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Manchester Theatre Award Winners

Shows jostling for trophies included The Lion King, Wonderful Town, Phantom Of The Opera and Carousel...

Published on April 4th 2013.

Manchester Theatre Award Winners

MANCHESTER Opera House played host to the Manchester Theatre Awards 2012 – the largest theatrical prize-giving outside London, recognising the work of several leading local names as well as some of the biggest performers in British and international theatre.

Among the winners were many stage actors who also enjoy television fame, such as Maxine Peake, Christopher Ravenscroft, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ray Fearon and Sian Phillips. But there were also many more players from the city's rich theatre tradition and its equally vibrant fringe and studio scene

Maxine PeakeMaxine Peake

Shows jostling for trophies included The Lion King, Wonderful Town, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar, Phantom Of The Opera and Carousel.

Altogether there were around 80 nominations in 19 categories, honouring achievements in live theatre at venues including The Lowry, The Manchester Palace and Opera House, The Royal Exchange, Library Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and Buxton Opera House, as well as several fringe theatres and pub venues.

The Lion KingThe Lion King

The MTAs are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics and confirm Manchester as the heart of the country’s second home of theatreland.

The full winners list was as follows:

Best Production 

Wonderful Town, for Royal Exchange/The Halle/Lowry, at the Lowry


Best Visiting Production 

Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Lowry


Best Studio Production 

Black Roses, Royal Exchange Studio


Best Musical 

The Lion King, Palace


Best New Play 

Snookered, by Ishy Din, Oldham Coliseum


Best Fringe 

All the Bens, 24:7 Theatre Festival 


Don Giovanni, Opera North, The Lowry



Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures Production, The Lowry


Best Special Entertainment 

Star Cross’d, for Oldham Coliseum


Best Actor 

Christopher Ravenscroft, in The Winslow Boy, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton


Best Actress 

Maxine Peake, in Miss Julie, at the Royal Exchange


Best Supporting Actor 

Christopher Villiers, in The Winslow Boy at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton


Best Supporting Actress 

Natalie Grady, in The Daughter-in-Law, for the Library Theatre at the Lowry


Best Actor in a Visiting Production 

Ray Fearon, in Julius Caesar, at The Lowry


Best Actress in a Visiting Production 

Sian Phillips, in Cabaret, at The Lowry


Best Performance in a Studio Production 

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Black Roses, Royal Exchange Studio


Best Ensemble 

Arabian Nights, Library Theatre


Best Newcomer 

Tamla Kari, Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, Royal Exchange


Best Design 

Wonderful Town, The Lowry


Special Award 

Porl Cooper, formerly of the Lowry Studio

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