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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.

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

Who Cares

Various venues
30 October 2017 to 05 December 2017

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Kings Arms, Salford
31 October 2017 to 25 November 2017

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Uncle Vanya

HOME, Manchester
03 November 2017 to 25 November 2017
(Press Night: 08 November 2017)

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Little Women

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
09 November 2017 to 09 December 2017
(Press Night: 15 November 2017)

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Dick Whittington

Oldham Coliseum
11 November 2017 to 13 January 2018
(Press Night: 11 November 2017)

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Cilla the Musical

Palace Theatre
21 November 2017 to 25 November 2017
(Press Night: 21 November 2017)

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Man on the Moon

Contact
21 November 2017 to 25 November 2017

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Noir

The Kings Arms, Salford
22 November 2017 to 02 December 2017

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The Head Wrap Diaries

Contact Manchester
22 November 2017 to 23 November 2017
(Press Night: 22 November 2017)

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What's on soon

Pen:Chant

HOME, Manchester
24 November 2017 to 25 November 2017
(Press Night: 24 November 2017)

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Re-Member Me

Contact Manchester
28 November 2017 to 29 November 2017
(Press Night: 28 November 2017)

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Nativity the Musical

Manchester Palace Theatre
29 November 2017 to 03 December 2017
(Press Night: 29 November 2017)

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Around The World in 80 Days

The Lowry Salford
05 December 2017 to 07 January 2018
(Press Night: 05 December 2017)

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Massenet’s Cinderella

Royal Northern College of Music
06 December 2017 to 16 December 2017

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The Bear by Raymond Briggs

Waterside Arts Centre
07 December 2017 to 06 January 2018
(Press Night: 07 December 2017)

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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
12 December 2017 to 06 January 2018
(Press Night: 12 December 2017)

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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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Flashdance the Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
12 February 2018 to 17 February 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
(Press Night: 03 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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Jersey Boys

Palace Theatre
29 January 2019 to 16 February 2019

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Latest reviews


A Christmas Carol
Richard Davenport Trouble in Tahiti -Joseph Shovelton, Fflur Wyn and Nicholas Butterfield as the Trio with Quirijn de Lang as Sam, Charlie Southby as Junior and Wallis Giunta as Dinah
Alastair Muir L'enfant et les sortilèges- Wallis Giunta as the Child and Fflur Wyn as the Princess
Tristram Kenton Katie-Marie Carter as Amy, Jemima Watling as Meg and Cathy Read as Beth in Little Women
Anthony Robling Richard Burkhard as Tonio, Peter Auty as Canio, Elin Pritchard as Nedda and members of the Chorus of Opera North
Tristram Kenton 
Shorelle Hepkin as Alice Fitzwarren, Fine Time Fontayne as Sarah Suet, Nina Shadi as Dick Whittington and Miley Rose as Tom the Cat
Joel C Fildes You've Changed
Cast of The Snowman in The Snowman
Tristram Kenton

Cilla The Musical

Jeff Pope
Bill Kenwright production at Palace
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens adapted by Neil Duffield
Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Octagon Theatre, Bolton
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Little Women - The Musical

Book by Allan Knee. Music by Jason Howland. Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Knockhardy Productions at Hope Mill Theatre
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

JB Shorts

Peter Kerry, James Quinn, Peter Bowker, Lindsay Williams, Jan McVerry, Dave Simpson, Diane Whitley, Trevor Suthers.
Real Life Theatre Company at 53two
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

Dick Whittington

Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw
Oldham Coliseum Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
(reviewer: David Chadderton)

You've Changed

Kate O'Donnell
Trans Creative and Contact at The Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Snowman

Howard Blake, Bill Alexander and Robert North
Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Opera House
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

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

The Curious Incident Of The Satirical Newspaper In Wartime

It's hard to believe there were many laughs to be had amidst the killing fields of The Somme. But for two years The Wipers Times, a satirical newspaper produced on an abandoned printing press found in a bombed out building in the Belgian town of Ypres, was a huge hit with the soldiers. Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and Spitting Image writer Nick Newman tell the remarkable story in a new drama heading to the Opera House.

Kevin Bourke

Pantomime FX

Special effects wizards Twins FX are gearing up to inject their magic into this year's Opera House pantomime.

Alan Hulme

La Bayadère Radically Reimagined At The Lowry

Brilliant choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh has collaborated with designer Tom Piper of the famous Blood-Swept Lands And Seas Of Red Poppy installation at the Tower of London, to radically rework and rethink classical ballet La Bayadère at The Lowry

Kevin Bourke

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