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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.
 
 
 
 
SWANHUNTER  
Saturday 25th April 2015 - The Lowry
Based on a gripping Finnish folk tale, opera, puppetry and live action combine in this production specifically created for a family audience.
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RAPUNZEL  
Sunday 26th April 2015 - The Lowry
A delightful production about the curiosity and joys of growing up, taking risks and discovering who you are.
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UGLY DUCKLING  
Sunday 26th April 2015 - Waterside

Join in the adventures of this famous ‘under-dog' in Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved tale of transformation, brought to you in Thingumajig's house style - beautiful puppet characters, live music, captivating story-telling and a generous sprinkling of theatre magic. Age 5 +.

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Sunday 26th April 2015 - Parr Hall, Warrington
Basil Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile. He’s cheeky, irreverent, charming, naughty, quick-witted, scheming and foxy, but at the same time he’s kind, caring and affectionate.
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MY FIRST BALLET SWAN LAKE  
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May 2015 - Palace Theatre

Following the success of My First Cinderella , My First Sleeping Beauty and My First Ballet Coppelia , English National Ballet and English National Ballet School return with the enchanting My First Ballet series with their fourth classical ballet to be recreated especially for children – My First Ballet: Swan Lake

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CAPTAIN FLINN & THE PIRATE DINOSAURS  
Saturday 2nd May 2015 - Waterside

When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose.

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CHICKEN LICKEN  
Sunday 10th May 2015 - The Lowry
A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down! Mixed into this recipe of food, puppets and music is the story of Little Red Hen and the sly Foxy Loxy.
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BASIL BRUSH  
Sunday 10th May 2015 - Stockport Plaza

Basil has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment with 14 incredible television series. a BAFTA nomination and he was voted best comedy on the BBC. Join Basil when he appears on Stage at The Plaza for his hilarious family show.

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OCTONAUTS & THE DEEP SEA VOLCANO ADVENTURE  
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2014 - Opera House

When there's trouble under the sea, the Octonauts dive into action! Get ready to embark on an exciting new mission with our underwater adventure super heroes, Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso, in the brand new live stage show.

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GERONIMO
Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May 2015 - Tatton Park

This May Bank Holiday it's time for Geronimo!, the largest children's festival in the north-west with hundreds of activities for children from 0-12.

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ONE LITTLE WORD  
Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015 - The Lowry
A beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play.
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THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW  
Sunday 24th May 2015 - The Lowry
Basil Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile. A show for all the family.
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STICK MAN  
Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st May 2015 - The Lowry
Touching, funny and utterly original, Stick Man features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
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THE MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS  
Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st May 2015 - Etihad Stadium

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date. 'Zhelaniy' is based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or "the flower with seven colors". Fun for all the family!

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FORENSIC SCIENCE IN ACTION  
Saturday 30th May 2015 - Waterside

Join us for a fascinating, fun and very hands-on insight into the real work of Crime Scene Investigator's (CSI's) and Forensic Scientists.

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MY FRIEND MOLE  
Sunday 31st May 2015 - Waterside

Mole is my best friend, he is brave and funny.  Mole goes everywhere I go.  No one can see him apart from me. Join Birdsnest Theatre as they weave this gentle tale of a very special friendship and the imagination.

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WICKED  
Wednesday 3rd June to Saturday 25th July 2015 - The Lowry
WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, comes to The Lowry in 2015 as part of its UK & Ireland tour.
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THE BOUNCE  
Saturday 6th June 2015 - The Lowry
A multi-sensory and highly interactive show, using trampolines, video projection and live music, for young people from 3-19.
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KID CARPET & THE NOISY NEIGHBOURS  
Sunday 7th June 2015 - Waterside

Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based theatre maker of nonsense music and rock'n'roll theatre shows. His funny and moving new show uses music, puppetry and projection to look at what it's like to move into a new house in the city and find your place there.

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SPRINKLE OF GLITTER - LouiseLIVE  
Sunday 14th June 2015 - The Lowry
Aloha! Louise Pentland aka Sprinkle of Glitter is on the road with her brand new live show LouiseLIVE.
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THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE  
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015 - The Lowry
This is no ordinary science show. It comes with a bang, a whoosh, but most of all it comes with a... click to find out!
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THE CHUCKLES OF OZ  
Sunday 21st June 2015 - Opera House

Dorothy, The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are among the familiar characters who join the Wizards (Paul and Barry) for this sensational new version of the familiar Wizard of Oz story.

