Manchester Theatre Awards

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The curtain has been rung down on the annual Manchester Theatre Awards.


(Reporter: David Upton)

BEST ACTOR: Kenneth Alan Taylor in The Father at Oldham Coliseum

Manchester Theatre Awards 2017 revealed

The Manchester Theatre Awards, for theatre seen in and around Manchester during 2017, were handed out at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

Julie Hesmondhalgh: leading actress

Manchester Theatre Award winners 2016

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre had a bumper haul of trophies from the Manchester Theatre Awards for 2016, revealed at a star-studded event at the city’s HOME venue.

(Reporter: David Upton)

Daniel Rigby in Breaking The Code

Actor in a leading role

Three of the panel’s most admired performances this year came from actors breathing new life into classic, but always daunting, roles.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

Julie Hesmondhalgh in Wit

Actress in a leading role

The past few years have seen an increasing number of strong female roles on the Manchester stage and as a panel we’ve seen this reflected in the incredible talent showcased in this category.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

Breaking The Code


In a year blessed with so many outstanding productions, the final quartet on our short list turned out to be equally divided between two of our major players.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

Daniel Crossley

Actor in a supporting role

Daniel Crossley’s Oscar Lindquist, who married humour with tenderness and authenticity, brought the Royal Exchange’s Sweet Charity full circle.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

Natalie Dew

Actress in a supporting role

As the fictional Pat Green (based on a couple of real people). Natalie Dew gave a warm and tender performance of a character destined for disappointment in the Royal Exchange’s Breaking the Code

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

The James Plays

Visiting Production

The James Plays at The Lowry arrived trailing clouds of glorious reviews but it was its breathtaking scale and brilliance that wowed the panel.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

Rufus Hound in Wind In The Willows

Actor in a Visiting Production

This is one of those curious awards that can really mix things up: famous household names against newcomers; Shakespearean comedians against song and dance energy

(Reporter: Paul Genty)