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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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THE CRYSTAL MAZE  
Tuesday 19th March to Sunday 29th September 2019 - Manchester

Get ready to go full-on ’90s when you take on the challenge of The Crystal Maze and immerse yourself in the action of classic TV show – complete with lovely satin bomber jackets. The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is now on sale in both London and Manchester, and allows teams of eight players to travel through four iconic adventure zones before taking on their final challenge in the maze: the Crystal Dome. The live experience offers audiences the chance to run around and complete all sorts of tricky challenges, just like the stars of the original series. Ages 13+

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DANTDM  
Friday 5th July 2019 - Manchester Arena

DanTDM is one of the world’s biggest YouTubers, loved by kids and adults alike. His positive and fun attitude have made his channels the place to hang out on YouTube with his 21 million subscribers and 14 billion views, testament to his popularity.

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GIRLGUIDING: LITTLE GIGGLE  
Saturday 20th July 2019 - The Lowry
There’s nothing better than laughing with your friends. So, grab yours and join us at Little Giggle – our first ever comedy show for Rainbows and Brownies (and their leaders). Some of the best comedians in town will be hitting the stage to make you laugh until you cry. We’ll make sure there’s all the buzz of a comedy night too – but made for five to nine-year-olds. Expect lots of silliness in a safe, organised environment.
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WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT  
Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 1st September 2019 - The Lowry
See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on tour, direct from the West End, as it returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.
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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN  
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th August 2019 - Palace Theatre

You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.

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TABBY MCTAT  
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019 - The Lowry
From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic. Suitable for children and families of all ages.
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BASIL BRUSH'S FAMILY FUN DAY  
Saturday 14th September 2019 - The Lowry
Britain’s most loveable fox takes you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in show for all the family specially written for the live stage and packed with fun and excitement. Come join in the mayhem!
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HORRIBLE HISTORIES - TERRIBLE TUDORS  
Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th September 2019 - Palace Theatre

From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry's headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

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HORRIBLE HISTORIES - AWFUL EGYPTIANS  
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th September 2019 - Palace Theatre

From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? It’s the history of Egypt with the nasty bits left in!

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DISNEY ON ICE 100 YEARS OF MAGIC  
Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th October 2019 - Manchester Arena

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic and skates into a city near you. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 unforgettable Disney characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the spirited Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses including Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.

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JUSTIN LIVE  
Friday 25th October 2019 - The Lowry
Come and see CBeebies superstar and children’s favourite Justin Fletcher live on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Justin Live is a fun show for all the family packed full of popular interactive song and dance routines, comedy, and some custard pies too!
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DEAR ZOO  
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2019 - The Lowry
After a successful debut tour, Dear Zoo the timeless children’s classic book is back on stage for 2019! Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted young readers since it was first published in 1982, and has sold 8 million copies worldwide. This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.
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JOJO SIWA  
Thursday 31st October 2019 - Manchester Arena

JoJo Siwa is bringing her D.R.E.A.M Tour to Manchester Arena this October!

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THE SNOWMAN  
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th November 2019 - Opera House

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake's classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago. Be a part of the magic.

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PEPPA PIGS BEST DAY EVER  
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November 2019 - Opera House

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best day ever! With the car packed they are ready for their road-trip full of adventures. From roadworks to royalty, castles to caves and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy...

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CIRCUS 1903  
Tuesday 19th to Sunday 24th November 2019 - The Lowry
Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus when Circus 1903 rolls in to Salford this Winter. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before.
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TOM GATES LIVE ON STAGE  
Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November 2019 - Opera House
Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of Tom Gates is brought to you by the award-winning team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny and for the first time ever it's live on stage! This amazing world premiere will be touring the UK throughout the year! This exciting and hilarious new adventure brings Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters to life and is perfect for all the family whether you are a lover of the books or new to Tom and his friends!
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MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!  
Thu 28th November to Sun 1st December 2019 - Manchester Arena

Marvel Universe LIVE! is an original, live-action arena experience unlike anything you’ve seen. Don't miss this action-packed LIVE ARENA SHOW! Families, Assemble! Be immersed in The Marvel Universe and witness it all, LIVE!

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  
Friday 29th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020 - Stockport Plaza

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum a GIANT of a sensational family pantomime comes to The Plaza from Friday 29th November 2019 with a larger than life affordable production starring TED ROBBINS alongside CHERYL FERGISON for the entire family to enjoy!...oh yes it does!

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PETER PAN GOES WRONG  
Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th December 2019 - The Lowry
Following their multi award-winning success with The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic, the West End smash hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS  
Friday 6th to Saturday 29th December 2019 - Opera House

The Opera House are delighted to announce their 2019 pantomime will be the enchanting fairy-tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring the judge we all love to hate, Craig Revel Horwood as the ultimate Wicked Queen. Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood will dazzle in an array of stunning dance routines and show Manchester his real mettle as he tries to outwit the fair Snow White and prove to the world that he is the fairest of them all.

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THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD  
Friday 6th December 2019 to Sunday 12th January 2020 - The Lowry
Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!  
Tuesday 10th December 2019 to Saturday 5th January 2020 - The Lowry

TICKETS ON SALE SOON - Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - the record-setting New York Christmas sensation – is to play Christmas 2019 season at The Lowry. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, breathing life into this timeless story and conjuring the true meaning of Christmas.

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GOLDILOCKS  
Sunday 15th to Tuesday 31st December 2019 - Dancehouse Theatre
Roll up! Roll up! It's the Greatest pantomime on earth! This year The Dancehouse and Eight-freestyle take you to the Circus for a spellbinding Christmas spectacular that is not too hot, not too cold…but just right!
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GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE LIVE  
Wednesday 1st January 2020 - Manchester Arena

The first ever stage adaptation of Grandpa’s Great Escape, the exhilarating number one bestselling children’s book by actor and comedian David Walliams, comes to Manchester Arena on 1st January.

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HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS  
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th January 2020 - Manchester Arena

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live will bring everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks to life, combining Hot Wheels’ iconic jumps and stunts with epic crashing and smashing to deliver an exhilarating family entertainment experience for kids of all ages.

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DENNIS & GNASHER UNLEASHED THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd February 2020 - Palace Theatre
Based on the No.1 CBBC cartoon, Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed: The Musical tells the story of this mischievous twosome and their best friends the Dinmakers; Rubi, JJ and Pieface, their mission to save Beanotown from the grips of the evil W Corps! Featuring live music, hilarious pranks, and of course, Dennis' trademark skateboard, this brand new, high-octane, BLAMTASTIC family musical is perfect for pranksters young and old!
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BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL
Thursday 20th February to Sunday 17th May 2020 - Opera House

Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, the new musical will have a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.

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PLANET EARTH II  
Friday 27th March 2020 - Manchester Arena

Planet Earth II Live in Concert, from BBC Studios and the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit that created TV sensations, Blue Planet II and Dynasties, arrives at Manchester Arena on 27 March 2020. Experience sensational footage from the BAFTA and EMMY® award winning BBC series which guarantees to bring audiences closer to the planet’s spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas than ever before.

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