Clare Foster and Harry McEntire win Manchester Theatre Awards
Clare Foster and Harry McEntire scooped the main acting prizes at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards, where new arts centre Home and the Royal Exchange led the winners.
Foster fought off competition from Maxine Peake, Suranne Jones and Lauren Samuels to be named best actress for her roles in Duet for One and Separation, while McEntire’s turn in Billy Liar won him best actor over Rob Edwards, Michael Shelford, Dan Parr and Michael Hugo.
Best production went to recently established arts centre Home for the site-specific Angel Meadow – the cast of which also won the ensemble award.
Though Peake did not win best actress, her co-star Gillian Bevan was named best supporting actress for her role in the Royal Exchange’s Hamlet, while David Birrell won the supporting actor prize for his performance Journey’s End.
In the visiting categories, Antony Sher was named best actor for his role in Henry IV Parts I and II, while Katherine Kingsley’s performance in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels won her the best actress award.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won best visiting production, with the Brynteg award for best musical going to Jersey Boys.
Best new play went to Deborah McAndrew for An August Bank Holiday Lark at the Oldham Coliseum, and best newcomer was awarded to Emily Barber for her performance in Billy Liar at the Royal Exchange.
The prizes were handed out today in a ceremony at the Royal Northern College of Music.
See the full list of winners below:
Harry McEntire, in Billy Liar, at the Royal Exchange
Clare Foster, in Duet for One and Separation, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Best actor in a supporting role
David Birrell, in Journey’s End, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Best actress in a supporting role
Gillian Bevan, in Hamlet, at the Royal Exchange
Best actor in a visiting production
Antony Sher, in Henry IV Parts I and II, at the Lowry
Best actress in a visiting production
Katherine Kingsley, in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at the Opera House
Angel Meadow, directed by Louise Lowe and company for ANU Productions and Home, at Edinburgh Castle, Ancoats
Best visiting production
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, from the National Theatre, at the Lowry
The Brynteg Award for best musical
Jersey Boys, at the Palace Theatre
Robert Robson award for dance
Le Corsaire, from English National Ballet, at the Palace Theatre
Götterdämmerung, from Opera North, at the Lowry
Romeo and Juliet, at Home at Victoria Baths
Emily Barber, in Billy Liar, at the Royal Exchange
Best new play
An August Bank Holiday Lark, by Deborah McAndrew, at Oldham Coliseum
Best studio production
He Had Hairy Hands, from Kill The Beast Company, at the Lowry Studio
Best fringe production
Thick as Thieves, from Hard Graft Theatre Company, at ReTale, Oldham Mumps
Best studio performance
Sinèad Matthews, in Pests, at the Royal Exchange Studio
Best fringe performance
Caitlin Howard, in The Alphabet Girl, at the Kings Arms, Salford
Angel Meadow, at Home, the Edinburgh Castle, Ancoats
Best special entertainment
Barry Humphries, in Eat, Pray, Laugh at the Opera House
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