Manchester Theatre Awards

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Rufus Hound

Hound takes over as One Man

Actor, stand-up comedian and presenter Rufus Hound will lead the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors, when it arrives at The Lowry in Salford in the New Year.

David Upton


Everything you know - in a box

Salford based Quarantine is making an innovative knowledge-sharing project with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

David Upton

New Library Theatre / Cornerhouse building

Library & Cornerhouse go-ahead

Proposals for a new arts and leisure cultural destination at the 20-acre First Street site have been approved by Manchester City Council.

David Upton

Gary Lagden and Darren Lawrence in A Thousand Slimy Things

Slime after Slime

Tangere Arts' productions of Tasty Tales, Hood In The Wood and Tin Soldier, all penned by the late Noel Greig, have all proved well deserved popular successes at the Exchange Studio over the last couple of years. Now they've turned their talents to changing Coleridge's  The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner into A Thousand Slimy Things, a performance aimed at "all brave souls over nine years old". It stopped Kevin Bourke in his tracks.

Kevin Bourke

Surreal: Andrea Ashworth

Once Again In A House On Fire

Monkeywood Theatre's Once In A House On Fire is based on Andrea Ashworth's best-selling memoir, a compelling, inspiring, vibrant, truthful and moving story of sisters, survival and growing up, in '70s Manchester. Kevin Bourke talks exclusively to Ashworth in Los Angeles.

Kevin Bourke

24:7 Theatre Festival

Changes on the city's fringe

There are comings and goings on the Manchester theatre fringe, while one of the city's stalwart festivals goes from strength to strength.

David Upton

Annie Lennox performs at The Lowry in Salford

Annie in the House

The boundaries between theatre, performance and several other branches of the arts are purposefully blurred by an exhibition currently staged at the Lowry in Salford.

David Upton

Thought process: a scene from the Octagon production

Public Thoughts

David Lodge, whose Secret Thoughts was winner of Best New Play in the Manchester Theatre Awards, reflects on the strange path taken from page to stage.

Kevin Bourke

Perry Fitzpatrick as Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night Sunday Morning at Manchester Royal Exchange

Sillitoe's legacy - a personal note

The imminence of Matthew Dunster's new stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's first novel, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, stirs the memory of a veteran journalist.

Philip Radcliffe