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Royal Exchange leads winners at Manchester Theatre Awards 2017

Julie Hesmondhalgh in Wit at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Photo: Jonathan Keenan

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Daniel Rigby and Rufus Hound are among the performers who have picked up prizes at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards.

The awards, which celebrate theatre across the North West, saw the Royal Exchange take home the most awards: 10, from 19 nominations [1].

The theatre won in both the best actress and best actor categories.

Hesmondhalgh took home best actress for Wit, with Rigby winning best actor for Breaking the Code [2], which also won best production.

Katherine Soper [3]‘s Bruntwood-winning Wish List [4] won three awards, including best studio production, and best actress and actor in a studio production. These went to Erin Doherty and Joseph Quinn.

Hound won in the best actor in a visiting production category for The Wind in the Willows [5], while Aoife Duffin won the corresponding female category, for Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing [6].

The Emperor [7], at Home, won best new play, providing the theatre with one of its two wins.

Other winners included the Royal Exchange’s Sweet Charity [8], which won best musical, and The Trial at Hope Mill Theatre, which won best fringe production.

The awards are judged by a panel of regional critics.

Manchester Theatre Awards 2017 winners in full

Best fringe performance
Joyce Branagh, Boomtown Gals

Best fringe production
The Trial, Hope Mill Theatre

Best musical
Sweet Charity, Royal Exchange

Best special entertainment
The Peony Pavilion, the Lowry

Best Dance
Akram Khan’s Giselle, Palace Theatre

Best actor in a studio production
Joseph Quinn for Wish List, Royal Exchange Studio

Best actress in a studio production
Erin Doherty for Wish List, Royal Exchange Studio

The Stage Door Foundation award for excellence
Take Back Theatre Collective

Best visiting production
The James Plays, the Lowry

Youth panel award
Nothing, Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company

Best opera
Andrea Chenier, Opera North at the Lowry

Best newcomer
Norah Lopez Holden for Ghosts, Home

Best young newcomers
Samuel Torpey, Henry Harmer and Elliot Stiff for Billy Elliot
Jasmine de Goede and Lucy Doyle Ryder for To Kill a Mockingbird

Best new play
The Emperor, Home

Best supporting actress
Natalie Dew for Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange

Best supporting actor
Daniel Crossley for Sweet Charity, Royal Exchange

Best actor in a visiting production
Rufus Hound for Wind in the Willows, the Lowry

Best actress in a visiting production
Aoife Duffin for A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, the Lowry

Best design
Singin’ in the Rain, Octagon Theatre

Best studio production
Wish List, Royal Exchange

Best ensemble
Singin’ in the Rain, Octagon Theatre

Best actress
Julie Hesmondhalgh for Wit, Royal Exchange

Best actor
Daniel Rigby for Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange

Best production
Breaking the Code, Royal Exchange

Special achievement award
Joseph Houston and William Whelton, founders of Hope Mill Theatre
Philip Radcliffe, critic and founder member of the Manchester Theatre Awards