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Theatre and Special Events in Tameside


Outdoor Summer Theatre Series

Free family theatre, delivered in the heart of our local green spaces.  All of these outdoor theatre events are branded “smoke free”. Studies show that by keeping smoking out of sight and de-normalising smoking behaviour from children and young people can make them less likely to start smoking.

Thursday 1st August 2019

Presented by The Fabularium

The tale of Reynard the Fox follows the woodlands most infamous scoundrel who prides himself on being the trickster of the forest. But when the Woodland Court announces the theft of the King’s Crown Jewels the animal kingdom, immediately blame the fox. Reynard must do everything he can to prove his innocence and avoid certain death, as well as maintaining his devious persona. Will the gift of his silver tongue be a shade too bright against his roguish red fur to save his own tail?
Reynard the Fox is an engaging piece of outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages, using The Fabularium’s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and all performed upon their traditional wooden cart, featuring storytelling, puppetry, original live music and The Fabularium’s bespoke animal headpieces.

Suitable for ages 3+
Showtime 11.30am and 2.30pm
Victoria Park, Denton, M34 2AA
Call 0161 342 4144 for more info

Thursday 8th August 2019

Presented by The Fabularium

Join the hapless but noble knight Don Quixote and his long suffering, fortune seeking side-kick Sancha Panza on their epic quest to revive chivalry, confront monsters and seek to right what is wrong or accidentally wrong what is right!

'There Be Monsters!’ is the brand spanking new outdoor heroic romp-around from acclaimed outdoor performers The Fabularium.

This is a journey like no other, with amazing masks, live original music and catchy songs that will deliver a fun yet thought provoking, theatrical experience.

Suitable for ages 4+
Showtime 11.30am and 2.30pm
Ryecroft Hall Park, Manchester, M34 5ZJ.
Call 0161 342 4144 for more info
Thursday 15th August 2019
Circus Sensible

Presented by Circus Sensible

Bringing their unique blend of mayhem and madness, the outrageous Circus Sensible is here to thrill and excite the whole family.

Between shows you will be able to try your hand at some of the amazing circus skills.

Suitable for ages 4+
Showtime 11.30am and 2.30pm
Cedar Park, Queens Rd, OL6 8EW.
Call 0161 342 4144 for more info

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Presented by Folksy Theatre

Mister Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who's a magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool. But he still only has one boot!
Join Mister Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre's bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction, it's a day out not to be missed! Based on the book by the wonderful Quentin Blake.
 Suitable for ages 4+
Showtime 11.30am and 2.30pm
Dukinfield Park, Dukinfield, SK16 4DR
Call 0161 342 4144 for more info

Thursday 28th August 2019

Presented by Gambolling Arena Theatre

Are you ready to have lots of good fun that’s funny?
Laugh along as Sally and her brother get involved in all sorts of adventures whilst Mum is out at work. Music and fun to delight all ages.
Hang on to your hats as Gambolling Arena takes you through a brand new musical adaptation of the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss’s classic story.
Suitable for ages 4+
Showtime 11.30am and 2.30pm
Ryecroft Hall Park, Manchester, M34 5ZJ.
Call 0161 342 4144 for more info


Bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North and beyond.
October 2019

Sunday 27th October 2019

Presented by 154 Collective

A marvelous and mesmerising market stall where you can make your own music just by touching the magical, musical plants.
From the singing shrubbery, to the tuneful tulips to the harmonious herbs each plant plays a different sound, with so many combinations you’ll be creating your own horticultural orchestra in no time. 

Maybe you’ll even impress the Musical Botanist, who will appear from time to time to play a song or two.

As fun-filled as it is innovative, this family friendly artwork is suitable for people of all ages.
Suitable for all ages

Portland Basin Museum, Portland Place
The Musical Botanist will be appearing off and on throughout the day, between 12noon and 3pm, somewhere in the museum…

Call 0161 342 4144 for more information
Tuesday 29th October 2019

Presented by Matthew Linley Creative Projects

Welcome to Patchwork Wonders a genre-bursting mix of beatboxing, live drawing, animation, jazz, hip hop and South Asian folk music.
Get ready to be transported into the wonky, magical, dreamlike world of the Stitch Brothers as they take you on a journey of discovery.

Playful, engaging and fun the show is perfect for 5-8 year olds and their grown-ups! 

Suitable for ages 5+
Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity St, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN

Tickets £3 per child, accompanying adult free (max 1 per child).
ShowTime’s 11.30am and 2.30pm

Online Box Office:
Or call 0161 342 4144


Other Amazing Family Theatre 2019

Saturday 7th December 2019
A Christmas Carol

Presented by Booster Cushion Theatre Company

With Booster Cushions usual mix of madness & Mayhem and lots and lots of humbugs, this very entertaining version of the Dicken’s classic tale takes the audience back to Victorian England for a remarkable reworking of this festive Dickensian classic.

The old Dickensian narrator arrives to tell us the news, fresh from London town about the story he has heard of Scrooge. He opens his Big Book but as he does he starts transforming into the different characters! The audience watches as he turns into a grumpy Scrooge, a very goofy Marley and the Three Ghosts of Christmas

Past, Christmas Present and Future. But the narrator spots that in the audience Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Belle and Fezziwig seem to be hiding and children get to participate as the characters.
A great introduction to this Charles Dickens Classic.

Suitable for ages 5+
Astley Cheetham Gallery, Trinity St, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN

Tickets £3 per child, accompanying adult free (max 1 per child).
ShowTime’s 11.30am and 1.00pm

Online Box Office:
Or call 0161 342 4144