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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.
 
 
 
 
JAY FOREMAN'S DISGUSTING SONGS FOR REVOLTING CHILDREN  
Sunday 16th September 2018 - The Lowry
Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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MATILDA THE MUSICAL  
Tue 18th September 2018 to Sat 24th November 2018 - Palace Theatre

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. Availability chart to be used as a guide only, dates subject to availability.

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PATHWAY DAY  
Saturday 22nd September 2018 - The Lowry
Young people across the region are invited to take part in a day full of taster workshops to find their pathway at The Lowry.
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th September 2018 - Manchester Arena

Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in '09 as a Big Top show, OVO embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now, visiting Manchester in 2018.

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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU  
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018 - The Lowry
Join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare, from the bestselling 'Guess How Much I Love You' and 'I Love You All Year Round' collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons.
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NO SHOW  
Friday 5th October 2018 - The Lowry
What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem super human effortlessly perform death-defying acts?
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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS  
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018 - Bolton Street Station, Bury

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway! This fun filled day out for all the family includes: Rides on Thomas Meeting The Fat Controller and friends Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories Magic Shows Circus Workshops Face Painting The Fat Controller's Opening Ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm and the Fat Controller will close the event at 3:45pm.

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DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG  
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th October 2018 - Manchester Arena

Courage leads the way, cutting the icy stage for Disney’s most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. High-flying jumps, breath-taking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.

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CHILDREN ARE STINKY  
Sunday 21st October 2018 - The Lowry
High caliber circus, a rocking sound track, and genuine belly laughs have propelled these stinkers onto sold out shows every single season. Ages 3-12
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GREG FOOT - DEEP OCEAN LAB  
Monday 22nd October 2018 - The Lowry
Time to get deep. No, deeper. Deeper even than that. So deep the blue turns to black…  Join Blue Peter science guy and intrepid explorer Greg Foot as he tells the fascinating story of his underwater adventure with a group of scientists exploring one of the world’s most critical and mysterious ecosystems.
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BUTTERFLIES  
Monday 22nd October 2018 - The Lowry
Join these intrepid characters as they step into the unknown in an uplifting tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears, told using innovative staging, breathtaking physicality, touching humour and a specially commissioned musical score.
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SENSORY CIRCUS  
Wednesday 24th October 2018 - The Lowry
Sensory Circus is a wonderful, visual journey, following the story of an alien called Neo who, while reading the morning paper, decides to go on a trip to Planet Circus…
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HOW TO HIDE A LION  
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October 2018 - The Lowry
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets & jazz. 
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WACKY WOODY'S COMEDY MAGIC SHOW  
Sunday 28th October 2018 - Frog and Bucket, Manchester

"Wacky Woody’s Comedy Magic Show is a fun-filled hour of hilarious comedy magic that is great for kids aged 4-11. The show is packed full of audience participation, crazy magic, balls that appear from nowhere, scary spiders that won’t go away, silly water tricks and a very naughty puppet dog.

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THE WOLF AND PETER  
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November 2018 - The Lowry
Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.
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CINDERELLA  
Saturday 7th November 2018 to Saturday 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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THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD  
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2018 - The Lowry
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child - with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her on tour this autumn.
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LUNA  
Sunday 18th November 2019 - The Lowry
A magical first time theatre experience about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark for 2-5 year olds and their families. Luna is bored up in the sky with no-one to play with. Although she is surrounded by stars, they never quite understand her – it’s very lonely being the only moon.
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SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Friday 30th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Magically awaken your dreams over the festive season at The Plaza with the North West’s Premier Family Pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY.

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STICK MAN  
Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Lowry
This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
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WICKED  
Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.

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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ  
Tuesday 4th to Monday 31st December 2019 - Macron Stadium

Follow the yellow brick road to the Macron Stadium this Christmas. Lost in an unfamiliar land, inhabited by munchkins, flying monkeys and witches, Dorothy and her faithful dog Toto, need to find their way back home to Bolton.

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CINDERELLA
Offers
Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th December 2018 - Opera House
EARLY BIRD OFFER! £5 OFF SELECTED TICKETS - Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.
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DOCTOR DOLITTLE  
Thursday 11th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019 - The Lowry
Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this stage version has music, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.  From the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this production promises stunning visual puppetry and fun for all the family. 
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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS  
Saturday 15th to Thursday 27th December 2018 - Heywood Civic Centre
Trio Entertainment return to Heywood Civic Centre following the huge success of The Wizard of Oz. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Which is the most spectacular pantomime of all? Join Snow White this Christmas in her fairy-tale adventure of a lifetime.
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PETER PAN - THE ARENA ADVENTURES  
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

This Christmas will see J.M. Barrie’s magical story of Peter Pan brought to life in gigantic proportions on some of the biggest stages in the country. Starring Martin Kemp and Milton Jones.

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BING LIVE!
Family
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019
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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ANNIE  
Saturday 9th 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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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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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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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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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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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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