In our first full year under Sarah Frankcom's sole artistic directorship of the Exchange we are flying high...

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At the end of 2015 we made it onto numerous Top 10 Plays of The Year lists for THE SKRIKER, THE CRUCIBLE, YEN and THE ROLLING STONE and we were also shortlisted for The Stage's Regional Theatre of the Year Award. 

Now, we start 2016 with Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom being named 20th in The Stage's 100 most powerful players of UK theatre, alongside Associate Artist Maxine Peake who was named 51st. 

In the annual CityLife Awards THE SKRIKER was 'a clear winner' in the Best Play category where 'Peake convincingly brought Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker to captivating life, putting flesh on the bones of her shapeshifting faerie inside a terrifying asylum'.

And the Manchester Theatre Awards have recognised our incredible year with 11 nominations for our Theatre, Studio, New Writing and Participation & Learning work.

THE CRUCIBLE recieved numerous nominations; for Best Actor In A Leading Role Jonjo O'Neill was nominated for his role as John Proctor. Nominated for Best Actress In A Supporting Role was Ria Zmitrowicz for her performance as Mary Warren. Nominated in the Actor in a Supporting Role was Tim Steed for his role as Reverend John Hale.

Also nominated in the category Best Actor In A Leading Role is Sam Swann is nominated for his performance as Charlie in POMONA.

Maxine Peake was nominated for Best Actress In A Leading Role for her performance as The Skriker in the eponymous co-production with Manchester International Festival.

Jake Davies as Bobbie left and Alex Austin as Hench in YEN by Anna Jordan  The Studio Royal Exchange Theate until 7 March. Photo - Jonathan Keenan

For Best Performance in a Studio Production Alex Austin was nominated for his role as Hench in YEN alongside Carla Langley for her performance in CUDDLES.

For Best Studio Production we're delighted for the team of CUDDLES who visited the Studio in the Spring before transferring to New York and our co-production with HighTide SO HERE WE ARE for being nominated. SO HERE WERE ARE is up against another one of our productions, and another Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winnerTHE ROLLING STONE for Best New Play.

Finally, we're also recognised for our work in the final year of the Truth about Youth program for TaY Talks - nominated in the Youth Panel Award category.

The full list of Manchester Theatre Award nominations can be found here.