Manchester Theatre Awards

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BEST ACTOR: Kenneth Alan Taylor in The Father at Oldham Coliseum, Credit: Joel C Fildes

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.

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

Get Well Soon

Various venues
21 April 2018 to 20 October 2018

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

HOME, Manchester
10 May 2018 to 26 May 2018

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Week 53 Festival: re-exit

The Lowry, Salford
17 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

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The God Delusion

Chorlton Arts Festival
18 May 2018 to 26 May 2018

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Festival of New Writing

Stockport Garrick Theatre
20 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

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Toast

The Lowry, Salford
22 May 2018 to 02 June 2018

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Brighton Rock

The Lowry, Salford
22 May 2018 to 26 May 2018

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You've Got a Friend

The Lowry, Salford
22 May 2018 to 02 June 2018

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A Taste of Honey

Oldham Coliseum
25 May 2018 to 09 June 2018

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Happy Days

Royal Exchange Manchester
25 May 2018 to 23 June 2018

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What's on soon

Various

Palace & Opera House
26 May 2018 to 30 June 2018

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Revolting Women

Various venues
26 May 2018 to 13 October 2018

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Hacked on Classics

The Lowry Salford
28 May 2018

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The Snail and the Whale

The Lowry, Salford
30 May 2018 to 03 June 2018

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Things We Want

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
30 May 2018 to 09 June 2018

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Summer Holiday

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
31 May 2018 to 23 June 2018

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Director's Cut

The Lowry, Salford
07 June 2018 to 09 June 2018

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Charge

Salford Quays
09 June 2018

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War Horse

The Lowry
13 June 2018 to 30 June 2018

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Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie

The Lowry Salford
19 June 2018 to 23 June 2018

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Dusty: the Dusty Springfield Musical

The Lowry Salford
24 June 2018 to 29 June 2018

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Oct.O.Pus

Kings Arms, Salford
28 June 2018 to 29 June 2018

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War Horse (relaxed)

The Lowry, Salford
28 June 2018

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Things We Tell The Hours After Midnight

Salford Arts Theatre
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

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Rescued

King's Arms, Salford
03 July 2018 to 05 July 2018

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The Last Ship

The Lowry, Salford
03 July 2018 to 07 July 2018

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Mamma mia!

Palace Theatre Manchester
03 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

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Pretty Evil

53Two Manchester
04 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Love From A Stranger

The Lowry, Salford
10 July 2018 to 14 July 2018

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Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

Three Minute Theatre & Salford Arts Theatre
11 July 2018 to 21 July 2018

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Guy: GM Fringe

53Two Manchester
11 July 2018 to 13 July 2018

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Refract: 18

Waterside arts centre, Sale
19 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Refract 18

Waterside arts centre, Sale
19 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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Fame The Musical

Palace Theatre, Manchester
20 July 2018 to 28 July 2018

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A Different Way Home

Guide Bridge Theatre, Audenshaw & Kings Arms, Salford
21 July 2018 to 25 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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Bolton Octagon on the road

Various venues
01 September 2018 to 31 December 2018

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Roundabout

Ordsall Park
06 September 2018 to 09 September 2018

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Return of the Soldier/A Christmas Story the Musical

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
06 September 2018 to 01 December 2018

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Royal Exchange autumn/winter season

Royal Exchange Manchester
14 September 2018 to 02 March 2019

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Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Oldham Coliseum season 2018/19

Oldham Coliseum
24 September 2018 to 12 March 2019

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Macbeth

The Lowry, Salford
29 September 2018 to 06 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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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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Calendar Girls

The Lowry, Salford
30 October 2018 to 10 November 2018

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The Habit of Art

The Lowry, Salford
12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018

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Wicked

Manchester Palace Theatre
04 December 2018 to 05 January 2019

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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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Latest reviews

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#BeMoreMartyn 
George Costigan and Brid Ni Neachtain in Long Day's Journey Into Night
Tim Morozzo Swan Lake (Loch na hEala)
Hikikomori – The shelter
Madhouse Re:exit
Helen Murray Danny Solomon (Angel Cruz) in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Mark Russell Blood Brothers
Loop
Becky Wilkie (Irena), Helen Goalen (Olga), Abbi Greenland (Masha)
Richard Davenport

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene adapted by Bryony Lavery
York Theatre and Pilot Theatre at The Lowry, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Blood Brothers

Willy Russell
Bill Kenwright at The Palace, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Loop

Alexander Knott
BoxLess Physical Theatre at 53Two, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Three Sisters

RashDash (Helen Goalen, Abbi Greenland and Becky Wilkie) after Chekov
RashDash and Royal Exchange Theatre at The Royal Exchange, 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

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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