Every year our much loved childhood classics are adapted for the stage to sprinkle a bit of magic and festive cheer over even the biggest grinches.
And it’s not just the Opera House in Manchester offering up a delightful, slapstick night of laughter and jokes – there are some great productions on at smaller theatres and venues across Manchester.
Here’s our choice of some of the best shows around this year to help you plan your magical night out.
Where: Oldham Coliseum Theatre
When: 10th November 2018 – 12th January 2019
Oldham Coliseum serves up a perfect panto recipe each year providing great entertainment with some excellent actors, singers and dancers serving up the very best festive fun for all the family. And this year is no exception. Tickets: Adults from £17.50; Concessions from £15.50; Children (under 16) from £13.50.
Where: Plaza Theatre, Stockport
When: 30th November 2018 – 6th December 2018
Magically awaken your dreams at The Plaza with this classic panto brought to life by actor and comedian Ted Robbins and Emmerdale baddie Claire King. A Princess sleeps for a lifetime in her forgotten palace following an evil curse that has put her under a spell. Will true love’s kiss awaken our Sleeping Beauty or will evil triumph over good? You’ll have to head on over to Stockport to find out. Tickets: Adults from £18; Concessions from £17; Children (under 16) from £12.50.
Where: Bolton Little Theatre
When: 30th November 2018 – 16th December 2018
The famous rags to riches adventure of Dick Whittington is back at this vibrant amateur theatre that puts on a Christmas panto every year. From the sewers of London to the shores of Morocco, a traditional yet up-to-date show packed full of comedy. All tickets priced £10. Bargain!
Where: Opera House Manchester
When: 8th December 2018 – 30th December 2018
A must-see, magical family panto starring Coronation Street‘s Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan) and actor/comedian Les Dennis as the Ugly Sisters, not to mention pop star turned theatre star Gareth Gates as dreamy Prince Charming. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her Ugly Sisters and wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming with the help of a very magical Fairy Godmother. Ticket prices vary.
Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays
When: 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan wants to build a nest with him and then he even ends up on a fire. Will Stick Man ever get back to his family tree? Book tickets to find out. Tickets from £14.
Where: Palace Theatre, Manchester
When: 4th December 2018 – Saturday 5th January 2019
An ingenious and witty re-imaginingg of the stories and characters created by L.Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz telling the incredible story of a profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Tickets from £22.
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas
Where: Waterside Plaza, Sale
When: 4th December 2018 – 31st December 2018
Step inside the bloomin’ brilliant world of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year. Boasting plenty of live music, songs to sing along to and playful puppetry, this critically acclaimed adaptation of the book is a delightful festive treat for children to enjoy. Tickets start from just £6.
Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays
When: 11th December 2018 – 5th January 2018
Mark Williams returns to the stage as Dr Dolittle in Leslie Bricusse’s acclaimed family musical. Join the eccentric Doctor, his friend and his exotic menagerie of animals on an extraordinary adventure. Some familiar faces from TV star in this beautifully produced musical. Tickets start from £16.
Where: The Dancehouse, Manchester
When: 15th December 2018 – 31st December 2018
Take a magic carpet ride to the mystic east with Aladdin, Prince of Thieves featuring a multi-talented, all-singing, all-dancing cast that’s a treat for children of all ages – even the grown-up ones. Your wish for a funny pantomime has been granted. Tickets: Adults from £17; Concessions from £10.
The Forest of Forgotten Discos
Where: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
When: Tuesday 11th December – 16th December plus some shows on the 23rd December
There’s a mystery in the forest. Everyone has forgotten about dancing, bright lights and disco. Even Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon rainforest, doesn’t know why. Meet Bear Hug, a bear with a secret. Bear Minimum has a messy bedroom she cant keep clean and Bear Grills just can’t keep his head cool. Fun for everyone at Hope Mill this festive period. For children aged 5+. Tickets start at £7.