Manchester Theatre Awards

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BEST ACTOR: Kenneth Alan Taylor in The Father at Oldham Coliseum, Credit: Joel C Fildes

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.

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

Things We Tell The Hours After Midnight

Salford Arts Theatre
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Greater Manchester Fringe

Various
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Jubilee Debtors Club

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Trollope

53Two Manchester & Kings Arms, Salford
02 July 2018 to 21 July 2018

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Pretty Evil

53Two Manchester
04 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Aspects of Love

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
05 July 2018 to 09 August 2018

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Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

Three Minute Theatre & Salford Arts Theatre
11 July 2018 to 21 July 2018

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Lionman

Footlights Theatre, Salford Quays
17 July 2018 to 22 July 2018

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Westernized

53Two Manchester
18 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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The Fishermen

HOME, Manchester
19 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Pop-up theatre in Chorlton Park

53Two Manchester
19 July 2018 to 21 July 2018

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Refract: 18

Waterside arts centre, Sale
19 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Fame The Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
20 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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CO:LAB Festival

Royal Exchange Manchester
20 July 2018 to 22 July 2018

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A Different Way Home

Guide Bridge Theatre, Audenshaw & Kings Arms, Salford
21 July 2018 to 25 July 2018

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Big Dumb Cats

Crown & Kettle, Manchester
22 July 2018 to 26 July 2018

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Dusty

The Lowry Salford
24 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Love Lab

Kings Arms Salford
24 July 2018 to 25 July 2018

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Romeo & Juliet

Heaton Park, Manchester
25 July 2018 to 12 August 2018

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Motherlogues

Kings Arms Salford
26 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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What The Ladybird Heard Live

Lowry, Salford
01 August 2018 to 26 August 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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Madagascar the Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
14 August 2018 to 18 August 2018

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Closets

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
14 August 2018 to 23 August 2018

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Ockham's Razor: Tipping Point

Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester
15 August 2018 to 19 August 2018

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Burnout

3MT Manchester
23 August 2018

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Bolton Octagon on the road

Various venues
01 September 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Concert performances

Royal Exchange Manchester
02 September 2018 to 23 September 2018

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Roundabout

Ordsall Park
06 September 2018 to 09 September 2018

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Return of the Soldier/A Christmas Story the Musical

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
06 September 2018 to 01 December 2018

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Porno Chic

Footlights Theatre, Salford Quays
06 September 2018 to 08 September 2018

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Autumn/winter programme

HOME, Manchester
10 September 2018 to 28 February 2019

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Royal Exchange autumn/winter season

Royal Exchange Manchester
14 September 2018 to 02 March 2019

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Matilda the Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Oldham Coliseum season 2018/19

Oldham Coliseum
24 September 2018 to 12 March 2019

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Macbeth

The Lowry, Salford
29 September 2018 to 06 October 2018

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The 19th Emergency

Z Arts Manchester
06 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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Contagion

Manchester Science Festival
13 October 2018 to 16 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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Calendar Girls

The Lowry, Salford
30 October 2018 to 10 November 2018

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MIF & Warehouse Project

Mayfield, Manchester
05 November 2018 to 10 November 2018

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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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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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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 Band

The Lowry, Salford
16 January 2019 to 26 January 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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Latest reviews

Once a Year on Blackpool Sands
Westernized!
Craige Barker 18 Victoria
I'm Gonna Jump 
A Fine Life
The Black Stuff
Guy :A New Musical
The Egoist
Aspects of Love
 Anthony Robling Helen Bradbury and Sam Frenchum
Sheila Burnett

Westernized!

Nathan Smith
Death By Pie at The Saloon, 53 Two, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

18 Victoria (GM Fringe)

Cody Daigle-Orians
Root & Branch Productions at 53 Two, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Aspects of Love

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart based on the novel by David Garnett
Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre with Neil Eckersley and Jim Kinstead at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Love from a Stranger

Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper
Fiery Angel and Royal and Derngate Northampton at The Lowry,Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

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

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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