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

Miss Saigon

Palace Theatre, Manchester
21 March 2018 to 12 May 2018

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Fake News

The Kings Arms, Salford
18 April 2018 to 28 April 2018

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The Big Corner

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
19 April 2018 to 05 May 2018

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The Cherry Orchard

Royal Exchange Manchester
19 April 2018 to 19 May 2018

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Relatively Speaking

Oldham Coliseum
20 April 2018 to 05 May 2018

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Corrido de le Sangre

HOME, Manchester
20 April 2018 to 05 May 2018

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Get Well Soon

Various venues
21 April 2018 to 20 October 2018

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REVEAL festival

Bolton Octagon
23 April 2018 to 04 May 2018

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JB Shorts 19

53Two Manchester
24 April 2018 to 05 May 2018

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This House

The Lowry, Salford
24 April 2018 to 28 April 2018

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Trial

Bolton Town Hall
26 April 2018 to 28 April 2018

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Nightclubbing

The Lowry, Salford
26 April 2018 to 27 April 2018

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Shoefiti

Salford Arts Theatre
28 April 2018

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Swan lake: My First Ballet

Opera House, Manchester
28 April 2018 to 29 April 2018

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Kindertransport

Opera House, Manchester
01 May 2018 to 05 May 2018

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The Jungle Book

The Lowry, Salford
02 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

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DollyWould

HOME, Manchester
03 May 2018 to 05 May 2018

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Sinergia

The Lowry, Salford
07 May 2018

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Titanic the Musical

The Lowry, Salford
07 May 2018 to 12 May 2018

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LOOP

53Two Manchester
08 May 2018 to 12 May 2018

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

HOME, Manchester
10 May 2018 to 26 May 2018

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MARVELus

Waterside arts centre, Sale
11 May 2018 to 12 May 2018

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Jesus Hopped The A Train

HOME, Manchester
16 May 2018 to 19 May 2018

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Week 53 Festival

The Lowry, Salford
17 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

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Seven Inch

The Lowry Salford
17 May 2018 to 25 April 2018

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The God Delusion

Chorlton Arts Festival
18 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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Brighton Rock

The Lowry, Salford
22 May 2018 to 26 May 2018

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Toast

The Lowry, Salford
22 May 2018 to 02 June 2018

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Happy Days

Royal Exchange Manchester
25 May 2018 to 23 June 2018

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Revolting Women

Various venues
26 May 2018 to 13 October 2018

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Summer Holiday

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
31 May 2018 to 23 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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Dusty: the Dusty Springfield the 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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The Last Ship

The Lowry, Salford
03 July 2018 to 07 July 2018

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Love From A Stranger

The Lowry, Salford
10 July 2018 to 14 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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An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical

Opera House, Manchester
13 August 2018 to 18 August 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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Matilda The Musical

Palace Theatre
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018

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Macbeth

The Lowry, Salford
29 September 2018 to 06 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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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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Motown the Musical

Opera House, Manchester
26 February 2019 to 23 March 2019

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Latest reviews

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Joel Chester Fildes Lia Williams (Mary Stuart) and Juliet Stevenson (Elizabeth) in Mary Stuart  
Manuel Harlan I’m Frank Morgan: Rewired
Marcelo Vallejo
Tristram Kenton Christian Edwards and Ciaran Griffiths
The Little Mermaid
Aden Gillett and Misha Butler
Alastair Muir The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk
Birdsong
Darragh Cowley as Melchior
Scott Rylander

Mary Stuart

Written by Friedrich Schiller and adapted by Robert Icke
Almeida West End at Lowry Lyric Theatre
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

Minefield

Lola Arias
LIFT at HOME, Manchester
(reviewer: David Murray)

All I See Is You

Kathrine Smith
Octagon Theatre at Octagon Theatre, Bolton
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Little Mermaid

Book, Lyrics and Additional Song Melodies, Poppy Burton-Morgan
Metta at Lowry, Quays Theatre
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

The Winslow Boy

Terence Rattigan
Birmingham Repertory Theatre at The Lowry
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Birdsong

Rachel Wagstaff
Birdsong Productions Ltd with the Original Theatre Company at The Lowry Salford
(reviewer: Diana Stenson)

Spring Awakening

Book and lyrics Steven Sater, music Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Hope Mill Theatre at
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

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)

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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

Child stars sought for Miss Saigon

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of legendary musical Miss Saigon is looking for boys or girls to play the role of Tam when the show runs at Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton

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