From wonderful retellings of timeless fairytale classics to jaw-dropping circus extravaganzas, take a look through some of the best family-friendly performances set to arrive in Manchester over the Easter period.

The Gingerbread Man | HOME | Fri 22 Mar - Sun 24 Mar

From the brilliant minds at family theatre specialists Stuff and Nonsense comes a unique take on the tale of The Gingerbread Man at HOME.

Through the company’s spectacular signature blend of puppetry, live action, music, humour and stunning staging, audiences can expect an exciting, pacey retelling of the much-loved classic that’s fun for the entire family.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Paddington in Concert | The Bridgewater Hall | Sun 7 Apr

See the beloved tale of Paddington like never before, as the 2014 film is projected onto a huge screen at The Bridgewater Hall, with the London Concert Orchestra performing Nick Urata’s original soundtrack live alongside.

Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
The Gruffalo's Child | The Lowry | Tue 2 Apr - Sun 7 Apr

Adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book, The Gruffalo’s Child invites kids and adults alike to let their imagination run free with songs, laughs and scary fun for everyone.

Pier, 8 The Quays, Salford, Manchester M50 3AZ
There's a Monster in Your Show | Z-arts | Fri 29 Mar - Sat 30 Mar

Tom Fletcher’s acclaimed Who’s in Your Book? series makes its debut via a brand-new musical, There’s a Monster in Your Show.

Following a group of performers preparing for their curtain call, the cast quickly discovers they are not alone on stage. Comedy chaos ensues as Little Monster joins the action alongside his friends, Dragon, Alien and Unicorn.

A high-energy 50-minute adventure featuring lively original music, There’s a Monster in Your Show is the perfect introduction to live theatre.

335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA
Jungle Book | Aviva Studios | Wed 27 Mar - Sun 31 Mar

A spellbinding take on the Jungle Book comes to Aviva Studios, from visionary director Robert Wilson and with original live music from the incredible CocoRosie.

Co-produced by Factory International, Jungle Book has already wowed audiences of all ages in Paris, Florence and Antwerp ahead of its much-anticipated arrival in Manchester.

Water St, Manchester M3 4JQ
Cirque du Soleil | AO Arena | Wed 27 Mar - Sun 31 Mar

Returning to the UK for the first time in six years, the spectacular Cirque du Soleil takes over the AO Arena with its newly revisited high-energy and high-acrobatic production OVO.

Described as ‘a colourful intrusion into a new day in the life of insects; a non-stop riot of energy and movement’, OVO promises to explore and celebrate the beauty of biodiversity in all its contrasts and vibrancy with Cirque du Soleil’s signature showstopping acrobatics.

Victoria Station Approach, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR
Peter Pan Goes Wrong | Opera House | Tue 26 Mar - Sun 31 Mar

Fresh from the multi-award-winning, sell-out success of The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief return with a side-splitting spin on the story of Peter Pan in the sublime settings of the Manchester Opera House.

Expect technical hitches and flying mishaps as Peter sets out on a tumultuous quest to Neverland.

3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP
Spot's Birthday Party | Octagon Theatre | Thu 28 Mar - Sat 30 Mar

Based on Eric Hill’s family favourite Happy Birthday Spot, a brand-new interactive stage adaption comes to Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, complete with party hats, songs, dancing and plenty of party games for little ones to get involved with.

Howell Croft S, Bolton BL1 1SB
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 19 Mar 2024