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

Happy Days

Royal Exchange Manchester
25 May 2018 to 23 June 2018
(Press Night: 30 May 2018)

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Summer Holiday

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
31 May 2018 to 23 June 2018

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War Horse

Lowry, Salford
13 June 2018 to 30 June 2018

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Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie

The Lowry Salford
19 June 2018 to 23 June 2018

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Bread & Roses

Oldham Coliseum
22 June 2018 to 07 July 2018

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Cultivate

Oldham Coliseum
25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018

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Romeo & Juliet

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
25 June 2018 to 29 June 2018

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Where We Are

HOME, Manchester
27 June 2018 to 28 June 2018

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Strife In a Northern Town

53Two Manchester
28 June 2018

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Oct.O.Pus

Kings Arms, Salford
28 June 2018 to 29 June 2018

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Feed

Lowry, Salford
28 June 2018 to 29 June 2018

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War Horse (relaxed)

The Lowry, Salford
28 June 2018

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Incoming Festival

HOME, Manchester
29 June 2018 to 08 July 2018

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Greater Manchester Fringe

Various
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Jubile Debtors Club

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Things We Tell The Hours After Midnight

Salford Arts Theatre
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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Mamma mia!

Palace Theatre Manchester
03 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

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The Last Ship

The Lowry, Salford
03 July 2018 to 07 July 2018

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Rescued

King's Arms, Salford
03 July 2018 to 05 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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Love From a Stranger

Lowry, Salford
10 July 2018 to 14 July 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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The Egoist & The Agency

53Two Manchester
11 July 2018 to 13 July 2018

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Guy: GM Fringe

53Two Manchester
11 July 2018 to 13 July 2018

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18Victoria

53Two Manchester
17 July 2018 to 20 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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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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Romeo & Juliet

Heaton Park, Manchester
25 July 2018 to 12 August 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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Bolton Octagon on the road

Various venues
01 September 2018 to 31 December 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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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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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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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

Bread and Roses: Sophie Mercell, Tupele Dorgu, Emma Naomi and Oliver Wellington
Joel Chester Fildes Year of Wonders
This Is Who I Am 
Clare Barrett and Steve Blount in Minding Frankie 
Photography by adrianlangtry.com Fereshteh Mozaffari
Mark Simmons The Man on the Moor
Martin Hodgkiss The Drill
The Wasp
Thomas Dennis (Albert) & Joey. NT War Horse Tour 2017-2018.
Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoff The Nature of Forgetting
Danilo Moroni

Bread and Roses

Ian Kershaw
Oldham Coliseum at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks adapted by Mike Alfreds and Jane Arnfield
The Forge at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Minding Frankie

Shay Linehan based on a novel by Maeve Binchy
Breda Cashe at Lowry, Quays Theatre
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

The Man on the Moor

Max Dickins
Suzanna Rosenthal for Something for the Weekend at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Drill

Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens
Breach Theatre at HOME, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Wasp

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
The Theatre Collective and Hannah Ellis Ryan at Hope Mill, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

War Horse

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford
National Theatre at Lowry
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

The Nature of Forgetting

Guillaume Pigé and Theatre Re
Theatre Re at The Quays Theatre, 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)

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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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