For some, the Festive Season, would not be the same without a trip to the theatre for a great family show. We have so many great shows to choose from in and around Manchester you will be spoilt for choice:
Sleeping Beauty, Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Sat 12th November 2016 to Sat 7th January 2017
The North West's favourite pantomime is back. Oh yes, it is! The wicked Carabosse puts a spell on the beautiful Princess Rose, making her sleep for a hundred years... Can a handsome prince save the day and awaken the sleeping princess with a kiss? Given the (in)famous Coliseum treatment, Sleeping Beauty has glitz and glamour, silliness and slapstick and hit songs to sing along to. It's a traditional pantomime appealing to ALL the family, from kids to not-so-grown-up grown-ups. Guaranteed to send you home with a great BIG smile on your face. Starring all your pantomime favourites.
Tickets from £13.50, family tickets available, to purchase tickets click here
Cinderella, Octagon Theatre Bolton
Fri 18th November 2016 to Sat 14th January 2017
It’s got all the traditional elements for a fabulous festive treat – a feisty girl who dreams of dressing up and dancing, a wicked stepmother, mean older sisters, and a slightly geeky Prince – but this Cinderella has one big difference. The rats are in charge.
Join Whiskers, Tail, Teeth, Ears and Claws as they tell their story, play live music, dance, sing and squabble their way through to the hilarious fairy-tale ending.
Cinderella is an entertaining and energetic production for the whole family from award-winning writer for children, Mike Kenny. Mike was included in the Independent on Sunday's list of Top Ten Living Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. His adaptation of The Railway Children won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Tickets from £10, family tickets available, to purchase tickets click here
Jack and the Beanstalk, Middleton Arena
Thursday 1st December 2016 - Saturday 31 December 2016
Shone Production Ltd in association with Middleton Arena hope you can join us at Christmas for Jack and the Beanstalk – our biggest pantomime yet!
A Giant of a Pantomime by Shone Productions Ltd.
Hugely fun... a panto with all the fillings and fittings starring Alex Reid - Winner of Celebrity Big Brother - as Fleshcreep, The Hilarious Danny Mills as Dame Trott and X Factor's Sophie Wysoczanski as Princess Jill.
Come and meet our hero Jack as he attempts to defeat the evil Giant and save the village. With help from his mother Dame Trott and his silly brother Billy, Jack dreams of marrying Princess Jill and he hopes that if he saves the days his dreams may come true.
Tickets from £12 with peak and off peak pricing options, family tickets also available, to purchase tickets click here
Peter Pan, Stockport Plaza
Friday 2nd December 2016 - Sunday 8th January 2017
It’s never too early to Hook your tickets for the North West’s premier family pantomime PETER PAN, the swashbuckling treat that everyone will enjoy! Along with a fantastic supporting cast, stunning sets and sparkling costumes The Plaza once again will be the home of family pantomime entertainment this Christmas….oh yes it is!!
Tickets from £13.25, to purchase tickets click here
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lowry Salford
Tuesday 6th December 2016 - Sunday 15th January 2017
Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) as Caractacus Potts, Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on A Sunday, Hairspray) as Baroness Bomburst, and Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst. One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance.
Can the loveable but whacky inventor, Potts, along with his two children and the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom? What happens when the children are caught and imprisoned with the other youngsters by the evil Childcatcher? Will it all end happily-ever-after? Well, of course it will!
Tickets from £14.50, to purchase tickets click here
Underneath a Magical Moon, Waterside Arts Centre SaleThursday 8th December 2016 - Saturday 31st December 2016
We are delighted to present our Christmas show Underneath a Magical Moon - a re-imagining of Peter Pan as told by Wendy Darling - written by Mike Kenny, presented by tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal. Through her open window Wendy Darling gazes out at the night sky dreaming of blue lagoons, magical moons and the stories that she can tell.
But tonight, like no other, has magic in the air ......
tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal team up with leading playwright Mike Kenny to re-imagine the enchanting story of Peter Pan as told by Wendy. Wendy Darling who is the owner of stories, mother to the lost boys, a believer in fairies, and a young girl with her feet firmly on the ground. Come with us as we invite you to fly into a fantastical world of adventure, where time stands still, and the impossible seems possible and if you close your eyes and believe, then you really can make anything happen.
A sparkling new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic for children 3+ and their families to enjoy. Tickets start from £10. To purchase tickets click here
Aladdin, Opera House Manchester
Friday 9th December 2016 - Sunday 8th January 2017
If you’re looking for magical family fun this Christmas, your wish is our command! With Genies by the lamp-load, belly-busting comedy, chart-topping songs, bags of family fun, audience, participation, pantoland’s biggest, boo-able baddie &, just maybe, a real flying carpet - the pantomime dreams are made of!
To purchase tickets click here
Sorry, Christmas is Cancelled, The Lowry
Thursday 22nd December 206-Saturday 7th January 2017
Katie and all of the other children around the world have just received the news that every child fears…Christmas is…CANCELLED! Thieves have broken into Father Christmas’ grotto and stolen all of the presents, and with only a few sleeps left until the big day, there is no time to make any more. All seems lost until Katie hitches a ride on a magical bird to The North Pole, determined to help Father Christmas save the day! Will Katie solve the clues in the mysterious advent calendar? How will she find her way through the snowy North Pole? And who did steal the presents? To purchase tickets click here.
The Lost Present, The Lowry
Wednesday 28th December 2016 - Friday 30th December 2016
Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you Ruby Flew Too! are back and would like to invite their young audiences on a Christmas adventure like no other. It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend – a little girl she hasn’t even met yet. Has the lost present got what it takes to find her way through the cold winter night? Will she arrive in time for Christmas morning? Will Elva be everything the little girl wished for? Written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas. To purchase tickets click here