Manchester Theatre Awards

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THE FINAL CURTAIN

The curtain has been rung down on the annual Manchester Theatre Awards.

 

Manchester Theatre Awards 2017 revealed

The Manchester Theatre Awards, for theatre seen in and around Manchester during 2017, were handed out at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

Manchester Theatre Award winners 2016

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre had a bumper haul of trophies from the Manchester Theatre Awards for 2016, revealed at a star-studded event at the city’s HOME venue.

What's on now

Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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If I Should Fall

Various venues
27 September 2018 to 30 October 2018

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Everything that happened and would happen

Mayfield, Manchester
10 October 2018 to 21 October 2018
(Press Night: 10 October 2018)

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Death of a Salesman

Royal Exchange Manchester
11 October 2018 to 17 November 2018

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Withering Looks

Oldham Coliseum
16 October 2018 to 20 October 2018

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Manon

Opera House, Manchester
17 October 2018 to 20 October 2018

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Sentinel, part of Manchester Science Festival

Waterside, Sale and various venues
18 October 2018 to 28 October 2018

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In The Gut

Various venues
18 October 2018 to 10 November 2018

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What's on soon

Fell

Antwerp Mansion
22 October 2018 to 25 October 2018

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Kings Arms Salford
22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018

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Let It Be

Opera House, Manchester
22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018

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Orbit Festival

HOME, Manchester
23 October 2018 to 03 November 2018

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Putting It Together

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
24 October 2018 to 24 November 2018

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The Mysteries

Royal Exchange Manchester
25 October 2018 to 11 November 2018

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Circus of Horrors

Wythenshawe Forum
25 October 2018

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Lowry, Salford
28 October 2018

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Countess

Eagle Inn, Manchester
29 October 2018 to 30 October 2018

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Calendar Girls

The Lowry, Salford
30 October 2018 to 10 November 2018

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Rebus: Long Shadows

Opera House, Manchester
30 October 2018 to 03 November 2018

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MIF & Warehouse Project

Mayfield, Manchester
05 November 2018 to 10 November 2018

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All You Need Is LSD

The Lowry Salford
06 November 2018 to 10 November 2018

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Cinderella

Oldham Coliseum
10 November 2018 to 12 January 2019

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Kinky Boots

Opera House, Manchester
12 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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The Habit of Art

The Lowry Salford
12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018

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The Maids

HOME, Manchester
16 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

The Lowry Salford
20 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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The Last 5 Years

Albert Halls Bolton
21 November 2018 to 23 November 2018

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First Time

Waterside arts centre, Sale
29 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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The Producers

Royal Exchange Manchester
30 November 2018 to 26 January 2019

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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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Six

The Lowry Salford
04 December 2018 to 16 December 2018

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Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas

Waterside arts centre, Sale
04 December 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Cinderella

Opera House, Manchester
08 December 2018 to 30 December 2018

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Doctor Dolittle

The Lowry, Salford
11 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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The Forest of Forgotten Discos

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
11 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

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Slapstick

HOME, Manchester
13 December 2018 to 22 December 2018

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White

HOME, Manchester
13 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

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Eric & Little Ern

The Lowry Salford
18 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

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The Rocky Horror Show

Opera House, Manchester
09 January 2019 to 26 January 2019

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The Band

The Lowry, Salford
16 January 2019 to 26 January 2019

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Club Mex

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
17 January 2019 to 10 February 2019

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Jersey Boys

Palace Theatre
29 January 2019 to 16 February 2019

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Annie

Opera House, Manchester
09 February 2019 to 16 February 2019

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Les Miserables

Palace Theatre, Manchester
19 February 2019 to 30 March 2019

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Motown the Musical

Opera House, Manchester
26 February 2019 to 23 March 2019

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Glengarry Glen Ross

Opera House, Manchester
25 March 2019 to 30 March 2019

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The Girl On The Train

The Lowry Salford
01 April 2019 to 06 April 2019

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The House On Cold Hill

Opera House, Manchester
13 May 2019 to 18 May 2019

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

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Latest reviews

English National Ballet in Manon
Patrick Baldwin Death of a Salesman: Don Warrington (Willy Loman), Maureen Beattie (Linda Loman) 
Johan Persson Clod Ensemble in Placebo
Camilla Greenwell Rambert Dance in Life is a Dream
Stephen Wright Tosca - Robert Hayward as Scarpia and cast
Richard H Smith The cast
BrinkhoffMogenborg 
Bilal Khan and Gurkiran Kaur 
Richard Lakos, The Other Richard Quirijn de Lang and Máire Flavin in The Merry Widow
Robert Workman Elaine McNicol and Daniel Bradford as Connie and Tristan
Sophie Giddens

Manon

Kenneth MacMillan
English National Ballet at Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller
Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange, Manchester
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Placebo

Clod Ensemble
Clod Ensemble at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Life is a Dream

Kim Brandstrup
Rambert Dance at The Lowry
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Tosca

Giacoso, Illica, Puccini
Opera North at Leeds Grand - and The Lowry 14th and 16th November
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Macbeth

William Shakespeare
National Theatre at The Lowry
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Future Bodies

Co-creators Clare Duffy, Abbi Greenland, Helen Goalen, Jon Spooner and Becky Wilkie
HOME and Unlimited Theatre, with RashDash at HOME
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Dishoom!

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Pravesh Kumar
Rifco Theatre Co, with Watford Palace and Oldham Coliseum at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Paul Genty)

The Merry Widow

Leon, Stein and Lehar
Opera North at Grand Theatre, Leeds - at The Lowry 15th and 17th November
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

The Effect

Lucy Prebble
Play With Fire in partnership with Oldham Coliseum at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Youth panel reviews

The Changing Room

Chris Bush
Lowry Young Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)

Tis Written in the Stars

Sarah Nelson and James Atherton
Oldham Theatre Workshop at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

15 Minutes

Contact Young Company/Action Hero
Contact Young Company at Contact Theatre
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)

#YOLO

Matthew Bulgo
The Blue Coat School at HOME
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)

#YOLO

Matthew Bulgo
CYGNETS at The Lowry
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

The Snow Dragons

Lizzie Nunnery
InterACT Youth Theatre at The Lowry
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

There is a Light

Contact Young Company/BRIGHTLIGHT
Contact Young Company at Contact Theatre
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)

Latest articles

Death of Braham Murray

Braham Murray OBE, one of the founding artistic directors of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, has died aged 75.

 

David Upton

Karl Marx is coming home

Intrigued by the idea of staging a play about Karl Marx in the actual place where he and Friedrich Engels developed The Communist Manifesto we take a tour of Chetham’s Library in Manchester.

David Cunningham

Making Contact

The Contact Theatre has launched the final phase of its Capital Redevelopment fundraising campaign, under the title ‘Making Contact’ and announced plans for branching out into television and a new arts and health space.

David Cunningham

Philip Radcliffe R.I.P.

The great arts journalist and a member of the Manchester Theatre Awards panel since we started has passed away. We pay tribute to one of our own and one of the best.

Kevin Bourke

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