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The Lion King

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Friday 9 December 2022 - Saturday 11 March 2023
THE LION KING HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BOOK A TICKET FOR A PERFORMANCE BETWEEN FEB 21 - MAR 11. THESE ARE THE BEST DATES FOR AVAILABILITY!Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa...

Robin Hood

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham
Friday 9 December 2022 - Saturday 7 January 2023
Join real-life hero Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men (in tights) on the arrow-shooting, thigh-slapping adventure of a lifetime!Welcome to Sherwood Forest by way of Oldham where the nasty Sheriff is terrorising everyone with expensive ta...

A Christmas Carol

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Friday 9 December 2022 - Saturday 14 January 2023
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens Adapted for the stage by Kate Ferguson & Susannah Pearse A JOYFUL NEW ADAPTATION OF THE FESTIVE CLASSIC. Whilst Christmas cheer and goodwill thrive across Victorian England, tight-fisted Ebenezer Scroog...

Room on the Broom

The Lowry, Salford
Friday 9 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom! Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories' fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom, the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat are trav...

Cinderella - Christmas Panto

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 9 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
Join us for the most magical rags to riches fairy tale of them all CINDERELLA in our magnificent Family Pantomime starring the much loved star of stage and screen CHERYL FERGISON known to millions of us as the long running character of Heat...

Cinderella

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 December 2022
Glass slippers are so in... Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella the Musical comes to Hope Mill Theatre! This is the European theatrical premiere of the 2013 Broadway musical. The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked...

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema, Manchester
Friday 9 December 2022 - Monday 25 December 2023
This is it - the UK's most incredible Cinema experience is finally coming to Manchester. What once started as a passion project in its founders' very own back garden, Backyard Cinema has now grown to be one of the leading alternative cinema...

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 9 December 2022 - Sunday 1 January 2023
Polka Dot Pantomimes in association with the Albert Halls present Jack and the Beanstalk - the hilarious Pantomime adventure Get ready to roar with laughter and cheer our hero Jack on his magical journey to the castle in the sky as he battl...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Friday 9 - Wednesday 28 December 2022
The fairest pantomime in all the land and suitable for all ages, Shone Productions' Christmas panto stars Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones as The Wicked Queen (from Sunday 18 December), CBBC's Hacker T. Dog (as a pre-recorded vid...

Cinderella (St Helens)

St Helens Theatre Royal, St Helens
Friday 9 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
With one wave of a magic wand, the audience will be whisked off to a glamorous ball this Christmas as Regal Entertainments present their spellbinding tale of Cinderella. Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a li...

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich
Friday 9 December 2022 - Sunday 1 January 2023
As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, enchanting creatures and magical beasts inspired by the wizarding world come to life in a spellbinding Forbidden Forest. Now is your chance to see these curious inhabitants illuminated! Em...

There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories

HOME, Manchester
Friday 9 - Friday 23 December 2022
'There's a Rang-Tang in My Bedroom' ends leaving its audience believing they can fix the world: and if we're very lucky, one of them might. - Time Out Imagine waking up to find a turtle bathing in your bathtub, an orangutan bouncing on you...

Funnybones

The Stoller Hall, Manchester
Friday 9 December 2022
This brand new family show is a non-verbal adaptation of the well know children's book Funnybones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg, adapted for the stage by Jessica Thanki as part of Developed With The Lowry. Following the story of four scientis...

Aladdin - The Family Pantomime

The Old Courts, Wigan
Friday 9 - Friday 23 December 2022
Once again, Professional Pantomime is returning to The Old Courts this Christmas. "Oh Yes It Is!"After the incredible success of Cinderella in 2021, Pendle Productions are back, this time with their spectacular family pantomime - Aladdin! ...

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

HOME, Manchester
Friday 9 - Thursday 15 December 2022
Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit, Olivier-winning stage musical. Let them eat cake! Chocolate cake! Dahl's story of a neglected, prodigiously brilliant little girl is given a joy...

Babies Playtime

The Lowry, Salford
Friday 9 - Friday 16 December 2022
Come along to our fun and friendly activity for babies. In this session you and your little ones will sing, dance and get creative.10am-10.45am: For babies under 111am-11.45am: For babies age 1-2 yrs ...

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

Manchester Opera House, Manchester
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
Comedy superstar Jason Manford will lead the cast in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan in the role of Captain Hook, joined by returning Manchester panto favourite Ben Nickless as Smee. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan is brought t...

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company present the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You'll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes...

Robin Hood: The 80's Panto

Contact, Manchester
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
The wildly popular eight-freestyle and Contact panto returns and this season we present something a little different...a panto 80's remix of Robin Hood! It's a fresh twist on the traditional, combining The Adventures of Robin Hood and the...

Santa Special

East Lancashire Railway, Bury
Saturday 10 - Saturday 24 December 2022
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Treat the family to an enchanting voyage through the magical Irwell Valley, kick start your Christmas on one of our famous Santa Specials! There's more family friendly fun, colourful characters a...

