Manchester Theatre Awards

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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

Theo Ogundipe (top) and Paterson Joseph in Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar in Africa

The RSC"s brilliant new production of Julius Caesar sets Shakespeare's great political play in an unidentified African state at some time in the last fifty years and cast with Black British actors. We ask the RSC's Chief Associate Director Greg Doran what the play gains from this new setting.

Kevin Bourke

Gin And Chronic Arthritis from MaD Theatre Company

MaD For It

MaD Theatre Company aim their shows at audiences who would ordinarily be "more likely to go to a football match or watch a band". Their latest Gin & Chronic Arthritis might be the first to bring them a national audience.

Kevin Bourke

Korea's EDx2 Dance Company in Dies de Dansa

Dancing In The Streets

There'll be dancing in the streets as well as on trains and automobiles (sadly not planes, this time at least), as dozens of dance companies from all over Europe and the UK, even several from Korea, hit their marks at this year's Urban Moves free festival in Bury, Bolton, Salford and Manchester's Castlefield from July 26. 

Kevin Bourke