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.

Enjoy!

Here are our picks

  • 1. 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.

  • 2. 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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Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

HOME at Christmas
Festivals 13 December 2017–20 January 2019,

HOME at Christmas

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth
Families 19 January–9 February 2019, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth