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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

Concert performances

Royal Exchange Manchester
02 September 2018 to 23 September 2018

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othellomacbeth

HOME, Manchester
14 September 2018 to 29 September 2018

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Queen Margaret

Royal Exchange Manchester
14 September 2018 to 06 October 2018

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Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Blue Remembered Hills

Salford Arts Theatre
19 September 2018 to 29 September 2018

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Ignite

INTU Trafford Centre
21 September 2018 to 23 September 2018

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Quest

The Lowry Salford
23 September 2018

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Oldham Coliseum season 2018/19

Oldham Coliseum
24 September 2018 to 12 March 2019

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Rock Of Ages

Opera House, Manchester
25 September 2018 to 29 September 2018

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The Effect

Oldham Coliseum
25 September 2018 to 27 September 2018

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Salad Days

The Lowry, Salford
25 September 2018 to 29 September 2018

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If I Should Fall

Various venues
27 September 2018 to 30 October 2018

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Summit

John Thaw Theatre, University of Manchester
27 September 2018

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Future Bodies

HOME, Manchester
28 September 2018 to 13 October 2018

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Double Bill at 53Two

Oldham Coliseum
28 September 2018

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Macbeth

The Lowry, Salford
29 September 2018 to 06 October 2018

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Hope Mill Theatre Birthday

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
02 October 2018 to 05 October 2018

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The 19th Emergency

Z Arts Manchester
06 October 2018

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Cirkopolis

Opera House, Manchester
06 October 2018

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Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical

Opera House, Manchester
09 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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Death of a Salesman

Royal Exchange Manchester
11 October 2018 to 17 November 2018

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Lisa Pulman Sings Streisand

Bolton Albert Halls
11 October 2018

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Placebo

The Lowry Salford
11 October 2018 to 13 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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Putting It Together

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
24 October 2018 to 24 November 2018

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The Mysteries

Royal Exchange Manchester
25 October 2018 to 11 November 2018

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Lowry, Salford
28 October 2018

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Calendar Girls

The Lowry, Salford
30 October 2018 to 10 November 2018

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Rebus: Long Shadows

Opera House, Manchester
30 October 2018 to 03 November 2018

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MIF & Warehouse Project

Mayfield, Manchester
05 November 2018 to 10 November 2018

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Cinderella

Oldham Coliseum
10 November 2018 to 12 January 2019

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The Habit of Art

The Lowry Salford
12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018

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Kinky Boots

Opera House, Manchester
12 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

The Lowry Salford
20 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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The Last 5 Years

Albert Halls Bolton
21 November 2018 to 23 November 2018

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First Time

Waterside arts centre, Sale
29 November 2018 to 01 December 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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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

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Latest reviews

Craige Els as Miss Trunchbull
Manuel Harlan Kirsten Foster, a witch; Sandy Grierson, Macbeth and Caroline Faber, Lady Macbeth
Helen Murray Eileen Battye as  Jessica, Christopher Godwin as Algy
Tony Bartholomew Chris Jenkins (Christopher) and Esme Sears (Jenny)
Phil Tragen Closets
Tipping Point
Mark Dawson A Dance in the Dark
Wendy to the Waterfall
Powerhouse Town
Fame

Matilda The Musical

Book: Dennis Kelly Music & lyrics: Tim Minchin
Royal Shakespeare Company at Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

Othellomacbeth

William Shakespeare
HOME and Lyric Hammersmith at HOME, Manchester
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Better Off Dead

Alan Ayckbourn
Stephen Joseph Theatre Company at The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

The Return Of The Soldier

Book and lyrics by Tim Sanders, music by Charles Miller, from the novel by Rebecca West
Hope Mill Theatre at Hope Mill
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Closets

Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely with music by Ashley M A Walsh and lyrics by the authors and Jack Bennetts
Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely with Supurbia Manchester Pride at Hope Mill, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Tipping Point/ Switch

The Companies and Charlotte Mooney and Tina Koch
Ockham’s Razor, Contact and Turtle Key Arts at Contact at Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

A Dance in the Dark

Alun Howell
Studio 63 Productions at Footlights Theatre, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Fame

David De Silva (concept), Jose Fernandez (book), Jacques Levy (lyrics) and Steve Margoshes (music)
Selladoor Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Dan Looney & Adam Paulden, Stephen McGill Productions and Jason Haigh-Ellery,Big Dreamer Productions, BrightLights Productions and Ian Melding at The Palace, Manchester
(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)

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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