Nominations have been announced for the Manchester Theatre Awards to honour productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017 and Oldham Theatre Workshop’s production of ‘Tis Written In The Stars’ is one of them. 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 show has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Youth Panel’ Award alongside the RNCM young company and Contact Young company.
The Lowry in Salford leads the way with 15 nominations across categories including dance, opera and drama, with HOME in Manchester city centre following with 13 nods. Oldham Coliseum, the Palace Theatre and Opera House, The Royal Exchange, Contact and Bolton Octagon are all also nominated, as is last summer’s Manchester International Festival. Fringe theatre is not forgotten with the critically-acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre winning six nominations for its programme and performers, and Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and newly established space 53Two also gaining nods.
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, herself a previous multiple MTA winner, paid tribute to the awards and the importance of the Greater Manchester theatre scene, saying: “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.”
All nominees are invited to the awards, and members of the public can also buy tickets for the event. Tickets, priced £15 are available from The Lowry’s web site.
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