Manchester Theatre Awards

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THE FINAL CURTAIN

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 now

Cinderella

Oldham Coliseum
10 November 2018 to 12 January 2019

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The Producers

Royal Exchange Manchester
30 November 2018 to 26 January 2019

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Stick Man

The Lowry Salford
01 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

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Wicked

Palace Theatre Manchester
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

University of Bolton Stadium
04 December 2018 to 31 December 2018

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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 Forest of Forgotten Discos

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
11 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

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Sleepyhead

Royal Exchange Manchester
13 December 2018 to 31 December 2019

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White

HOME, Manchester
13 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

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Slapstick

HOME, Manchester
13 December 2018 to 22 December 2018

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Little Gift

The Lowry Salford
18 December 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Eric & Little Ern

The Lowry Salford
18 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

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The Rocky Horror Show

Opera House, Manchester
09 January 2019 to 26 January 2019

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PUSH Festival

HOME, Manchester
11 January 2019 to 26 January 2019

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Bing & Friends

The Lowry, Salford
12 January 2019 to 13 January 2019

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The Band

The Lowry, Salford
16 January 2019 to 26 January 2019

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Club Mex

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
17 January 2019 to 10 February 2019

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Some Guys Have All The Luck

Stockport Plaza
18 January 2019

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Albert Halls, Bolton
24 January 2019 to 02 February 2019

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Jersey Boys

Palace Theatre
29 January 2019 to 16 February 2019

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A Different Way Home

Oldham Coliseum
31 January 2019 to 09 February 2019

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Spring season

Royal Exchange Manchester
01 February 2019 to 30 June 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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In The Night Garden Live

The Lowry Salford
28 February 2019 to 03 March 2019

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Rags

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
02 March 2019 to 16 March 2019

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Glengarry Glen Ross

Opera House, Manchester
25 March 2019 to 30 March 2019

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The Girl On The Train

The Lowry Salford
01 April 2019 to 06 April 2019

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The House On Cold Hill

Opera House, Manchester
13 May 2019 to 18 May 2019

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Little Miss Sunshine

The Lowry Salford
27 May 2019 to 01 June 2019

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Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

The Lowry Salford
11 June 2019 to 15 June 2019

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Manchester International Festival

Various venues
04 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

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Red Dust Road

HOME, Manchester
01 September 2019 to 14 September 2019

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

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SIX

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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The Bodyguard

Palace Theatre Manchester
10 December 2019 to 04 January 2020

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Lowry Salford
10 December 2019 to 05 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

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 
Jake Fairbrother and Luke Mullins as The Maids
Jonathan Keenan The Habit of Art - Matthew Kelly, David Yelland, with John Wark and Alexandra Guelff
The Original Theatre Company Shechter II in Show
Rahi Rezvani Charles Lawson as Rebus
Putting It Together
Phil Tragen

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)

Cinderella

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)

Wicked

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

Proof

David Auburn
Hope Mill Theatre Company at Hope Mill
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

The Maids

Jean Genet
HOME, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

The Habit of Art

Alan Bennett
The Original Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal and Ghost Light Theatre Productions at Quays Theatre, The Lowry
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Show

Hofesh Shechter
Shechter II at HOME
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Rebus: Long Shadows

Ian Rankin and Rona Munro
Birmingham Rep at Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Putting It Together

Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre & Neil Eckersley at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

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)

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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