Manchester Theatre Awards

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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

Cush Jumbo in As You Like It at the Royal Exchange

Big and bold at Royal Exchange

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has unveiled a “bold and dynamic programme” for their Spring / Summer 2013 season.

David Upton

A Brass Band Welcome

Curtain Up at the Coliseum

Oldham Coliseum reopened its doors at the weekend after a 10-month, £1.5 million refurbishment. The opening galas featured local stars and theatre favourites and were warmly received by all. Welcome back, Colly...

Paul Genty

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre

New artistic directions around Manchester

The Royal Exchange in Manchester has announced plans for a new artistic direction, while the city’s Contact venue is set to bid farewell to its artistic director.

David Upton

Manchester Theatre Awards article

Make yourself at Home

Manchester’s brand-new production centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, formed by the merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company and based at First Street has already been making a name for itself

David Upton