Manchester Theatre Awards

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Commemorating The Somme

The national commemoration of the Battle of The Somme, the First World War clash that cost a million lives, will be in Manchester on July 1 and you can help.

Kevin Bourke

Mercè Ribot

Rocking out at the Viva! Festival

The Viva! Festival at HOME gives audiences the chance to check out the development of a hybrid type of theatre. 

David Cunningham

The Contact Theatre

Making 'Contact' : The Contact Theatre's new season is launched

The 2014/15 season was a great success for Manchester’s Contact Theatre with increased attendance, shows undertaking national tours and international and television versions promised for the future. Can the New Year build on the success?

David Cunningham

Julie Hesmondhalgh in Talking Down by Ian Kershaw

Mind The Gap

These might seem to be golden years for Manchester theatre, with a thriving Fringe, big touring shows, an international festival and flagship venues where there might once have only been tired rep companies plying their Ayckbourn or Coward. But are we too smug? Is there a whole level missing? Do we need to bridge that gap?

Kevin Bourke

Mark Billingham, Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish in The Other Half

The Other Half - A Picture from Life's Other Side

Is it theatre? Is it a music gig from My Darling Clementine. the land's premier nuevo-retro country duo? Is it top-selling crime author Mark Billingham reading a brand-new story? The Other Half is all of the above and more...

Kevin Bourke

The cast of By Far The Greatest Team

By Far the Greatest

Football has united and divided communities for decades. But the experience of supporting a team and the thrill of a match has rarely been captured on stage. That's something the MTA-winning Monkeywood Theatre Company are determined to address.

Kevin Bourke

Martha Leebolt as Julia in 1984

Watching Big Brother Watching You

You might imagine a dance version of Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was impossible. Northern Ballet (double)think differently...

Kevin Bourke

Best New Writing winner Le Grand Return, by Alan Stockdill

Fringe Firsts

This year's Greater Manchester Fringe Festival was another triumph of talent, determination and derring-do

Kevin Bourke