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Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater.  Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions.  Music by Luke Bateman. Lyrics by Richy Hughes. Presented by arrangement with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech.

Direct from a smash hit New York and London West End season.

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out!

With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat!

Preview Night: Wed 27 Nov at 18:00. A limited number of £6 tickets available to low income families. Call Box Office on 0161 912 5616 for more information.

BSL Interpreted show / Relaxed performance: Sat 14 December at 11:00. Our BSL interpreter will be situated stage right.

Slumber Shows: All 18:00 shows. Come in your pyjamas and bring a favourite bedtime teddy!

Milk & Cookie Packs: £2.50 each. Reserve your packs when you book your tickets! (Not available on school performances.)

SCHOOLS- Public can now buy tickets for school performances where available.

Schools: £10. Buy 9 tickets get 1 teacher FREE.

Performances for Schools at 10:30 & 13:30 on the following dates:

Fri 29 Nov
Tue 3 Dec to Fri 6 Dec
Tue 10 Dec to Fri 13 Dec
Tue 17 Dec to Thu 19 Dec

Call Waterside Box Office to book: 0161 912 5616.


Directed by Emma Earle
Associate Direction by Luke Bateman
Designed by Zoe Squire
Puppet Designs by Nick Barnes
Sound by Jason Barnes
Lighting by Ric Mountjoy
Music by Luke Bateman
Lyrics by Richy Hughes


"Thoroughly hummable score and snappy lyrics, ingenious life size puppets and plenty of surprises.. ITS CUTENESS IS HARD TO RESIST" New York Times

"This is high class storytelling with huge heart and some lovely surprises" **** What's On Stage

"A 60-minute blast of pure entertainment, warm enough to melt the iceist of hearts" **** Musical Theatre Review

"Strong characters, foot tapping tunes, superb singers and skilful puppetry" **** Manchester Evening News


65 mins, no interval


3 - 11 years