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Clare Foster and Harry McEntire win Manchester Theatre Awards

Clare Foster in Separation at Bolton's Octagon Theatre in 2014. Photo: Ian Tilton
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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:

Best actor
Harry McEntire, in Billy Liar, at the Royal Exchange

Best actress
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

Best production
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

Opera
Götterdämmerung, from Opera North, at the Lowry

Design
Romeo and Juliet, at Home at Victoria Baths

Best newcomer
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

Best ensemble
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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