The Lowry at Christmas
Stick Man at The Lowry this Christmas. Credit: Steve Ullathorne

The Lowry at Christmas

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

There’s nothing like a good theatre show to awake your inner Christmas elf and get you right into the festive swing of things. Luckily for all of us, The Lowry‘s Christmas programming caters for all ages and is sure to get the whole family involved and raring for the big day.

The award-winning calamitous tale of Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is set to be brought to life on the Lowry’s stage this Christmas. The clever folk at Scamp Theatre bring catchy songs, ingenious puppetry and vibrant design making this the perfect festive show for younger theatre-goers.

Pull out all of the Christmas stops and get your tickets early for a new musical production of Doctor Dolittle. Created by the same production company that brought you Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Addams Family, expect a top-notch quality musical of this heartwarming classic.

For a charming evening of comedy hitting all of the right notes, don’t miss An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas – a sparklingly sharp homage to Morecambe and Wise, one of Britain’s most illustrious and treasured comic partnerships. Why not make a night of it and enjoy a pre-theatre supper in Pier Eight, The Lowry’s very own restaurant?

Others may just want to escape the seasonal hustle and bustle and disappear into The Lowry’s gallery space for the Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites. Running throughout the festive season, the exhibition brings more than 40 works by Rossetti, Brown, Burne-Jones among others and offers the opportunity to view some of the UK’s most popular artists in a new light.

With the festive season steadily coming towards us, tickets are already selling quite fast for some of the Christmas shows and events. We wouldn’t hang around if you want to be sure of bagsying the best seats.


Here are our picks

  • 1. Doctor Dolittle at The Lowry

    Rehearsal image courtesy of The Lowry

    Doctor Dolittle at The Lowry, Manchester, 11 December 2018–5 January 2019, from £16.50 - Book now

    Get your tickets quick to have your eyes opened by a whole other (animal) world this festive season. Mark Williams (The Fast Show) stars in the title role of this major new musical adaptation.

  • 2. Stick Man at The Lowry

    Stick Man at The Lowry, Manchester, 1 December 2018–6 January 2019, from £14 - Book now

    This much- loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler tale of misadventure is brought to life for small people and their grown-ups this Christmas by Scamp Theatre.

  • 3. An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas at The Lowry

    An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christman

    An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas at The Lowry, Manchester, 18 December 2018–6 January 2019, from £23.00 - Book now

    Coming to The Lowry this December. With Morecambe and Wise’s most-loved routines, songs and sketches, An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas is a superb homage to the comedy duo.

  • 4. Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry

    Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Bower Meadow 1850-72 © Manchester Art Gallery/Bridgeman Images

    Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry, Manchester, 10 November 2018–24 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Running right through the festive season, Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry in Salford provides an unexpected insight into the artistic imagination of one of the UK’s most popular artists.

  • 5. Pier Eight at The Lowry

    Pier Eight at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    Pier 8, The Lowry’s in-house fine dining restaurant, is all about fresh produce and bold British flavours, why not check out their Christmas menu?

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