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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.
 
 
 
 
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BEAR HUNT, CHOCOLATE CAKE & BAD THINGS  
Sat 17th September to Sat 17th December - Saturdays - Z-arts

Step inside a humongous chocolate cake and explore a secret larder, swishy swashy and splash splosh your way through a Bear Hunt. And dare you explore the Bad Things in the Dread Shed? Discover hidden rooms and brilliant clues that show what inspired Michael Rosen’s writing.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Sat 12th November 2016 to Sat 7th January 2017 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Given the (in)famous Coliseum treatment, Sleeping Beauty has glitz and glamour, silliness and slapstick and hit songs to sing along to. It's a traditional pantomime appealing to ALL the family, from kids to not-so-grown-up grown-ups.

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CINDERELLA  
Friday 18th November 2016 to Saturday 14th January 2017 - Bolton Octagon

It’s got all the traditional elements for a fabulous festive treat – a feisty girl who dreams of dressing up and dancing, a wicked stepmother, mean older sisters, and a slightly geeky Prince – but this Cinderella has one big difference. The rats are in charge.

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  
Thursday 1st to Satuday 31st December 2016 - Middleton Arena
Come and meet our hero Jack as he attemps to defeat the evil Giant and save the village. With help from his mother Dame Trott and his silly brother Billy, Jack dreams of marrying Princess Jill and he hopes that if he saves the days his dreams may come true.
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PETER PAN  
Friday 2nd December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - Stockport Plaza

It’s never too early to Hook your tickets for the North West’s premier family pantomime PETER PAN, the swashbuckling treat that everyone will enjoy! With amazingly affordable prices, sumptuous sets and a brilliant cast due to be announced, this is the one festive treat for all ages to enjoy!

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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  
Friday 9th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - Opera House

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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WINTER WONDERLAND MANCHESTER  
Saturday 10th December 2016 to Sunday 1st January 2017 - EventCity

Looking for something to do with the kids over Christmas? Want to get out of the house? Then come along with the family this Christmas and experience the UK’s LARGEST indoor Winter Wonderland at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester.

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DICK WHITTINGTON  
Saturday 10th to Saturday 31st December 2016 - King Georges Hall
Stageworks Worldwide Productions. Many years ago lived a very determined and ambitious young boy called Richard Whittington, known as Dick to all his friends. Believing that all the roads in London were paved with gold he decided to travel there and claim his fortune.
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PEOPLE'S THEATRE GALA - SATURDAY  
Saturday 10th December 2016 - Bolton Octagon

Every year our Youth Theatre and Community groups come together to share the work they have been doing throughout the year. Over the Autumn term our weekly groups will have been working on pieces of theatre inspired by fairy stories and our festive show Cinderella. 

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PEOPLE'S THEATRE GALA - SUNDAY  
Sunday 11th December 2016 - Bolton Octagon

Every year our Youth Theatre and Community groups come together to share the work they have been doing throughout the year. Over the Autumn term our weekly groups will have been working on pieces of theatre inspired by fairy stories and our festive show Cinderella. 

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STORYPLAY - JACK & THE BEANSTALK  
Friday 16th December 2016 - Bolton Octagon

Your little ones will be transported on a literary journey of fun and adventure – meeting all of their favourite characters, brought to life by actors from the Octagon Company. So take a seat in our relaxed play area, story time is about to begin… This month's story is: Jack & the Beanstalk

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BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW  
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December 2016 - Manchester Arena

Get ready for a Christmas extravaganza like you’ve never seen before because the Best Ever Christmas Show is on its way to! Bringing this brand new spectacular to life are some of the best-loved names in pre-school television.

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CINDERELLA  
Sunday 18th to Monday 26th December 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
The most magical pantomime of all, you'll have a ball! Shone Productions are thrilled to be appearing at Heywood Civic Centre this Christmas with the most magical pantomime of them all. This will be a fabulous production so get your tickets now and don't be late for the ball!
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SNOW WHITE  
Tuesday 20th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - The Lowry
Olivier Award winning Mike Kenny join forces with “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” LipService (Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding) to create a brand new show for children and their families.
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SORRY CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED... KATIE SAVES THE DAY!  
Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th December 2016 - The Lowry
Can Katie solve the clues in the mysterious advent calendar, find her way through the snowy North Pole and discover who stole the presents?
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THE LOST PRESENT... A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE!  
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th December 2016 - The Lowry
Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you Ruby Flew Too! are back and would like to invite their young audiences on a Christmas adventure like no other.
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MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!  
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January 2017 - Manchester Arena

Marvel fans unite! Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level with an epic show unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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STORYPLAY - HEDGEHOG & THE HOGLET  
Friday 3rd February 2017 - Bolton Octagon

Your little ones will be transported on a literary journey of fun and adventure – meeting all of their favourite characters, brought to life by actors from the Octagon Company. So take a seat in our relaxed play area, story time is about to begin… This month's story is: Hedgehog and the Hoglet

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MR BLOOM'S NURSERY LIVE!  
Monday 13th February 2017 - King Georges Hall
Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion – a member of the Royal family is paying them visit!
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COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDZ  
Saturday 18th February 2017 - The Lowry
It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.
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SHARK IN THE PARK  
Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st February 2017 - The Lowry
Featuring all 3 of the ‘Shark in the Park’ Series – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on 3 exciting adventures.
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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR  
Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February 2017 - The Lowry
The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories.
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OHANA SHOWCASE  
Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Celebrate Ohana Theatre’s 10th birthday… From Plaza Youth to Ohana Theatre this show revisits the first ten years and looks forward to the next ten!

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THE SOOTY SHOW  
Sunday 12th March 2017 - The Lowry
Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! TV’s Sooty and friends are back with guaranteed giggles for all the family – plus a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!
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JUSTIN'S PARTY  
Sunday 26th March 2017 - The Lowry
JUSTIN'S PARTY is brand new show which packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games guaranteed to make it THE party of the year! There will be lots of exciting surprises along the way and you’ll get to meet Justin’s adorable new puppy Engelbert!
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ROBIN HOOD  
Thursday 30th March 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Back by Popular Demand!.....DANI HARMER returns to The Plaza for our annual Easter Pantomime which for April 2017 is the family classic ROBIN HOOD…

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BABE, THE SHEEP PIG  
Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th April 2017 - The Lowry
Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original music.
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR  
Saturday 15th April 2017 - Stockport Plaza

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. See this classic tale brought to life through song and dance with an amateur child cast.

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MR BLOOM'S NURSERY LIVE!  
Monday 17th April 2017 - Palace Theatre

Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so!

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RUNNING WILD  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd 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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EXTREME ROBOTS LIVE  
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017 - EventCity

From the team that brought you the 2016's smash hit sell out Robot Wars Live Tour, comes the next step in Robot fighting entertainment. Its time to take it to the EXTREME.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  
Saturday 25th November 2017 to Sunday 7th 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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