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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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CINDERELLA  
Sat 7th November 2018 to Sat 12th January 2019 - Oldham Coliseum

If you're planning the perfect Christmas treat for friends and family - then look no further, the Coliseum has it all! Oldham Coliseum Theatre is famous for its excellent annual traditional pantomime and Cinderella is one of the nation's favourites, with all the ingredients you need for a magical experience.

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BING LIVE!  
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019 - The Lowry
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Salford in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs.
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MIMI & THE MOUNTAIN DRAGON  
Sunday 27th January 2019 - The Lowry

Skewbald Theatre proudly present Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. High up in the snowy mountains of Switzerland the villagers of Dorta bang their drums, blow their horns and ring the bells to keep the fearsome Mountain Dragon away. But this year is different.

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ANNIE  
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 16th February 2019 - Opera House

Direct from the West End, ANNIE, returns for a new UK Tour! Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

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CURIOUSER  
Sunday 3rd February 2019 - The Lowry

Join us in an imaginary world of ever changing proportions. Two performers lead us through subterranean caves, autumnal forests and high up into the starry night sky. In this 40-minute interactive performance, we look forward to meeting little adults and GREAT children.

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BILLIONAIRE BOY  
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th February 2019 - The Lowry
This hilarious new musical is a triumphant treat for the whole family, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, and presented by the NST team following their award-winning “whisker-licking treat” Fantastic Mr Fox.
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TWIRLYWOOS LIVE  
Friday 15th to Monday 18th February 2019 - The Lowry
From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences. The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.
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ELMER THE PATCHWORK ELEPHANT  
Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February 2019 - The Lowry
Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter! Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.
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WOW! IT'S NIGHT TIME  
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2019 - The Lowry
Little Angel Theatre’s production of WOW! Said the Owl enthralled young audiences on tour throughout the country and we are delighted to present this stunning adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s nocturnal sequel.
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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE  
Thursday 28th February to Sunday 3rd March 2019 - The Lowry
Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends at In the Night Garden Live for a brand-new show on their first ever UK theatre tour in 2019! You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music that will keep your little ones captivated. There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote, ’there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.’
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MINI MAGIC FLUTE  
Sunday 10th March 2019 - The Lowry

A Prince is in search of a Princess, but will they ever find one other? What adventures lie in wait for them along the way? A trio of opera singers and an accordionist invite you to join them for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of Mozart’s magical fairy tale where nothing is quite as it first appears…

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BRB: FIRST STEPS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  
Friday 22nd March 2019 - The Lowry
This hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged from three to seven, features ballet excerpts from Beauty and the Beast, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's amazing dancers and orchestra, interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller introduces the children to the music and the leading characters, and shares some technical magic.
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THE WORST WITCH  
Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st March 2019 - The Lowry
Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this thrilling new stage adaptation is directed by Theresa Heskins and features songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred-induced-mayhem. Age 7+
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ROMILEY OPERATIC SOCIETY PRESENTS  
OLIVER!  
Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th March 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Following the tremendous success of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. Romiley Operatic Society proudly presents. Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!”.

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ROOM ON THE BROOM  
Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th April 2019 - The Lowry
Join the witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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THE CHIT CHAT CHALK SHOW  
Sunday 7th April 2019 - The Lowry

Join Hawk Dance Theatre & The Knotted Project on our magical chalky adventure for 3-8 year olds! The Chit Chat Chalk Show follows Kiko, a confused young girl, struggling to understand how she feels about the strange new world she lives in.

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MILKSHAKE  
Monday 8th April 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Milkshake! Monkey is determined to put on a Musical, so spectacular, it will keep the theatre open forever! This won’t be easy, so he’ll need the help of his Milkshake friends.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  
Thursday 10th to Monday 22nd April 2019 - Stockport Plaza

From the producers that brought you The Wizard of Oz last summer, Regal Entertainments are back at The Stockport Plaza this Easter with the enchanting panto Beauty and the Beast. An enchanting tale filled with hilarious comedy, wonderful songs and a story which proves that even the grumpiest of Beasts can change his ways.

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A BRAVE FACE  
Thursday 25th April 2019 - The Lowry
Afghanistan: 2009. Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training’s complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins. Suitable for aged 12 years up and accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike.
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MY FIRST BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019 - Opera House

Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet and enjoy the classic fairy tale together, in this new version specially created for children aged three upwards. Performed by second-year students of English National Ballet School, our My First Ballet series has been enjoyed by over 290,000 people since its creation in 2012.

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WALLACE AND GROMIT THE WRONG TROUSERS  
Sunday 26th May 2019 - The Lowry
Wallace and Gromit The Wrong Trousers - Musical Marvels: A Cracking Live Orchestra ShowEveryone’s favourite dynamic duo are heading on tour in Spring 2019 with their live, interactive show -Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels.
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BEN & HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM  
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2019 - Opera House

Join Ben & Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!

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ZOG  
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2019 - The Lowry
Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre Kingston present Zog. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians.
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DOGFEST w/ NOEL FITZPATRICK & CLARE BALDING  
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019 - Tatton Park

The Ultimate Dogs Day Out is returning! Join special guests Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding for another amazing year, jam-packed with tons of have-a-go activities for you and your dog to get involved in. Try your paw at Hay Bale Racing, be at one with your pup and get stuck into Doga, line up for the Great Dog Walk or enter the Fun Dog Show. Expect sensational arena displays and demonstrations, shopping, music, festival food, and so much more!

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - TORUK  
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Manchester Arena

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show TORUK – The First Flight will make its UK debut next June at Manchester Arena from 20 - 23 June 2019.

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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

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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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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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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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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