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Manchester Christmas Shows

Pantos, musicals and other stuff on this December

Published on November 30th 2009.

Manchester Christmas Shows

Manchester Opera House

£16 per personSaturday 5 December 2009 to Sunday 3 January 2010

Aladdin will be doing all he can to win the heart of the beautiful Princess, but the evil Abanazar will be trying to thwart his plans. Aladdin provides all that is expected of a Manchester pantomime, sparkling sets and costumes, amazing song and dance routines, romance, comedy, bags of audience participation and a real magic carpet. Yes we always expect a real magic carpet in our pantos. The PR says the show is simply 'genie-us'. Which sort of is genius.

Manchester Palace Theatre
The Sound of Music

£12.50 - £35 per person
Tuesday 15 December 2009 to Saturday 16 January 2010

A new 25th anniversary production of the World’s Longest Running Musical (the theatre's own capitals there folks) Les Misérables is coming to the Palace. With a hummable score including I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more this is a right old sing-along fave. You get passion and destruction and revolution. Then when you've left Varsity bar up the road you can get some more here in this show based on the Victor Hugo classic. You can also get a range of crap canned beers in plastic glasses from the bar - the Palace needs to shape up with its catering.

Contact Theatre
CYAC Winter Show

Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th December 2009

In 2008, Contact Young Actors Company was directed by Cathy Naden from internationally renowned Forced Entertainment, the Anglo-Brazilian Dende Collective and award-winning Nigerian choreographer, Segun Adefila. Earlier this year, Craig Conway and Grupo XIX De Teatro took the reins for two special events at Contact and the Museum of Science of Industry, and this winter Contact's new Artistic Director, Baba Israel will direct CYAC in their new show.

The Lowry Theatre
White Christmas

£22 - £32
Friday 27 Nov 2009 - Saturday 9 Jan 2010

Aled Jones, singer, actor, radio and TV presenter brings his effervescent charm, boyish looks and talent to the role of Bob Wallace in the seasonal classic. He is joined by international dance star of stage and screen Adam Cooper (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Billy Elliot the movie, and principal at the Royal Ballet) who plays Phil Davis, the other half of the song and dance duo. Now all together, "I'm dreaming of a.." Or the Cockermouth version, "I'm dreaming of a dry Christmas."

Manchester Library Theatre
Grimm Tales

Adults £16 (£14 concs, not Saturday evening)
Children £9 (school parties of 10 plus £8.75)
Family tickets (two adults, two children) £45
Saturday 5th December to Saturday 25th January 2010

The Brothers Grimm’s dark and spooky stories have always captivated children, with their enticing mix of mystery, enchantment, and humour. Rachel O’Riordan directs this atmospheric adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy, the recently appointed Poet Laureate, which promises to provide a feast of first-rate physical, musical and mythical theatre. Classic stories such as Hansel and Gretel you may know; but there are several you may not. The Library has good form in Christmas shows so maybe this will be another cracker - review to follow on Confidential.

Horrid Henry – Live and Horrid

£10 - £14.55
Thursday 10th December 2009 to Sunday 3rd January 2010

For the first time on stage in Manchester, Henry takes his rightful place in the spotlight. Along with Mum, Dad, Perfect Peter, Moody Margaret, Rude Ralph and all the kid's favourite characters. Only they’re not going to be in the spotlight, of course, not if Henry’s got anything to do with it. And Henry’s even got John Godber, author of Bouncers, Un ‘N’ Under, Teechers and many other great plays, to help create the occasion. Unless you’re a vegetable-eating, homework-loving, smelly-nappy baby - in which case, you should stay at home.

Stockport Plaza
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Mon 14 Dec 2009 - Sun 10 Jan 2010

The good old Plaza - that art deco dream - is cooking up a 'truly wicked pantomime Snow White for its 2009 season'. With dwarfs, apples, a beautiful Snow White, a charming prince and a really REALLY Wicked Stepmother…boooooo.....the Plaza should be a good family bet this Yule (you've written Yule, that's one cliche too many, you're fired, Ed).

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chris coupeNovember 30th 2009.

No mention of The Legendary Manchester Busker Christmas show at The Green Room, Dec 10th in your Christmas article

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