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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 soon

& Juliet

Opera House, Manchester
10 October 2019 to 12 October 2019

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

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The Lowry, Salford
03 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Opera House, Manchester
06 December 2019 to 29 December 2019

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Lowry Salford
10 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

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The Bodyguard

Palace Theatre Manchester
10 December 2019 to 04 January 2020

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We Will Rock You

Opera House, Manchester
27 January 2020 to 08 February 2020

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Latest reviews

Kenneth Alan Taylor as Leslie in A Different Way Home
Joel Chester Fildes Jersey Boys in Manchester: (from Left) Declan Egan, Michael Watson, Peter Nash and Lewis Griffiths
Hone (Joseph Prowen) defends himself
Katie Elin-Salt in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
The Other Richard The Band at The Lowry in Salford
Matt Crockett Callum Evans as Rocky and Stephen Webb as Frank
Mark Williams as Doctor Dolittle with Polynesia the Parrot
Alastair Moir Conner McIntyre and Les Dennis as the Ugly Sisters
Phil Tragen Photography Julius D'Silva and ensemble in The Producers
Johan Persson Aaron Sidwell as Fieyro and Amy Ross as Elphaba
Photo: Matt Crockett

A Different Way Home

Jimmie Chinn
Oldham Coliseum Company at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Paul Genty)

Jersey Boys

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. Music: Bob Gaudio. Lyrics: Bob Crewe
Dodger Theatricals and Ambassador Theatre Group at Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

Trial By Laughter

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre at The Lowry
(reviewer: David Upton)

The Band

Tim Firth
David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers + Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Upton)

Doctor Dolittle the musical

Book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, based on the stories by Hugh Lofting
Produced by Music and Lyrics in association with Churchill Theatre Bromley at The Lowry
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)


Alan McHugh, with Ben Nickless and Les Dennis
Qdos productions at Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

The Producers

Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Royal Exchange, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)


Stephen Schwartz (music & lyrics), Winnie Holzman (book)
Michael McCabe at Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: Kate Goerner)

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)


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


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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