Manchester Theatre Awards

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Future Bodies

Co-creators Clare Duffy, Abbi Greenland, Helen Goalen, Jon Spooner and Becky Wilkie
HOME and Unlimited Theatre, with RashDash at HOME
28 September 2018 to 13 October 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Bilal Khan and Gurkiran Kaur


Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Pravesh Kumar
Rifco Theatre Co, with Watford Palace and Oldham Coliseum at Oldham Coliseum
02 October 2018 to 13 October 2018
(reviewer: Paul Genty)

Quirijn de Lang and Máire Flavin in The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

Leon, Stein and Lehar
Opera North at Grand Theatre, Leeds - at The Lowry 15th and 17th November
29 September 2018 to 17 November 2018
(reviewer: Robert Beale)

Elaine McNicol and Daniel Bradford as Connie and Tristan

The Effect

Lucy Prebble
Play With Fire in partnership with Oldham Coliseum at Oldham Coliseum
25 September 2018 to 27 September 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Craige Els as Miss Trunchbull

Matilda The Musical

Book: Dennis Kelly Music & lyrics: Tim Minchin
Royal Shakespeare Company at Palace Theatre, Manchester
18 September 2018 to 24 November 2018
(reviewer: David Upton)

Kirsten Foster, a witch; Sandy Grierson, Macbeth and Caroline Faber, Lady Macbeth


William Shakespeare
HOME and Lyric Hammersmith at HOME, Manchester
14 September 2018 to 29 September 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Eileen Battye as  Jessica, Christopher Godwin as Algy

Better Off Dead

Alan Ayckbourn
Stephen Joseph Theatre Company at The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
06 September 2018 to 06 October 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Chris Jenkins (Christopher) and Esme Sears (Jenny)

The Return Of The Soldier

Book and lyrics by Tim Sanders, music by Charles Miller, from the novel by Rebecca West
Hope Mill Theatre at Hope Mill
06 September 2018 to 29 September 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)



Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely with music by Ashley M A Walsh and lyrics by the authors and Jack Bennetts
Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely with Supurbia Manchester Pride at Hope Mill, Manchester
14 August 2018 (reviewer: David Cunningham)

Tipping Point

Tipping Point/ Switch

The Companies and Charlotte Mooney and Tina Koch
Ockham’s Razor, Contact and Turtle Key Arts at Contact at Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester
15 September 2018 to 19 August 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)