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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

Edward and Eliza and the smashing of the van

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester and various
05 October 2017 to 28 October 2017

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Up 'n' Under

Oldham Coliseum
06 October 2017 to 28 October 2017
(Press Night: 06 October 2017)

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The Snowman

Manchester Opera House
08 October 2017 to 12 November 2017

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The Value of Nothing

Various
10 October 2017 to 08 November 2017

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The Threepenny Opera

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
12 October 2017 to 04 November 2017

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Manchester PalaceTheatre
17 October 2017 to 22 October 2017
(Press Night: 17 October 2017)

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Parliament Square

Manchester Royal Exchange
18 October 2017 to 28 October 2017

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Big Imaginations Festival

Various venues
19 October 2017 to 05 November 2017

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BeMoreMartyn

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
22 October 2017 to 23 October 2017
(Press Night: 22 October 2017)

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What's on soon

Sunset Boulevard

Manchester Opera House
23 October 2017 to 04 November 2017

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Duckie

Contact Manchester
24 October 2017 to 25 October 2017
(Press Night: 24 October 2017)

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Slava's Snowshow

The Lowry Salford
24 October 2017 to 29 October 2017

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Superposition

The Lowry Salford
26 October 2017 to 27 October 2017

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This Is Not a Safe Space

Contact Manchester
27 October 2017 to 28 October 2017

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A Halloween Ghost Story

Heaton Park and Hall
28 October 2017 to 31 October 2017

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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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This Bright Field

The Lowry, Salford
31 October 2017 to 01 November 2017

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Hedda Gabler

The Lowry, Salford
31 October 2017 to 04 November 2017
(Press Night: 31 October 2017)

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Rubber Ring

The Lowry, Salford
01 November 2017 to 04 November 2017

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Jubilee

Royal Exchange Manchester
02 November 2017 to 18 November 2017

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Uncle Vanya

HOME, Manchester
03 November 2017 to 25 November 2017

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Cabaret

The Lowry
07 November 2017 to 11 November 2017

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Spamalot

Palace Theatre, Manchester
07 November 2017 to 11 November 2017

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Little Women

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
09 November 2017 to 09 December 2017

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Opera North: Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Osud, Trouble in Tahiti, Trial by Jury

The Lowry
15 November 2017 to 17 November 2017

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Cilla the Musical

Palace Theatre
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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Nativity the Musical

Manchester Palace Theatre
29 November 2017 to 03 December 2017

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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2017 to 05 January 2018

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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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Christmas at HOME

HOME, Manchester
12 December 2017 to 31 December 2017

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Palace Theatre
12 December 2017 to 06 January 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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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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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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Latest reviews

Author James Fritz
Under Glass
Tango Moderno
Hugo Glendinning David Birrell, Anna Wheatley, Robert Jackson
Richard Davenport HYENA
Days Of Wine And Roses
Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness!
Tom Barker El Cruce Sobre El Niagara 
Tamara Rojo, Jeffrey Cirio and Joseph Caley in Song of the Earth
Laurent Liotardo Dominic Gately and Alison Darling as Edward and Eliza

Parliament Square

James Fritz
Royal Exchange/Bush Theatre co-production at Royal Exchange
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Under Glass

Clod Ensemble
Clod Ensemble and Fuel at Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Tango Moderno

Karen Bruce, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace with text by Richard Marsh
Adam Spiegel at The Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Threepenny Opera

Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, music by Kurt Weill, English dialogue by Robert David MacDonald, English Lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre Bolton
(reviewer: David Chadderton)

HYENA

Fiona Thornhill, Jessica Ladley and Lil Rice
Alula Cyr and Jacksons Lane Theatre at The Compass Room, The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Days Of Wine And Roses

Owen MacCafferty from the screenplay by J P Miller
Elysium Theatre Company/Hannah Ellis Ryan at 53two,Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Debut

Marianela Boán, Justin Peck,Goyo Montero, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jorge Crecis
Acosta Danza at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Song of the Earth & La Sylphide

MacMillan & Bournonville (Mahler & Lovenskiold)
English National Ballet at The Palace, Manchester
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

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

Feelgood Return To Heaton Park

Feelgood Theatre Company have earned a special place in the hearts of theatre-goers over their more than twenty years of passionate theatrical excellence. Their award-winning promenade productions in Heaton Park have been especially beloved, and not simply because Caroline Clegg, the players and crew have often had to battle against trying conditions and inclement weather! This week they return after eight years to Heaton Park and Hall with their own version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and have big plans beyond that.

Kevin Bourke

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