Mr Popper’s Penguins at Waterside Arts

Sarah Gaffney-Lang, Families Editor
Cast members in Mr Popper's Penguins

Mr Popper's Penguins at Waterside, Manchester 26 November — 31 December 2019 Tickets from £12.50 — Book now

Looking for a family treat to warm the soul this Christmas? Look no further. Smash-hit show, Mr Popper’s Penguins, returns from New York to Manchester at Waterside Arts, brought to you by acclaimed children’s theatre company, Pins & Needles.

Its cuteness is hard to resist
New York Times

With original songs and skilled puppetry, this delightful play is based on the popular book by Richard and Florence Atwater. It was also made in to a Hollywood film in 2011, featuring Jim Carrey.

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. One day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep… He is astounded when he opens it and a penguin waddles out – soon to be followed by five more penguins! The joyful creatures soon win over Mr and Mrs Popper and help them rediscover the joy in life.

Cast members in Mr Popper's Penguins

Darren Adams, Manager of Waterside, says: 

This year, we are delighted that the internationally acclaimed Mr Popper’s Penguins is making its way back to the UK after a successful New York run on Broadway and right on to our stage for the first time to thrill and delight our audiences.”

Children (and adults too!) are invited to come in their PJs and bring a favourite bedtime teddy to the 6pm Slumber Shows, making for a very cosy theatre experience. Cookies and milk packs are also available to pre-order along with your tickets  – what a bedtime treat! 

Running time for the performance is 60 minutes, with no interval.
It is recommended for children 3 – 11 years.

Mr Popper's Penguins at Waterside, Manchester 26 November — 31 December 2019 Tickets from £12.50 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
23 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
23 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
23 December 2019
6:00pm — 7:00pm
24 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
24 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
26 December 2019
1:00pm — 2:00pm
26 December 2019
3:00pm — 4:00pm
27 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
27 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
28 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
28 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
29 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
29 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
29 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
29 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
30 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
30 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm
31 December 2019
11:00am — 12:00pm
31 December 2019
2:00pm — 3:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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