Manchester Theatre Awards

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Lizz Clark (left) from the Youth Panel presented their trophy

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)

David Thacker

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)

Sir Antony Sher with his MTA trophy

The Manchester Theatre Awards 2014

  • Sir Antony Sher received trophy
  • 3 awards for venue - before it opened
  • 2 big winning shows vow to return
  • Stars turn out for annual ceremony
(Reporter: David Upton)

Harry McEntire as Billy Fisher in Billy Liar

Best Actor

So, five of them, and, to be frank, any one could have received the final accolade, so closely did they run against each other in the panel’s discussions.

(Reporter: Alan Hulme)

Best Actress - Clare Foster, presented with her award by Ian Puleston-Davies

Best Actress

One of the year’s most memorable achievements was the Octagon’s two-hander double of Duet For One and Separation, with Clare Foster outstanding as both the cellist with multiple sclerosis (based by writer Tom Kempinski on the real life story of Jacqueline Du Pre) and a crippled actress.

(Reporter: Alan Hulme)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Gillian Bevan, presented with her award by David Fleeshman

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The panel did not have to travel too far to find its contenders in this category - all four appeared in Royal Exchange productions . . . two of them from the same play.

(Reporter: David Upton)

Antony Sher in Henry IV

Best Actor in a Visiting Production

Joshua Jenkins brought the theatrical year to a memorable close as Christopher in Visiting Production winner The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)