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

Manchester Theatre Awards nominations announced

Nominations have been announced for the Manchester Theatre Awards for theatre seen in and around Manchester during 2017, to be held at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

Manchester Theatre Awards to be held on Friday 9 March 2018 at The Lowry

The Manchester Theatre Awards will be held at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March next year, 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 now

Guys And Dolls

Royal Exchange Manchester
01 December 2017 to 27 January 2018

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The Manchester Project

HOME, Manchester
13 January 2018 to 27 January 2018

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Jane Eyre

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
18 January 2018 to 10 February 2018

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The ToyBoy Diaries

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
18 January 2018 to 10 February 2018

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Black Men Walking

Royal Exchange Manchester
18 January 2018 to 03 February 2018

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What's on soon

The Weir

The Lowry, Salford
23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018
(Press Night: 23 January 2018)

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Hamlet

The Lowry, Salford
26 January 2018 to 03 February 2018
(Press Night: 30 January 2018)

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Various shows

Z-Arts Manchester
27 January 2018 to 25 February 2018

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Queer Contact Festival 2018

Contact Manchester
27 January 2018 to 25 February 2018

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Nina - a story about me and Nina Simone

Lowry, Salford
30 January 2018 to 03 February 2018
(Press Night: 30 January 2018)

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KODO

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
02 February 2018
(Press Night: 02 February 2018)

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Strangers On a Train

Manchester Opera House
05 February 2018 to 10 February 2018
(Press Night: 05 February 2018)

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The Kitchen Sink

Oldham Coliseum
09 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

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The Almighty Sometimes

Royal Exchange Manchester
09 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

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Flashdance the Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
12 February 2018 to 17 February 2018

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Teddy

The Lowry, Salford
13 February 2018 to 17 February 2018
(Press Night: 13 February 2018)

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The Newspaper Boy

53Two Manchester
13 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

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Hamlet

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
15 February 2018 to 10 March 2018

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George's Marvellous Medicine

The Lowry, Salford
20 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

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Hard Times

The Lowry, Salford
06 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
(Press Night: 06 March 2018)

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Opera House, Manchester
13 March 2018 to 17 March 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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The Last Ship

The Lowry, Salford
03 July 2018 to 07 July 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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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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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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Latest reviews

Shrek
Poster for The Manchester Project 
Poster for Rachel
Hollie Steel
A Christmas Carol
The Gruffalo
A Christmas Carol
Eliza Boom, Rebecca Barry, Lucy Vallis and chorus in the RNCM's Cendrillon
Robert Workman Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Shrek

William Steig, adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music)
Dreamworks, Neal Street, Playful, Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner. Gavin Kalin, Lee Menzines, Glass Half Full/Just for a Laugh and Mark Cartwright at The Palace, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Rachel

Stevie Helps
New Live Theatre Company and Stevie Helps Theatre Productions at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

A Dinner Engagement

Paul Dehn, Lennox Berkeley
Manchester Opera Ensemble at Manchester Central Library
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens adapted by Olivia Race
Alice Barber and Olivia Race for Front Room Productions at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Gruffalo

Music and Lyrics by Jon Fibre, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Prince and Andy Shaw. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Tall Stories at Lowry, Quays Theatre
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

A Christmas Carol

The MAP Rep Company
The MAP Rep Company at 53two, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Henri Cain and Jules Massenet
Royal Northern College of Music at RNCM
(reviewer: Robert Hamilton)

Beautiful –The Carole King Musical

Book by Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and  Cynthia Weil
Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner, in association with Michael Harrison at The Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

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

Child stars sought for Miss Saigon

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of legendary musical Miss Saigon is looking for boys or girls to play the role of Tam when the show runs at Manchester Palace Theatre.

 

David Upton

Rosie Fleeshman on life, ambition and millennial expectation

Rosie Fleeshman’s one woman play, Narcissist in the Mirror, wowed the MTA panel when it premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2017. A lyrical, witty and wise comedy about life, ambition and millennial expectation, Narcissist in the Mirror revealed the 25-year-old as both a writing and acting talent to watch.

Carmel Thomason

Everything is Beautiful for Bronté Barbé

Seven years after reaching the finals of BBC talent show, Over the Rainbow, Bronté Barbé has found her pot of gold. She talks to Carmel Thomason about taking the lead in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, and celebrating being home for the holidays.

Carmel Thomason

Madalena Alberto – returning to Evita

Actress, singer and songwriter, Madalena Alberto is a leading light in musical theatre. Embarking on a new UK tour of Evita, she talks to Carmel Thomason about returning to her acclaimed role as the controversial, Argentinian first lady, Eva Peron – 'Cinderella gone wrong'. 

Carmel Thomason

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