The Royal Exchange scoop 4 awards at the 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards

Out of an impressive 17 nominations, the Royal Exchange took home 4 awards in a ceremony that celebrates the best of Manchester's theatre shows as voted for by the MTA Panel.


Harry McEntire won the award for Best Actor for playing the title role in BILLY LIAR, which ran in The Theatre from 13 June - 12 July 2014. For the same show Emily Barber, who played Billy's love interest Liz, won the Best Newcomer award. Sinead Matthews won the award for Best Studio Performance for her portrayl of Pink in the World Premiere of Vivienne Franzmann's PESTS, which ran in The Studio from 12 - 22 March 2014. And Gillian Bevan won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Polonia in HAMLET, which ran in the Theatre from 11 September - 25 October.

The annual Manchester Theatre Awards were this year held at at the Royal Northern College of Music at a star-studded bash hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

The full list of winners are:

Gillian Bevan

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
Sir 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, English National Ballet, at the Palace Theatre

Götterdämmerung, from Opera North, at The Lowry

Romeo and Juliet, at HOME at Victoria Baths

Emily BarberBest 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
Kaitlin 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

Youth Panel Award
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at The Lowry

The Stage Door Foundation Award
Monkeywood Theatre

Special Achievement Award
David Slack, 24:7 Theatre Festival

See here for the full list of nominations.