charity number 1053434