Manchester Theatre Awards

> Independent informed reviews by the region’s most experienced critics

Julie Hesmondhalgh: leading actress, Credit: Jonathan Keenan

Manchester Theatre Award winners

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre had a bumper haul of trophies from the Manchester Theatre Awards, 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.

Actress in a leading role

The past few years have seen an increasing number of strong female roles on the Manchester stage and as a panel we’ve seen this reflected in the incredible talent showcased in this category.

What's on now

Pippin

Hope Mill Theatre
25 August 2017 to 23 September 2017

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Octagon Theatre
06 September 2017 to 23 September 2017
(Press Night: 11 September 2017)

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Oh What A Lovely War

Oldham Coliseum
08 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
(Press Night: 12 September 2017)

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The Band

Opera House
08 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
(Press Night: 26 September 2017)

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Our Town

Royal Exchange Theatre
14 September 2017 to 14 October 2017
(Press Night: 19 September 2017)

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Aladdin

The Lowry, Salford
20 September 2017 to 23 September 2017
(Press Night: 20 September 2017)

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Angels With Dirty Accents

Salford Arts Theatre
20 September 2017 to 30 September 2017

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Musical Rewrites

The Lowry, Salford
20 September 2017 to 23 September 2017

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We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera

Contact
20 September 2017 to 23 September 2017
(Press Night: 20 September 2017)

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People, Places & Things

HOME Manchester
22 September 2017 to 07 October 2017
(Press Night: 28 September 2017)

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Gervase Phinn

Sale Waterside Arts Centre
22 September 2017

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Two-Man Show

Manchester Royal Exchange
23 September 2017

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TitanicDance

Palace Theatre
24 September 2017
(Press Night: 24 September 2017)

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Son of a Preacher Man

Palace Theatre
26 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
(Press Night: 26 September 2017)

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Word of Warning: Pay What You Decide

Various
27 September 2017 to 30 September 2017

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Rambert Triple Bill

The Lowry, Salford
28 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
(Press Night: 28 September 2017)

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Bayadere – The Ninth Life

The Lowry
28 September 2017 to 29 September 2017
(Press Night: 28 September 2017)

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The Carpenters Story

Palace Manchester
01 October 2017

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Things I Know To Be True

The Lowry, Salford
03 October 2017 to 07 October 2017

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Whitney - Queen of the Night

Manchester Opera House
06 October 2017

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The Charlie Montague Mysteries

Three Minute Theatre
07 October 2017

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The Looking Glass

King's Arms, Salford
10 October 2017
(Press Night: 10 October 2017)

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English National Ballet

Palace Theatre, Manchester
11 October 2017 to 14 October 2017
(Press Night: 11 October 2017)

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The Threepenny Opera

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
12 October 2017 to 04 November 2017

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Tango Moderno

Opera House, Manchester
17 October 2017 to 21 October 2017

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Under Glass (Clod Ensemble)

The Lowry
18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017
(Press Night: 18 October 2017)

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Sunset Boulevard

Palace Theatre
23 October 2017 to 04 November 2017
(Press Night: 23 October 2017)

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A Halloween Ghost Story

Heaton Park and Hall
28 October 2017 to 31 October 2017

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This Bright Field

The Lowry, Salford
31 October 2017 to 01 November 2017

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Uncle Vanya

HOME, Manchester
03 November 2017 to 25 November 2017

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Cabaret

The Lowry
07 November 2017 to 11 November 2017

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Little Women

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
09 November 2017 to 09 December 2017

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Opera North: Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Osud, Trouble in Tahiti, Trial by Jury

The Lowry
15 November 2017 to 17 November 2017

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Cilla the Musical

Palace Theatre
21 November 2017 to 25 November 2017

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Noir

The Kings Arms, Salford
22 November 2017 to 02 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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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Palace Theatre
12 December 2017 to 06 January 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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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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Latest reviews

Norah Lopez Holden in Our Town
Cover My Tracks
Anthony Hunt, Lauryn Redding, Barbara Hockaday, Reece Richardson and Matt Connor
Joel Chester Fildes Gary McNair in Letters To Morrissey
David Moneith-Hodge David Walker (Dad), Sally Bankes (Mum) and Taj Atwal (Rita)
Richard Davenport Leon Ockenden and Caroline Langrishe
Company How to be a Kid
Matt Humphrey Out Of Love 
Jonathan Keenan Black Mountain 
Jonathan Keenan Maggie Fox as Mr Darcy and Sue Ryding as Jane Austen

Our Town

Thornton Wilder
The Royal Exchange at The Royal Exchange, Manchester 
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Cover My Tracks

Charlie Fink and David Greig
The Old Vic, London and Fane at The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Oh What a Lovely War

Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast
Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Andrea Dunbar
Octagon Theatre Bolton, Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre at Octagon Theatre
(reviewer: David Chadderton)

How to be a Kid

Sarah McDonald-Hughes
A Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre production at The Lowry, The Roundabout, Little Hulton
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Out Of Love

Elinor Cook
Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre at The Lowry, The Roundabout, Little Hulton 
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Black Mountain

Brad Birch
Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre at The Lowry, The Roundabout, Little Hulton 
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding
LipService at The Lowry, Quays Theatre
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

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

Feelgood Return To Heaton Park

Feelgood Theatre Company have earned a special place in the hearts of theatre-goers over their more than twenty years of passionate theatrical excellence. Their award-winning promenade productions in Heaton Park have been especially beloved, and not simply because Caroline Clegg, the players and crew have often had to battle against trying conditions and inclement weather! This week they return after eight years to Heaton Park and Hall with their own version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and have big plans beyond that.

Kevin Bourke

Running Up That Hill

Bolton Octagon's Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, and actors Cathy Tyson and Louise Jameson are thrilled to be working on the world premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Winter Hill.

Kevin Bourke

Mirror, Mirror

Rosie Fleeshman, the youngest daughter of much-loved veterans Sue Jenkins and David Fleeshman, has written a brilliantly brave and funny one-woman show, Narcissist In The Mirror

Kevin Bourke

Ellen Kent - back in town

Ellen Kent brings popular opera to Manchester again - this time with added four-footed friends

Robert Beale

Making Contact

The newly launched Summer season at The Contact shows the theatre playing to its strengths while springing a few surprises.

David Cunningham

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