Manchester Theatre Awards

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Patrick Barlow

"Am I right, sir?"

The 39 Steps, still packing them in at the Opera House and all over the world, might be one of the most unlikely stage successes of the decade. We talk to its adapter Patrick Barlow.

Kevin Bourke

Max Webster

The Max Factor

How do you make To Kill A Mockingbird at the Royal Exchange relevant for a contemporary audience and for those who grew up loving the book?

Kevin Bourke

How the new theatre (left) should look, alongside the old library.

Oldham Coliseum's £5million offer

Oldham Coliseum could be moving house in the next five to 10 years: the Arts Council is offering £5million towards the cost of building a new theatre

Paul Genty

Fiona Gasper, Sarah Frankcom, Greg Hersov

Evolving revolution at the Exchange

Revolution rather than evolution seems to be the message – though looking at the new season, evolution looks somewhat to the fore. Whatever, changes are definitely underway at the Royal Exchange, and about time too, some might say.

Alan Hulme

Carol Ann Duffy's RATS' TALES

Hot Rats

Melly Still, the director of this year's Royal Exchange Christmas show, Carol Ann Duffy's Rats' Tales, explains how fairy tales, poetry, dreams and much-maligned rodents are at the heart of this family show

Kevin Bourke

Amy Leach, directing Arabian Nights

Myth, Magic And A Merry Christmas

This year’s Christmas production from the Library Theatre Company at The Lowry is their version of the Arabian Nights. Award-winning director Amy Leach tells us why the tales have lived in all our imaginations for hundreds of years and are still relevant today.

Kevin Bourke

Walter Meierjohann

Home run for city's new theatre director

A new artistic director of theatre for Home, the organisation formed from the merger of Manchester's Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company has been announced.

David Upton