Manchester Theatre Awards

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Braham Murray

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

Chetham’s Library

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

Kevin Bourke and Phil Radcliffe backstage at the 2017 Manchester Theatre Awards

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

Sooha Kim as Kim with Tam  in Miss Saigon

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

Rosie Fleeshman

Rosie Fleeshman on life, ambition and millennial expectation

Rosie Fleeshman’s one woman play, Narcissist in the Mirror, wowed the MTA panel when it premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2017. A lyrical, witty and wise comedy about life, ambition and millennial expectation, Narcissist in the Mirror revealed the 25-year-old as both a writing and acting talent to watch.

Carmel Thomason

BEAUTIFUL. Bronte Barbe 'Carole King'.

Everything is Beautiful for Bronté Barbé

Seven years after reaching the finals of BBC talent show, Over the Rainbow, Bronté Barbé has found her pot of gold. She talks to Carmel Thomason about taking the lead in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, and celebrating being home for the holidays.

Carmel Thomason

Madalena Alberto as Eva Peron in musical, Evita

Madalena Alberto – returning to Evita

Actress, singer and songwriter, Madalena Alberto is a leading light in musical theatre. Embarking on a new UK tour of Evita, she talks to Carmel Thomason about returning to her acclaimed role as the controversial, Argentinian first lady, Eva Peron – 'Cinderella gone wrong'. 

Carmel Thomason