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Family and Children's Shows* in Manchester
* these are our picks for family & childrens shows, please be aware that some will be for older childen some for younger and some you may find inapropriate where others may not.
 
 
 
 
THE NOISE NEXT DOOR  
Sunday 30th April 2017 - The Lowry
Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity, wowing audiences of all ages and critics alike.
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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS  
Friday 5th May 2017 - The Lowry
Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.
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HAPPILY EVER AFTER  
Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd May 2017 - The Lowry
Created by Action Transport Theatre and The Proud Trust, Happily Ever After is inspired by Dutch children’s book ‘King and King ’ by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland. The show uses ATT’s trademark highly visual, wordless storytelling and comedy clowning to tell this funny and delightful twist on the traditional fairytale.
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GERONIMO KIDS FESTIVAL  
Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017 - Arley Hall, Northwich

Geronimo is a family festival aimed at children under 13 and their families. The festival is focused on quality family time and imaginative play. The aim of the festival is to encourage families to play, learn and create magical memories together. New for 2017 Glamping & Camping options!

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DINOSAUR WORLD  
Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st May 2017 - The Lowry
An interactive new for show all the family. Grab your compass and discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.
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GANGSTA GRANNY  
Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th June 2017 - Opera House

From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as Ben embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

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THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER  
Sunday 11th June 2017 - The Lowry
Join Full House Theatre on a high jinks journey of joy and rediscovering of the past in their family show The Elves and The Shoemaker. In this topsy-turvy re-telling we meet Geoff, a lovable retired shoemaker. Now in his twilight years Geoff struggles with his memory and the patchwork of his past.
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THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES  
Sunday 11th June 2017 - The Lowry
Inspired by the Muppets, Danny Kaye and good old family movies, this romp through a classic, eccentric tale tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything.
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THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON  
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017 - The Lowry
From Number One bestselling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?
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ROALD DAHL'S FANTASTIC MR FOX  

Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th July 2017 - The Lowry

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations promises a huge theatrical feast with live music and songs, ideal for the whole family.
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HOW TIME FLIES  
Sunday 23rd July 2017 - The Lowry
HandMade Theatre presents, How Time Flies, an original and quirky show inspired by the wonderful and intriguing world of archaeology.
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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN  
Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production.
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MY FIRST BALLET CINDERELLA  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - Opera House

Enjoy everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story, in a beautifully adapted ballet version for children aged three upwards. Since its creation in 2012, over 200,000 people have enjoyed our My First Ballet series.

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THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA  
Tuesday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...,expect to be surprised!
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ROOM ON THE BROOM  
Tuesday 1st to Sunday 27th August 2017 - The Lowry
Join the Witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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THE WIGGLES  
Friday 4th August 2017 - The Lowry
Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will play everyone’s favourite Wiggles songs like ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Rock-a-Bye your Bear’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, along with their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.
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PAW PATROL LIVE!  
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017 - Manchester Arena

PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure to Manchester. Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master and featuring a cast of everybody’s favourite PAW Patrol characters.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK  
Tuesday 29th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017 - The Lowry
This spectacular new production from award-winning Metta Theatre brings Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century with breathtaking street dance and circus.
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BEAR GRYLLS KIDS: SURVIVAL RACES & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL  
Saturday 9th September 2017 - Tatton Park

Held in scenic woodland and countryside, the Bear Grylls Survival Race, BG Outdoor Festival and BG Kids Race will take you, your family and friends through the expansive parkland and woodland belts unique to the park. We want to see all of our little adventurers challenging themselves at the BG Kids Race.

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DINOSAURS IN THE WILD  
Saturday 30th September 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 - EventCity

The greatest journey you will ever take! Climb aboard our time machine & travel back to witness living dinosaurs. See & feel for yourself what it was really like to be there, in the late Cretaceous, 67 million years ago. You’ve never seen dinosaurs like this before. But remember, if you can see them, they can see you.

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DISNEY ON ICE PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th October 2017 - Manchester Arena

Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favourite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Disney’s Frozen.

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SLAVAS SNOW SHOW  
Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October 2017 - The Lowry
The multi award-winning international sensation returns to Manchester by popular demand. A wonder of a show that is equally enjoyed by adults and families alike.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL  
Friday 17th November 2017 to Saturday 13th January 2018 - Bolton Ocatagon

Charles Dickens’ cherished festive tale is brought to life in this enchanting stage adaptation full of joy, song, and magic! Featuring a host of classic Christmas carols this heartwarming and uplifting story is the perfect festive treat.

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ELF  
Friday 24th November 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018 - The Lowry
Following a smash hit, sell out run in the West End, Elf the Musical spends Christmas 2017 at The Lowry.
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DICK WHITTINGTON  
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 - Opera House

This year the Manchester Opera House will journey to London this festive season in the magical pantomime adventure Dick Whittington. Join hero Dick Whittington (and his faithful feline pal) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Mayor of London.

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SHREK THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 28th January 2018 - Palace Theatre

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

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MATILDA THE MUSICAL  
Tue 18th September 2018 to Sat 24th November 2018 - Palace Theatre

TICKETS ON SALE SOON! Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

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WICKED  
Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS FOR 2018/2019. An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.

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