Manchester Theatre Awards

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


Sir Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth

Best Actor

The sheer breadth and scale of performance available exclusively to Manchester audiences is evident in these nominations.

(Reporter: David Upton)

Cush Jumbo collects the Best Actress trophy

Best Actress

The winner this time first attracted the panel’s attention for earlier appearances at the same theatre and proves that third time is indeed lucky.

(Reporter: David Upton)

Ray Fearon, winner of Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Last year he won Best Actor In A Visiting Production, and said he would be more than pleased to return to the event . . . little suspecting how soon that might be.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

Veteran actor Julian Glover picks up his Best Actor in a Visiting Production trophy

Best Actor in a Visiting Production

A beautifully subtle and immensely moving performance – in itself more than justifying the experiment to use the Opera House for straight plays.

(Reporter: Alan Hulme)

Alex Poots from Manchester International Festival collects the Best Production trophy on behalf of Macbeth

Best Production

The strength of the nominees in this category is testament to the terrific work that we are seeing in Manchester.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

War Horse puppetry director Matthew Forbes, and  Assistant Director Katy Henry, receive Best Visiting Production trophy presented by Sir Richard Leese from Manchester City Council

Best Visiting Production

Always a hotly contested category and the wide range of shows nominated demonstrates the wealth of theatrical talent visiting the region.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

Best Musical trophy collected by Andrew Wright, the show’s choreographer

Best Musical

Unusually, we have as many homegrown productions in this category as visiting ones.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

Jo Stendall, producer for the Michael Clark Company, collects the trophy

Robert Robson Award for Dance

It’s no coincidence that each of this year’s dance nominations should hail from the Lowry.

(Reporter: David Upton)