Manchester Theatre Awards

> Independent informed reviews by the region’s most experienced critics


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Studio Production

Joseph Wilde’s Cuddles explored the fear of change and the difficulty of caring for an addict in a darkly funny manner with a pair of superb performances.


(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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Fringe Production

Author Laura Harper found humour in two people defensively coping with their unpopularity and loneliness. We are The Multitude was a sparkling comedy of modern manners and social observation.

(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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As far as the major receiving houses are concerned, the criticism that regional theatre is relying too heavily on blockbuster musicals is unarguably true but it undoubtedly makes for some highly enjoyable nights out. And gone are the days where the shows on tour were a pale imitation of the originals. All four here are of the very highest standards, in both performance and production.

(Reporter: Alan Hulme)

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From the range and strength of nominees in this category it is clear why dance has a strong and growing audience in Manchester.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

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This was a year in which each of our candidates for honours distinguished themselves, making the final choice a particularly difficult one.


(Reporter: Robert Beale)

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An impressive choice of international nominations this year, German/American, Greek, Finnish, Polish.

(Reporter: Diana Stenson)

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New Play

We’ve long known that Maxine Peake is a brilliant actress, as demonstrated by this year’s nominations and previous accolades. But who knew she would be a fine writer too?

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

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Special Entertainment

The very nature of this award, designed to honour work that doesn’t naturally fall into any other award category, means that it was a very diverse selection of shows that made it to the final four.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

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Youth Panel award

After another year of consistently quality-driven, diverse and enjoyable youth theatre, the Youth Panel commend all the young companies who worked so hard to entertain the people of Manchester, express themselves and develop their craft in 2015.

(Reporter: Lizz Clark)

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Special Achievement Award

It’s said you never get a second chance to make a first impression but the recipient of this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards Special Achievement honour proves otherwise – several times over!

(Reporter: David Upton)