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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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GANDY'S CIRCUS  
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March 2019 - Knutsford, WA16 0ND
GANDEY’S CIRCUS RETURNS TO KNUTSFORDBIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER. After a sensational tour across the UK in 2018 with the Greatest Showman, Gandeys return with The Greatest Show Tour!  staged in the fully-heated 1,000-seat Big Top, equipped with theatre-standard lighting and sound.
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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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KIDOCRACY  
Sunday 31st March 2019 - Frog and Bucket, Manchester

Kidocracy is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow).  Appearing as his alter ego, Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all, the show begins when children are told they are being given an island to rule. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, write anthems, come up with rules that rock & deal with all sorts of crises.

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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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