Manchester Theatre Awards

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


Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet and Mimi Ndiweni as Ophelia.


William Shakespeare
RSC at Lowry Lyric Theatre
26 January 2018 to 03 February 2018
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

See Me After

See Me After (PUSH Festival 2018)

Yandass Ndlovu and Anna Berentzen
Yandass Ndlovu, Anna Berentzen and Nina Barber at HOME, Manchester
26 January 2018 to 27 January 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Michael Peavoy as Mr Rochester and Jessica Baglow as Jane

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte, adapted by Janys Chambers and Lorna French
Octagon Theatre Bolton
18 January 2018 to 10 February 2018
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

Johanne Murdock in The ToyBoy Diaries

The ToyBoy Diaries

Wendy Salisbury adapted by Simon Warne (book) and Andy Collyer (music and lyrics)
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
18 February 2018 to 10 March 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Black Men Walking

Black Men Walking

Eclipse Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange, Manchester
18 January 2018 to 03 February 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Air Play

Air Play

Seth Bloom, Christina Gelsone and Daniel Wurtzel
Acrobuffos at Lowry Theatre
19 January 2018 to 20 January 2018
(reviewer: Carmel Thomason)

True Stories

True Stories (PUSH Festival 2018)

Remi Adefeyisan, Ilona Krieva, Wayne Pilgrim and Sarah Yaseen
Remi Adefeyisan  for Truth Be Told at HOME, Manchester
18 January 2018 to 20 January 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)



William Steig, adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music)
Dreamworks, Neal Street, Playful, Ron Kastner, Saracen Films, Tulchin/Bartner. Gavin Kalin, Lee Menzines, Glass Half Full/Just for a Laugh and Mark Cartwright at The Palace, Manchester
16 January 2018 to 20 January 2018
(reviewer: David Cunningham)