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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.
 
 
 
 
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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DICK WHITTINGTON  
Sat 11th November 2017 to Wed 6th January 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

Dick Whittington has fabulous costumes, glitz and glamour, silliness and slapstick and hit songs to sing along to. This pantomime appeals to ALL the family, from kids to not-so-grown-up grown-ups. A great way to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.

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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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ALADDIN  
Friday 1st December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 - Stockport Plaza

Take a magical carpet ride to the North West’s home of sensational pantomime entertainment for our glittering production ALADDIN starring TED ROBBINS and BRIAN CAPRON!

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
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Tuesday 5th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018
OFFER EXTENDED - £20 TICKETS - The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days.
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RED RIDING HOOD AND THE WOLF  
Thursday 7th to Saturday 30th December 2017 - HOME Manchester

You may think you know the story of Red Riding Hood, sugar and spice and all things nice. But there are two sides to every story, so let’s hear it from the Wolf himself! Here’s the story never heard of a kind and hungry wolf who strayed from the path and lost his friends.

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LITTLE RED AND THE BIG BAD WOLF  
Friday 8th to Saturday 16th December 2017 - Z-Arts

Join in this Christmas for a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale packed with music, dance and song.

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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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WINTER WONDERLAND  
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018 - EventCity

Winter Wonderland returns to Manchester. Each session lasts 4 hours and include all rides, the Christmas Circus and a Meet & Greet with Santa!

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BOLTON WINTER FESTIVAL  
Sat 2nd December 2017 - Sun 7th January 2018 - Victoria Square, Bolton

Bolton Winter Festival - Covered Ice Rink, Meet Santa at his Grotto, Giant Snow Slide, Festive Christmas Markets. Fun for all the family this Christmas.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  
Sunday 10th to Sunday 31st December 2017 - King Georges Hall
Stageworks Worldwide Productions will return to King George’s Hall in December 2017 for their take on the classic tale – Beauty and the Beast. True to panto form, there will be brilliant goodies and baddies, singing, dancing, acrobatics, and plenty of magic.
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CINDERELLA  
Sunday 17th to Sunday 31st December 2017 - Dancehouse Theatre
The Dancehouse and eight freestyle are delighted to be collaborating on another panto fantastical romp full of dance, song music and comedy. This year’s panto will be of the classical tale of Cinderella. ​Come and meet Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and root for Cinderella and her Prince!
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THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF HOLLY CHRISTMAS  
Wednesday 20th to Sunday 31st December 2017 - The Lowry
Despite her name Holly has never had the Christmas she dreams of. Can a magic wish and two very special visitors help her find what she is looking for?
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MOTHER GOOSE  
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th January 2018 - The Lowry
As the good fairy Willowgood battles the evil Ravenhart for the heart of Mother Goose and Matilda’s golden eggs, this wonderful fairytale comes to life.
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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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TOM THUMB  
Sunday 28th January 2018 - The Lowry
Cbeebies Patrick Lynch, who has been performing it for more than a decade, brings this classic story to life in a playful and fascinating show.
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AMERICAN WRESTLING  
Saturday 3rd February 2018 - King Georges Hall
See the Superstars Live In Action! Boo the bad guys! Cheer the good guys! Championship Cage/Ladder Match. Book now to avoid disappointment
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HEAVEN ON EARTH  
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018 - Manchester Arena

This spectacular new musical is brought to audiences by Eden International Productions and journeys back to the very beginning of time. Starring Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard & featuring the voice of Russell Watson, the greatest story ever told is to come to life with brand new musical Heaven on Earth.

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NICK SHARRATT'S BIG DRAW  
Sunday 25th February 2018 - The Lowry
Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips.
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FIRST STEPS - THE SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Friday 2nd March 2018 - The Lowry
First Steps - The Sleeping Beauty - Birmingham Royal Ballet - A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet.
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PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE  
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018 - Opera House

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

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LEAF  
Sunday 4th March 2018 - The Lowry
Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Framed within an evocative soundscape, this is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.
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CIRQUE BERSERK!  
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March 2018 - Palace Theatre

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

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TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES  
Friday 16th to Saturday 18th March 2018 - The Lowry
Freckle Productions presents This delightful production is brought to you by the team behind Stick Man Live, adapted from the bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA  
Friday 23rd March 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Beauty And The Beast with Live Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

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A TIGER'S TALE  
Sunday 25th March 2018 - The Lowry
Join Titch, Ma and Pa on their riotous adventure into a world where ‘all the best stories end with a surprise.'
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ATTRAPE - MOI! (CATCH ME)  
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - The Lowry
A circus performance of teasing, companionship and joy for life, touched with the sadness that such moments are fleeting. An evening of spectacular tumbling and circus acrobatics, perfect for all the family!
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JUSTIN'S BAND  
Friday 6th April 2018 - The Lowry
Are you ready to be part of Justin’s Band? Because BAFTA award winning actor Justin Fletcher is going on a Musical Adventure and we would love you to come and play along with the band!
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YOU'VE GOT DRAGONS  
Sunday 8th April 2018 - The Lowry
A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?
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COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS  
Sunday 8th April 2018 - The Lowry
Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits!
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LITTLE MERMAID THE CIRCUS SENSATION  
Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th April 2018 - The Lowry
Through spectacular circus and spellbinding original folk songs, this much loved fable is reimagined for the whole family. In a brand new version, the award-winning Metta Theatre tells Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale with awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful music.
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FAST & FURIOUS LIVE  
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2018 - Manchester Arena

The action and excitement from one of the most popular and enduring film series of all-time will come to life in this ground-breaking live-arena tour. The adrenaline-fueled, two-hour show is set to be the most spectacular live arena production ever produced!

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN  
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April 2018 - The Lowry
Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in the rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist, Rumpelstiltskin is outcast until he is revealed to be "the true prince that he was”. Ages 7+.
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MY FIRST BALLET - SWAN LAKE  
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April 2018 - Opera House

Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet. Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.

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AWFUL AUNTIE  
Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th June 2018 - Opera House

From the acclaimed producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost!

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WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD  
Wednesday 1st to Sunday 26th August 2018 - The Lowry
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own!
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WALKING WITH DINOSAURS  
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August 2018 - Manchester Arena

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular! Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. The dazzling $20 million production has been seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world.Watch them walk. Hear them roar.

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MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th August 2018 - Palace Theatre
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
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PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August 2018 - The Lowry
Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.
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MATILDA THE MUSICAL  
Tue 18th September 2018 to Sat 24th November 2018 - Palace Theatre

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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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th September 2018 - Manchester Arena

Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in '09 as a Big Top show, OVO embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now, visiting Manchester in 2018.

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STICK MAN  
Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Lowry
This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
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WICKED  
Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

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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CINDERELLA  
Saturday 8th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - Opera House

Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

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DOCTOR DOLITTLE  
Thursday 11th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019 - The Lowry
Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this stage version has music, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.  From the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this production promises stunning visual puppetry and fun for all the family. 
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