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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

Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre Manchester
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Death of a Salesman

Royal Exchange Manchester
11 October 2018 to 17 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 Political History of Smack and Crack

Mustard Tree, Ancoats
01 November 2018 to 15 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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Opera North

The Lowry Salford
14 November 2018 to 17 November 2018

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Gary Delaney

The Lowry Salford
15 November 2018 to 22 November 2018

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The Cycle

Kings Arms Salford
15 November 2018

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The Maids

HOME, Manchester
16 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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JB Shorts 20

53Two Manchester
20 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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Off The Grid

Waterside arts centre, Sale
20 November 2018

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The Last 5 Years

Albert Halls Bolton
21 November 2018 to 23 November 2018

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#JeSuis

The Lowry Salford
26 November 2018

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Proof

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
27 November 2018 to 02 December 2018

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First Time

Waterside arts centre, Sale
29 November 2018 to 01 December 2018

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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

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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SIX

The Lowry Salford
04 December 2018 to 16 December 2018

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Cinderella

Opera House, Manchester
08 December 2018 to 30 December 2018

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The Forest of Forgotten Discos

Hope Mill Theatre Manchester
11 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

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Doctor Dolittle

The Lowry, Salford
11 December 2018 to 05 January 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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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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Jersey Boys

Palace Theatre
29 January 2019 to 16 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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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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Manchester International Festival

Various venues
04 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Palace Theatre Manchester
25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019

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Shechter II in Show
Rahi Rezvani Charles Lawson as Rebus
Putting It Together
Phil Tragen Birmingham Royal Ballet in La Fille Mal Gardée
Birmingham Royal Ballet Victor Oshin (Othello) and Kitty Archer (Desdemona)
Helen Murray English National Ballet in Manon
Patrick Baldwin Death of a Salesman: Don Warrington (Willy Loman), Maureen Beattie (Linda Loman) 
Johan Persson Clod Ensemble in Placebo
Camilla Greenwell Rambert Dance in Life is a Dream
Stephen Wright Tosca - Robert Hayward as Scarpia and cast
Richard H Smith

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)

La Fille Mal Gardée

Frederick Ashton
Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Othello

William Shakespeare
English Touring Theatre at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Manon

Kenneth MacMillan
English National Ballet at Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller
Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange, Manchester
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Placebo

Clod Ensemble
Clod Ensemble at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Life is a Dream

Kim Brandstrup
Rambert Dance at The Lowry
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Tosca

Giacoso, Illica, Puccini
Opera North at Leeds Grand - and The Lowry 14th and 16th November
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

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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