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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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BODY OF LIGHT  
Various Dates & Venues

Light, technology and dance combine in this beautiful little show suitable for tiny people and big people too!

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER  
Various Dates & Venues

Once upon a time, in kingdom on top of the highest mountain  in all the land, there lived a grouchy Queen, and her son,  the Prince.

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CHILD OF THE DIVIDE  
Friday 20th October 2017 - Z-Arts

A story of family, identity and belonging; marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India. Summer 1947 and 16 million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the violent political upheaval young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever.

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LIZ PICHON  
Saturday 21st October 2017 - The Lowry
Join Liz as she presents TOM GATES BRILLIANT BANDS AND DOODLE LIVE TOUR, a hugely fun-packed & INTERACTIVE monster drawing event with live music! Bring a pencil and paper, learn to doodle just like Tom and hear DUDE3 Tom's FAVOURITE band in the whole WIDE world play some excellent tunes.
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CATAPLUF'S MUSICAL JOURNEY  
Saturday 21st October 2017 - Z-Arts

A magical musical journey packed full of rhythms and tunes from every corner of the globe spiced up with samba sounds, roof-raising jazz and foot-stomping klezmer. Discover music hiding in the everyday things around us on a colourful journey of rhythms and sounds.

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PRINCE OF FIRE  
Sunday 22nd October 2017 - The Lowry
When Ravana the ten-headed demon draws darkness over the world, can Rama and Sita's love and courage bring back a glimmer of light? Join Hanuman's monkey army in the quest to restore the true King and Queen to the throne and cast radiance among the darkness.
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HANDAS SURPRISE  
Sunday 22nd October 2017 - Z-Arts

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

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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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WHY THE WHALES CAME  
Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th October 2017 - The Lowry
Children Gracie and Daniel are forbidden to go near the seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages intrigue them and after being lost at sea and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ superstitions and why the whales came to the island.
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BIG IMAGINATIONS JAZZ CLUB  
Thursday 26th October 2017 - Z-Arts

Arun Ghosh’s musical moods take you on journeys along rivers, through mountains and into the heart of the city. Hear how Arun’s melodies and rhythms draw together jazz, hip-hop and South Asian music, with clarinet, double-bass and the dazzling, percussive sounds of the tabla.

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FAIRYTALES GONE BAD:  
GRANNYLOCKS / THE MONSTROUS DUCKLING
Saturday 28th October 2017 - Z-Arts

Join award-winning performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

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FAIRYTALES GONE BAD:  
ZOMBIE-RELLA / BLOOD RED HOOD
Saturday 28th October 2017 - Z-Arts

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

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YOUR TOYS  
Sunday 29th October 2017 - The Lowry
The show where your toys are part of the big adventure! This show is made by your toys. Grownups and children alike, bring your own toy to the theatre to join in this gigantic adventure.
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THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY  
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November 2017 - The Lowry
Fuel, in association with Stratford Circus Arts Centre, presents Gyre & Gimble’s 'The Hartlepool Monkey' written by Carl Grose. An adventure story for sea dogs and landlubbers, children and adults alike.
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TALES OF BIRBAL  
Saturday 4th November 2017 - Z-Arts

Step into the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar and his witty advisor, the legendary Birbal…Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers, living hand-to- mouth with just a wooden cart, trinkets they have collected on their travels, and a family of mischievous crows for company.

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DREAM FACTORY  
Sunday 5th November 2017 - The Lowry
Following the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream, we embark on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like... and even what they smell like!
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THE SNOWMAN  
Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th November 2017 - Opera House

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

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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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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES  
Thursday 16th November 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Neil Sands and his brilliant west end cast are back with their 2017 Christmas production which has been described as “like a sparkly Christmas card come to life ”

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TELETUBBIES: BIG HUGS  
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2017 - Palace Theatre

The world premiere of the iconic Teletubbies’ first ever theatre show, created especially for your little ones, is here! Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland.

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THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK  
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2017 - The Lowry
Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his beloved classic poem.
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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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TIDY UP  
Sunday 19th November 2017 - The Lowry
When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go… this dance-theatre show gets all messed up! As we wriggle our way through the muddle of life we often discover things anew. So why can’t tidiness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for parents?
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THE SNOW DRAGON  
Sunday 26th November 2017 - The Lowry
The night of the snow dragon approaches... Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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