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Manchester Theatre Awards 2013 - The Nominations

Kevin Bourke previews Opera House event on 23 March

Published on January 23rd 2013.


Manchester Theatre Awards 2013 - The Nominations

THE shortlist for the Manchester Theatre Awards has been announced and the city’s big theatres vie for the coveted awards alongside some of the region’s much smaller venues as Manchester honours its own, as well as some of the top international entertainment that has graced the region over the last year. 

The largest of their kind outside London, the awards are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics, who attend scores of productions throughout the region each year to come up with the list. 

Besides the awards for best production, actor or actress, there is recognition too for supporting stars, design and the city’s vibrant fringe theatre productions.  The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the city’s Opera House on Tuesday March 26. 

The largest of their kind outside London, the awards are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics, who attend scores of productions throughout the region each year to come up with the list. The work of several leading local names as well as some of the biggest performers in British and international theatre are celebrated in this year’s 19 categories, ranging across drama, opera, musical theatre and dance.

The full nominations list:

Best Actor

Ed Gaughan (pictured above), in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Exchange

Justin Moorhouse, in Two, at the Royal Exchange

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

Clifford Samuel, in Obama the Mamba, President Of The Slums, at The Lowry

 

Best Actress

Lysette Anthony, in Lady Windermere’s Fan, at the Royal Exchange

Victoria Elliott, in Two, at the Royal Exchange

Lucy van Gasse, in Wonderful Town, at The Lowry

Maxine Peake, in Miss Julie, at the Royal Exchange

Imogen Stubbs, in Orpheus Descending, at the Royal Exchange

 

Best supporting actor

John Branwell, in Alfie, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Russell Dixon, in Macbeth, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Antony Eden, in Taking Steps, at Oldham Coliseum

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

 

Best supporting actress

Clare Galbraith, in Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, at the Royal Exchange

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

Carla Henry, in Miss Julie, at the Royal Exchange

Maggie Service, in The Country Wife, at the Royal Exchange

 

Best Actor in a Visiting Production

Robert Bathurst, in Blue/Orange, at the Opera House

Ray Fearon, in Julius Caesar, at The Lowry

Karl Davies, in Henry V and The Winter’s Tale, at The Lowry

John Owen-Jones, in The Phantom of the Opera, at the Palace 

 

Best Actress in a Visiting Production

Josefina Gabrielle, in The King and I, at The Lowry

Sian Phillips, in Cabaret, at The Lowry

Elaine C Smith, in I Dreamed a Dream, at the Palace

 

Best Production

Arabian Nights, for the Library Theatre at the Lowry

Orpheus Descending, at the Royal Exchange

The Winslow Boy, at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

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

 

Best New Play

The Gatekeeper, by Chloe Moss, Royal Exchange Studio

Obama the Mamba, President Of The Slums, by Kevin Fegan, The Lowry

Snookered, by Ishy Din, Oldham Coliseum

Towers Of Babel, by Nick Yardley, 24:7 Theatre Festival 

Opera

Don Giovanni, Opera North, The Lowry

Giulio Cesare, Opera North, The Lowry

Hansel and Gretel, Clonter Opera

The Maiden in the Tower/ Kashchei The Immortal, Buxton Festival

 Xerxes, Royal Northern College of Music 

 

Dance

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, The Lowry

Hofesh Shechter - Political Mother, The Lowry

Lyric Pieces, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Buxton Opera House

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

Some Like It Hip Hop, Zoo Nation, The Lowry 

 

Best Visiting Production

Blue/Orange, Theatre Royal Brighton, Opera House

DNA, Hull Truck, Royal Exchange Studio

Love’s Labour’s Lost, Northern Broadsides/New Vic Theatre, Buxton Opera House

Our Country’s Good, Out Of Joint/Bolton Octagon, at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Lowry 

 

Best Musical

9 – 5, Opera House

American Idiot, Palace

Carousel, Lowry

The Lion King, Palace

The Phantom of the Opera, Palace  

 

Best Special Entertainment

Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!, Opera House

Star Cross’d, Oldham Coliseum

Translunar Paradise, Lowry  

 

Best Design

Arabian Nights, Library Theatre

Hansel and Gretel, Clonter Opera

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oldham Coliseum

Manchester Lines, Library Theatre

Wonderful Town, The Lowry 

 

Best Studio Production

Black Roses, Royal Exchange Studio

Days Of Light, Starving Artists, Royal Exchange Studio

London, Paines Plough/Live Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse, Royal Exchange Studio

Snookered, Tamasha/Oldham Coliseum/Bush Theatre, Oldham University 

 

Best Performance in a Studio Production

Rachel Austin, Black Roses, Royal Exchange Studio

Fred Broom, No Sleep For The Haunted, Lowry Studio

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Black Roses, Royal Exchange Studio

Reuben Johnson, Wrecked, Lowry Studio

Tricia Kelly, The Gatekeeper, Royal Exchange Studio 

 

Best Ensemble

All the Bens, 24:7 Theatre Festival

Arabian Nights, Library Theatre

Snookered, Oldham Coliseum

Star Cross’d, Oldham Coliseum  

 

Best Newcomer

Tamla Kari, Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, Royal Exchange

Anna Wheatley, Peter Pan, Octagon 

 

Best Fringe

All the Bens, 24:7 Theatre Festival

The Bubbler, Studio Salford

The Cell, 24:7 Theatre Festival

JB Shorts, Real Life Theatre Co, Joshua Brooks

 

See manchestertheatreawards.com for more information.

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Tony DoyleJanuary 23rd 2013.

Great to see "Two" get a mention!!!

AdamMarch 25th 2013.

All the Bens should win both it's categories. Absolutely brilliant. Theatre at it's best!

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