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Manchester Theatre Awards to be held on Friday 9 March 2018 at The Lowry

The Manchester Theatre Awards will be held at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March next year, 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.

Actor in a leading role

Three of the panel’s most admired performances this year came from actors breathing new life into classic, but always daunting, roles.

What's on now

Dick Whittington

Oldham Coliseum
11 November 2017 to 13 January 2018
(Press Night: 11 November 2017)

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Guys And Dolls

Royal Exchange Manchester
01 December 2017 to 27 January 2018

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Around the World in 80 Days

The Lowry, Salford
05 December 2017 to 07 January 2018

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Massenet’s Cinderella

Royal Northern College of Music
06 December 2017 to 16 December 2017

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The Bear by Raymond Briggs

Waterside Arts Centre
07 December 2017 to 06 January 2018
(Press Night: 07 December 2017)

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Dick Whittington

Opera House, Manchester
09 December 2017 to 07 January 2018

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Christmas shows

HOME, Manchester
11 December 2017 to 01 January 2018

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The Gruffalo

The Lowry Salford
11 December 2017 to 07 January 2018

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
12 December 2017 to 06 January 2018
(Press Night: 13 December 2017)

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What's on soon

Queer Contact Festival 2018

Contact Manchester
27 January 2018 to 25 February 2018

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Nina - a story about me and Nina Simone

Lowry, Salford
30 January 2018 to 03 February 2018
(Press Night: 30 January 2018)

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Strangers On a Train

Manchester Opera House
05 February 2018 to 10 February 2018
(Press Night: 05 February 2018)

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Flashdance the Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
12 February 2018 to 17 February 2018

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Hamlet

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
15 February 2018 to 10 March 2018

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Opera House, Manchester
13 March 2018 to 17 March 2018

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Fat Friends – the Musical

Opera House
19 March 2018 to 24 March 2018

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Miss Saigon

Palace Theatre
21 March 2018 to 12 May 2018

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Of Mice & Men

Opera House
09 April 2018 to 14 April 2018

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Mary Stuart

The Lowry
17 April 2018 to 21 April 2018

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War Horse

The Lowry
13 June 2018 to 30 June 2018

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The Last Ship

The Lowry, Salford
03 July 2018 to 07 July 2018
(Press Night: 03 July 2018)

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An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical

Opera House, Manchester
13 August 2018 to 18 August 2018

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Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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Doctor Dolittle

The Lowry, Salford
11 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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Jersey Boys

Palace Theatre
29 January 2019 to 16 February 2019

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Latest reviews

Around The World in 80 Days
Andrew Billington Guys And Dolls
Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che in Evita
Pamela Raith Eight
Nativity! The Musical
Richard Davenport Elf
We Apologise For The Inconvenience
Pirates of The Carabina – Flown
Man On The Moon

Around The World in 80 Days

Jules Verne adapted by Laura Eason
Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Simon Friend, The New Vic Theatre and  the Royal Exchange Theatre at The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Guys And Dolls

Music and lyrics Frank Loesser; Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, based on stories by Damon Runyon
Royal Exchange Theatre Company and Talawa Theatre Company at Royal Exchange
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Evita

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Bill Kenwright at Palace
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

Eight

Ella Hickson
MAP Rep Company at 53 Two, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Nativity! The Musical

Debbie Isitt
Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

Elf

Book: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin; music Matthew Sklar; lyrics Chad Beguelin
Theatre Royal Plymouth at The Lowry
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Pirates of The Carabina – Flown

Jade Dunbar, Barnz Munn and Shaena Brandel
Pirates of The Carabina at The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Man On The Moon

Keisha Thompson
STUN and Contact at Contact Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Cilla The Musical

Jeff Pope
Bill Kenwright production at Palace
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Youth panel reviews

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

Everything is Beautiful for Bronté Barbé

Seven years after reaching the finals of BBC talent show, Over the Rainbow, Bronté Barbé has found her pot of gold. She talks to Carmel Thomason about taking the lead in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, and celebrating being home for the holidays.

Carmel Thomason

Madalena Alberto – returning to Evita

Actress, singer and songwriter, Madalena Alberto is a leading light in musical theatre. Embarking on a new UK tour of Evita, she talks to Carmel Thomason about returning to her acclaimed role as the controversial, Argentinian first lady, Eva Peron – 'Cinderella gone wrong'. 

Carmel Thomason

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