What’s on Manchester This Christmas?
Pantomimes & Christmas Shows
Every Year Manchester is blessed to see some amazing Family Shows in it’s major theatres and this year is no exception!
Here are the Christmas Pantomimes and Family Festive Shows in Manchester this year:
Manchester Opera House
Friday 9th December 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2017
This December, First Family Entertainment return once again to bring you the most magical pantomime of all Aladdin and this year proves to be bigger and more spectacular than ever!
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 baddies and, just maybe, a real flying carpet – this is the pantomime dreams are made of!
Enter the cave of wonders, rub the magic lamp and be transported to this fun fairy tale world. With an all-star cast to be announced, the spectacular adventure is full of magic and mystical tales of a foreign land, guaranteed to make memories your family will treasure – don’t miss this gem of a show!
So prepare your best lamp shining rag and get those tickets booked for the best panto in town!
Manchester Palace Theatre
Tuesday 29th November 2016 – Saturday 28th January 2017
Having been seen by over 10 million people across 5 continents and collecting over 80 awards along the way, Billy Elliot the Musical is about to take its next big leap with the launch of its first ever UK and Ireland tour.
The ‘best musical of the decade’ (Time Magazine) is coming to the Palace Theatre from the Tue 29 November 2016 – Sat 28 January 2017.
In 2005, Billy Elliot made the transition from screen to stage when the London production of Billy Elliot the Musical opened to astounding critical and popular acclaim. International success soon followed when the first Australian production opened in December 2007, followed by a production in Melbourne in 2008. Also in 2008, the show opened to enormous success on Broadway, winning a whole new set of fans and numerous accolades including ten 2009 Tony Awards. Productions soon followed in Chicago (2010) and Toronto (2011), while the North American touring production, which played to cities across the US and Canada starting in 2010, finished its spectacular run with an engagement in São Paulo in 2013, the first time Billy Elliot played in South America. Seoul saw the first foreign language production in 2010, followed by the first Dutch production which is currently playing at the Circus theatre in The Hague.
Brought to life by the award-winning team behind the movie, Lee Hall (book and lyrics), Stephen Daldry (direction) and Peter Darling (choreography), joined by the legendary Elton John (music), Billy Elliot is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world. After 10 exhilarating years on stage, we are delighted to finally bring Billy Elliot to theatres across the UK and in Ireland.
The Lowry Manchester
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Sunday 5th January 2017
Starring Jason Manford as Caractacus Potts, Claire Sweeney and Phill Jupitus!
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 Child Catcher? Will it all end happily-ever-after? Well, of course it will!
Having broken all box office records in the West End, this fun-filled production from the team that brought you Fiddler on the Roof and The King & and I promises laughs and magic galore – and Chitty herself!
Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2017
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 monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on an hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as they all join forces to save the festive season!
It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, wildly funny and moving way you’ll ever see!
From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on an hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer…
Best Ever Christmas Show
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December 2016
Get ready for a Christmas extravaganza like you’ve never seen before because the Best Ever Christmas Show is on its way to Manchester!
Bringing this brand new spectacular to life are some of the best-loved names in pre-school television including CBeebies’ Andy Day, Katy Ashworth and Cat Sandion, along with Jen Pringle from Milkshake! as well as top children’s presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Dave Benson Phillips.
Tickets for the 1.30pm & 4.30pm Saturday 17 December and 11.00am & 2.30pm Sunday 18 December shows are on sale now.
It’s Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year in Christmastown and it’s time to join some familiar Christmas characters and make some new friends. Jack Frost, Princess Twinkle and the residents of Christmastown excitedly prepare for Santa’s arrival, however wicked Queen Glacia has a different idea, as she casts an icy curse on Jack!
This winter adventure journeys to the Crystal Cave, through the moonlit forest and into the lavish Royal Palace meeting good-natured goblins, troublesome trolls and magical puppets along the way. Will Jack and his friends save Christmas before Santa arrives?
Don’t miss the sing-along, dance-along, clap-along, snow-filled Best Ever Christmas Show coming to Manchester Arena this December.
Written by Will Brenton (CBeebies Live!, Justin & Friends, Tweenies) and brought to you by the Award winning producers of the UK’s leading pre-school Arena spectaculars Thomas & Friends, Noddy Live, and Tweenies Live! you can look forward to a top quality, unforgettable Christmas experience.
Winter Wonderland Family Day Out
Have you thought about enjoying a wonderful AFTERNOON TEA at the Palace Theatre’s very own Stage Door venue? £15 per person is all it takes to enjoy award-winning cakes and sandwiches from the North’s Famous Slattery Patisserie.
* Please note, tickets purchased from third-party websites my cost more than face value. Quoted prices correct at time of publication.
Why not make the most of your trip to the theatre this Christmas and make it a Short Theatre Break?
It is cheaper than you think!