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Manchester Theatre Awards nominations announced

Published: 18 January 2018
Reporter: David Chadderton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Palace Theatre Credit: Johan Persson
The Weir from English Touring Theatre at Oldham Coliseum Credit: Marc Brenner
Nina Hoss in Returning to Reims at Manchester International Festival Credit: Jonathan Keenan
Kenneth Alan Taylor in The Father at Oldham Coliseum Credit: Joel C Fildes
Chris New as Daniel Quinn in Paul Auster's City of Glass at HOME Manchester Credit: Jonathan Keenan
The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Nominations have been announced for the Manchester Theatre Awards for productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

The Lowry in Salford leads with 15 nominations in dance, opera and drama, with HOME Manchester following closely behind with 13. Critically-acclaimed fringe venue Hope Mill Theatre has collected six nominations for its programme and performers.

Two further awards, The Stage Door Foundation Award For Excellence and Special Achievement Award, are presented on the day.

Coronation Street and Broadchurch actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, a previous multiple MTA winner, said, “I love the Manchester Theatre Awards. It’s always such a lovely coming together of our artistic community in the best city in the world, and is a celebration of all things theatrical here: from the emerging raw talent of the burgeoning fringe scene to the bobby dazzler spectaculars in our main houses and from the internationally acclaimed cultural highlights of MIF to a couple of people in a tiny space above a Salford pub.”

The full list of nominees is:

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Tom Michael Blyth, Hard Times, Oldham Coliseum
  • David Fleeshman, Uncle Vanya, HOME
  • Andrew Sheridan, People, Places & Things, HOME

Actress in a Visiting Production

Actor in a Visiting Production

  • Danny Mac, Sunset Boulevard, Palace Theatre
  • Graham McDuff, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Palace Theatre
  • Sean Murray, The Weir, Oldham Coliseum


Performance in a Fringe Production

Performance in a Studio Production

Robert Robson Award for Dance


Fringe Production

  • Bad Advice, Greater Manchester Fringe
  • Gypsy Queen, Hope Mill Theatre
  • The Marriage of Kim K, Greater Manchester Fringe
  • Moth, Hope Mill Theatre


New Play

  • Gypsy Queen, writer Rob Ward, Hope Mill Theatre
  • How My Light Is Spent, writer Alan Harris, Royal Exchange
  • Narcissist in the Mirror, writer Rosie Fleeshman, Greater Manchester Fringe
  • Narvik, writer Lizzie Nunnery, HOME




  • The Father, Oldham Coliseum
  • People, Places & Things, HOME
  • Rose, HOME
  • The Suppliant Women, Royal Exchange

Special Entertainment

Studio Production

  • From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, The Lowry
  • Joan, Contact
  • Man On The Moon, Contact
  • Swansong, The Lowry

Target Live Award for Best Visiting Production

Youth Panel Award

  • There is a Light/BRIGHTLIGHT, Contact Young Company
  • Singin' in the Rain, RNCM Young Company
  • Tis Written in the Stars, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Coliseum