Manchester Theatre Awards

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


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The Brynteg Award for Best Musical

This year’s award is sponsored by Brynteg Holiday Home Park in Snowdonia, North Wales, and it is a category that we could have genuinely filled many times over.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

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Robert Robson Award for Dance

This category – named in honour of Robert Robson, late artistic director of The Lowry, whose passion this genre was – always sets us the conundrum of comparing widely differing styles, from the ground-breaking contemporary to the stylishly classical. What earned each nomination its place this year was real theatrical excitement.

(Reporter: Robert Beale)

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Variety has been the hallmark of the operatic offer in the north west – while the difference between the programmes provided by companies with Arts Council cash behind them, and those without, have never been more pronounced.

(Reporter: Robert Beale)

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Oldham Coliseum’s The Life and Times of Mitchell & Kenyon demanded imaginative staging. These two pioneers of early movies inspired the team to magical flying effects and hilarious original footage.  

(Reporter: Diana Stenson)

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Best Newcomer

One of the joys of reviewing theatre is spotting young, talented performers who we believe deserve to go all the way in this difficult business. Many past recipients have become household names since receiving this award.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

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Best New Play

When it comes to new writing for the stage, we have an embarrassment of riches in Manchester, with new writing festival 24:7, the Bruntwood Prize, a thriving new writing scene on the fringe and plenty of visiting new plays.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

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Best Studio Production

Studio theatre offers audiences high production values and shows that may challenge and delight all at the same time. In 2014 they also demonstrated the stunning range of entertainment in Manchester.

(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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Best Fringe Production

The relationship between artists and audience in fringe theatre is close with the latter willingly suspending disbelief and employing imagination to fill in gaps caused by resource limitations.

(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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Best Studio Performance

You don’t get much lower down life's ladder than the two characters in Vivienne Franzman’s play Pests at the Royal Exchange Studio.

(Reporter: David Upton)

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Best Fringe Performance

It’s a measure of the passion that powers Greater Manchester’s fringe theatre scene that sometimes all it takes to make a truly memorable theatrical experience is a sharp script, a few props, and a room in a pub – oh, and a great performance.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)