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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.
 
 
 
Mary Poppins in Manchester
 
 
 
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
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Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 20th February 2016 - The Lowry
EXTENDED OFFER - £25 SHREK TICKETS! 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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SHINY  
Thursday 11th February 2016 - The Lowry
Join Turned On Its Head for their dazzling interactive show for very young children. Watch and play as all that glitters unfolds before your very eyes.
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HALF TERM LITTLE ACTORS  
Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2016 - The Lowry
To celebrate the visit of Shrek in our Lyric Theatre join us as we journey through the fairytale forest on our way to Duloc to rescue princess Fiona in this fun and interactive drama workshop for Half Term.
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WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT  
Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st February 2016 - The Lowry
Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!
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FREEZING AND ICY ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
Take a trip to the snowy heights of Arendel and get lost in a whirlwind of song, dance and snow! Sing along to all the hits, play frosty games and learn how to cast icy spells with your favourite princesses in this interactive treat.
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SING-A-LONG-A-FROZEN  
Thursday 18th February 2016 - Stockport Plaza

A spectacular professional Easter pantomime version of the classic story, with an all-star cast to be announced! Come and join in the fun spring 2016 as Enchanted Entertainment present this amazing Easter pantomime.

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KITE  
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2016 - The Lowry
A wild adventure inspired by kite flying and The Snowman with original music, dance and puppetry.
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FIRST STEPS - A CHILD'S THE DREAM  
Friday 4th March 2016 - The Lowry
Birmingham Royal Ballet's introduction to this delightful ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, has been specially made for children aged 3–7 years.
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CIRQUE BERSERK 2016  
Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Palace Theatre

Real Circus made for theatre. Showcasing the finest in traditional circus craft and skill, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.

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MICHAEL MORPURGO: WHERE MY WELLIES TAKE ME  
Sunday 20th March 2016 - The Lowry
Where My Wellies Take Me follows Pippa, its 9 year old heroine, on a May Day ramble through local woods, farms and fields.
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THE WITCHES  
Monday 21st to Saturday 26th March 2016 - The Lowry
Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family. Witches absolutely detest children. They want to squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. But one brave young boy and his grandmother have a plan to get rid of the witches for good…
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PEPPA PIG'S SURPRISE  
Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st March 2016 - The Lowry
Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets.
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PLAY DOUGH  
Saturday 2nd April 2016 - The Lowry
What is money? Did you know you can make it with the power of your imagination? Join Unlimited Theatre for ‘Play Dough’ - the game show where you can play with 10,000 real pound coins. Play Dough is a playfully interactive show for young people 7+ and their families about the value of money.
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HORRIBLE HISTORIES  
Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th April 2016 - The Lowry
HORRIBLE HISTORIES - GROOVY GREEKS & INCREDIBLE INVADERS. We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories as historical figures and events come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.
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THE CAT IN THE HAT  
Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th April 2016 - The Lowry
From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.
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THE TAP DANCING MERMAID  
Sunday 17th April 2016 - The Lowry
Featuring stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in! “The Tap Dancing Mermaid is the perfect example of a show where the adults are just as enthralled as the kids.” A Younger Theatre.
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ROBOT WARS 2016 TOUR  
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2016 - EventCity

Robot Wars, the TV show, left our screens a few years ago, so this is your chance to see your favourite robots, old and new, fighting live in the flesh. Hear the crash and smash of 100kg robots battling it out LIVE! Plus, MAJOR DAMAGE the new HOUSE ROBOT feared by everyone.

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LEAPER: A FISH TALE  
Sunday 24th April 2016
Using a spellbinding blend of beautiful puppetry and mesmeric music, Leaper will follow one fish's moving quest to return home. Ages 5+.
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MISTER MAKER LIVE  
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April 2016 - Palace Theatre

Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker , for his first ever live theatre tour. Packed full of arty adventures there'll be a big 'make' to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast, and not forgetting, The Shapes.

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GREG FOOT  
Sunday 22nd May 2016 - The Lowry
Ever wondered why your fingers go wrinkly in the bath? What explosions in space really look like? Or why beans make you fart?! Well wonder no more.
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GERONIMO FESTIVAL  
Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May 2016 - Tatton Park

Watch a live stage show, visit the circus and go to the theatre….  all before lunch! Geronimo promises an exciting programme of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures for the whole family.
Also at Harewood House in Leeds - Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May 2016
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THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD  
Wednesday 10th August to Sunday 4th September 2016 - The Lowry
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should. Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?
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PEPPA PIG'S SURPRISE  
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October 2016 - Palace Theatre

Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS  
Wednesday 26th October to Sunday 6th November 2016 - The Lowry
World Premier of The Wind in the Willows musical. Join Ratty, Badger and Mole in their adventure with the exuberant Mr Toad in a brand new stage musical adventure!
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GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE  
Tuesday 15th to to Saturday 19th November 2016 - Opera House

Roald Dahl's amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when she drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George's adventure has just begun!

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG  
Tuesday 6th December 2016 to Sunday 15th January 2017 - The Lowry
One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Starring Jason Manford as Caractacus Potts, Michelle Collins as Baroness Bomburst and Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst.
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ALADDIN Family
Friday 9th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017

If you’re looking for magical family fun this Christmas, your wish is our command! With Genies by the lamp-load, belly-busting comedy, chart-topping songs, bags of family fun, audience, participation, pantoland’s biggest, boo-able baddie &, just maybe, a real flying carpet - the pantomime dreams are made of!

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