Aladdin - Chorley Town Hall

Chorley Town Hall, Chorley
Saturday 10 December 2022
Aladdin makes its way to Chorley for a magical performance at Chorley Town Hall. ...

Crafty Families

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
Little ones and their grown-ups can get crafty with a professional artist who will lead you through some fun, creative and colourful arts activities. ...

The Muppet Christmas Carol (30th Anniversary) (U)

Backyard Cinema, Manchester
Tuesday 13 - Wednesday 28 December 2022
Michael Caine stars as the miserable old miser Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by a number of ghosts on Christmas Eve and encouraged to change his cruel ways before it's too late. He meets his Muppet-y match courtesy of a cast of supporting...

Claus - The Musical

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 14 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
From the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes the world premiere of Claus The Musical. Based on the beloved children's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, this brand-new musical is as magical as Christmas its...

Aladdin

The Empty Space, Salford
Wednesday 14 - Saturday 24 December 2022
We're here to grant all your wishes with a trip to Aladdin, a fun-filled family pantomime with a sprinkling of glitter & sass - all set in Salfordinia! When Aladdin finds a magic lamp, he thinks that all his wishes have come true, with incr...

Little Creatives

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 14 December 2022
Join The Lowry for their weekly Little Creatives session. This is designed for under 5's with different activities each week. Your little one is sure to have fun and get creative in these workshops. All attendees will need to book a ticket....

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)

HOME, Manchester
Saturday 17 - Friday 23 December 2022
A Christmas cinema screening of Brian Henson's 1992 classic, starring The Muppets and Michael Caine. The Muppets reimagine Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by adding a hilarious and heartfelt touch of Muppet magic. Ebeneezer Scrooge is...

Christmas Spectacular

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Monday 19 December 2022
Music! Dance! Song! Spectacle! Christmas Spectacular is a cracker of a show filled with music, dance, lights and spectacle. The Bridgewater Hall will spring to life with high kicks, festive fun and special effects plus all the trimm...

Horrible Histories - Horrible Christmas

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tuesday 20 December 2022
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas! When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it's up to one young boy to save the day - but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval...

The Muppet Christmas Carol In Concert

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 21 December 2022
The Muppets perform the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Rat. Th...

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 21 December 2022
A Christmas cinema screening of Brian Henson's 1992 classic, starring The Muppets and Michael Caine. The Muppets reimagine Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by adding a hilarious and heartfelt touch of Muppet magic. Ebeneezer Scrooge is...

Little Penguin's First Christmas

The Lowry, Salford
Thursday 22 - Saturday 31 December 2022
From the company that brought you the sell-out productions of Snowbabies! and Aleena's Garden, Little Penguin's First Christmas is an immersive, festive experience for babies aged 0-36 months and their grown-ups! Filled with puppetry, origi...

Christmas Carol Singalong

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Saturday 24 December 2022
Sing your heart out as irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen returns to lead you through another fun-filled extravaganza of his most-loved carols and all time Christmas hits. This festive favourite has been raising the roof for over 20 yea...

Jurassic Live

Manchester Opera House, Manchester
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 January 2023
Featuring mind blowing special effects, a brand new show for 2023, professional puppeteers and the UK's most realistic dinosaurs this 90 minute full stage production isn't a show to miss! Jurassic Live really is the greatest dinosaur show o...

Flotsam & Jetsam

The Old Courts, Wigan
Saturday 14 January 2023
Visual, wordless theatre with original music and delightful puppetry, this is Lempen Puppet Theatre's hopeful adventure story about two very different creatures that must learn to work together. Flotsam floats, Jetsam sinks - Both their wo...

The Smartest Giant in Town

The Met, Bury
Sunday 22 January 2023
George wishes he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town . ....

Sing-a-Long-a Encanto (U)

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Sunday 22 January 2023
Gather la Familia! It's time to celebrate something truly Magical. From the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a Frozen the brand new smash hit film musical of 2021 about the Family Madigral with lyrics on screen that...

Tales from Acorn Wood

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 January 2023
Based on the favourite stories by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved Tales from Acorn Wood stories are brought to life on stage for the first time in an enchanting lift-the-flap experience. Poor ...

ComedySportz

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 28 January - Saturday 23 September 2023
You've seen football. You've seen tennis. But have you seen Comedy as a sport? Then you don't want to miss this all ages, all action, all improvised competitive comedy show! Two teams battle it out for laughs with quick-witted gags, games, ...

Comedysportz 4 Tots

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 28 January - Saturday 23 September 2023
A show aimed at kids aged six and under from the team behind ComedySportz. Each show promises plenty of BIG laughs for little kids and a great opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. There will be plenty of silly songs, stories and ...

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Sunday 29 January 2023
Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit, Olivier-winning stage musical. Let them eat cake! Chocolate cake! Dahl's story of a neglected, prodigiously brilliant little girl is given a joy...
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