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STATIK  
Sunday 21st June 2015 - The Lowry
This is no ordinary science show. It comes with a bang, a whoosh, but most of all it comes with a... click to find out!
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ISABEL'S WELL  
Sunday 28th June 2015 - The Lowry
Topsy Turvy Theatre return with their new production Isabel’s Well… Recommended for children 3-7 and family audiences.
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SUPERMONKEY  
Tuesday 30th June 2015 - Waterside

Puppets with music, songs and funny poems by Michael Rosen about SuperMonkey…the monkey who is not scared of anything, can ride on a cloud and can do magic tricks!

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4 x 4  
Wednesday 1st July 2015 - The Lowry
Tracing pathways in space, 4 jugglers and 4 ballet dancers share a stage for the first time 4x4 is a celebration of where these paths meet.
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ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS  
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July 2015 - The Lowry
This zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time.
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ME AND MY CAT  
Sunday 5th July 2015 - The Lowry
Fast, fun packed children’s show for ages 6+ based on the book by award winning Japanese author and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.
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THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE  
Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th July 2015 - Opera House

Manchester International Festival has invited Justin Fletcher to create The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families in the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester's Opera House.

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BEN & HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM  
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August 2015 - Opera House

Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the Magical Kingdom. With actors, masks and colourful costumes.

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THE KING OF TINY THINGS  
Thursday 6th August 2015 - The Lowry
Through the magic of circus, puppetry and song, Metta Theatre bring to life Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward's enchanting children’s story.
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ANNIE  
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 26th September 2015 - Opera House

Annie , the world's favourite family musical, comes to Manchester Opera House for two weeks only, starring  Craig Revel Horwood* , the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing judge, as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! *Craig Revel Horwood is not scheduled to perform on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th September in Annie.

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DISNEY ON ICE WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT  
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th October 2015 - Manchester Arena

Get ready to be swept away by your favourite Disney stories. Rev up for high-speed stunts as the crew of Disney/Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid 's enchanted undersea kingdom and catch up with the Toy Story gang – the toys are back in town!

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HELLO KITTY  
Sunday 18th October 2015 - Palace Theatre

Hello Kitty Live - Fashion and Friends gives fans of all ages the first ever opportunity to physically enter the world of Hello Kitty as she takes to the stage live and in 3D for this World Premiere, the latest development in the continuing evolution of this global super brand.

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MOTHER GOOSE  
Sat 14th November 2015 to Sat 9th January 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

Old Mother Goose has run out of money until a gift of a magical golden goose lays all her problems to rest … or so she thinks.

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CINDERELLA  
Fri 4th December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - Opera House

This classic rags to riches story sees Cinderella transformed from a put upon maid to her horrid Ugly Sisters, to the belle of the ball, with the help of her Fairy Godmother. All-star cast to be announced...

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HETTY FEATHER  
Wed 9th December 2015 to Sat 10th January 2016 - The Lowry
Hetty Feather tours the UK following its sold out run at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. Thrillingly brought to life with live music, songs and circus skills. From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage.
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MR POPPER'S PENGUINS  
Thursday 10th December 2015 to Sunday 10th January 2016
Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends all his time dreaming of Antarctic expeditions and living amongst the penguins.
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WINTER WONDERLAND  
Sat 12th December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - Event City
Come along with the family this Christmas and experience the UK’s LARGEST indoor Winter Wonderland at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester. There will be rides and attractions galore where the family can have four hours of non stop fun and entertainment.
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SNOW CHILD  
Tue 22nd December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - The Lowry
As Autumn leaves fall and the foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, we tell you a magical story about family, love and the power of dreams.
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MARY POPPINS  
Wednesday 20th January to Saturday 5th March 2016 - Palace Theatre
The magical story of the world's favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 20th February 2016 - The Lowry
SHREK THE MUSICAL arrives at The Lowry in February 2016. Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year's must-see show for all the family.
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