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Oh what a knight for Manchester Theatre Awards

  • Sir Antony Sher receives trophy
  • 3 awards for venue - before it opens
  • 2 big winning shows set to return
  • Stars turn out for annual ceremony

Best Actor

So, five of them, and, to be frank, any one could have received the final accolade, so closely did they run against each other in the panel’s discussions.

Best Actress

One of the year’s most memorable achievements was the Octagon’s two-hander double of Duet For One and Separation, with Clare Foster outstanding as both the cellist with multiple sclerosis (based by writer Tom Kempinski on the real life story of Jacqueline Du Pre) and a crippled actress.

What's on

Jakubiak for Fringe Festival

As part of the current Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 1121 Collective perform Jakubiak at The Kings Arms Vaults in Salford from Monday to Friday

Written by Anthony Steel and directed by Deng Maohui, it marks the third production by the theatre company after Almost the Same but Not Quite and A-Bomb on Broadway

Alphabet Girl preview at fringe

Award-winning writer Renny Krupinski, also well known as a fight director and stunt co-ordinator, returns to The Kings Arms in Salford with an Edinburgh Fringe preview of his new play Alphabet Girl next Sunday and Monday, as part of Greater Manchester Fringe

Discount Dickens on tour

From Adam Long, founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and co-creator of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) comes Dickens Abridged – a fast-paced musical comedy

Pudding it about . . .

Pudding Black is at  Salford Arts Theatre from Thursday to Saturday - a contemporary take on the classic 'whodunnit' style murder/mystery from 1956 Theatre Company

Ben & Holly head to Manchester

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom takes to the road again for a second UK & Ireland tour this year and arrives at Manchester Opera House on August 1-2

Big Three for HOME

This autumn, Cornwall-based international touring company Kneehigh, with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, begin a new tour of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), their critically-acclaimed radical reworking of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera

Family drama at the Octagon

The Octagon’s next season in Bolton launches with The Family Way, an intimate portrayal of family life written by celebrated local playwright Bill Naughton and directed by new artistic director, Elizabeth Newman

Ice duo skate into panto

Manchester Opera House has announced this year’s family pantomime Cinderella will star ices skating icons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in their panto debut as the Fairy Godparents

Moore the merrier in Manchester

Legendary film actor Sir Roger Moore is to play a series of exclusive dates one of them coming to Manchester Opera House November 9

Brian's Barnum for Lowry

Brian Conley is to be PT Barnum, in hit musical Barnum at The Lowry in Salford from August 4-8

Soccer premiere for Lowry

Manchester’s Monkeywood Theatre, in association with The Lowry, will be staging the world premiere of By Far The Greatest Team, four new stories by four Manchester writers (two United and two City fans) which will explore and celebrate what it means to be a football fan in the city

Pixie's Tiffany date at Lowry

Pop star Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly, in her theatre acting debut, in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Lowry in Salford next year

Jewish comedy's double booking

Hit Jewish comedy Mancunian Rhapsody, inspired by TV documentary Strictly Kosher, plays Manchester’s 3MT venue July 1-2 and Whitefield Garrick, Bank Street, Whitefield July 29-30

Four chosen for 24:7 weekend

After submissions, adjudications, mentoring sessions and re-drafts, Manchester’s 24:7 Big Festival Weekend have announced the four plays chosen for this year's event:

Gary – A Love Story by James Harker; Madness Sweet Madness by Georgina Tremayne; The Plant by James Kerr; and We Are The Multitude by Laura Harper

Curious set for Salford return

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to The Lowry in November

Mamma's happy returns

Mamma Mia! returns to the Palace Theatre, Manchester in 2016

Mack, Mabel and Michael Ball

Direct from its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, a major new production of classic Broadway musical Mack & Mabel will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in Autumn 2015, starring double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball as Mack Sennett and will be at Manchester Opera House, October 12-24

Ring Cycle for Lowry next year

Opera North’s highly-anticipated full performances of The Ring Cycle: Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen will come to Salford’s Lowry arts centre from June 13-18 next year

Christmas musical for Manchester

Alexandra Burke will reprise her West End starring role when the hit musical The Bodyguard comes to the Palace Theatre Manchester next December

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