From new plays to classic drama and the reimagining of an iconic Broadway Musical the Royal Exchange was recognised for the diversity and breadth of the work it produces in Manchester.
THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE WON:
BEST NEW PLAY
THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver – this Bruntwood Prize winning play marked Kendall’s professional debut. Director Katy Rudd won The Stage Newspaper’s Debut Award earlier this month for her direction of it, making this a double award-winning play.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Ashley Zhangazha for GUYS AND DOLLS – developed with Talawa, the UK’s primary Black led touring theatre company, this production was the UK’s first all-Black cast production of this iconic show. Ashley is currently performing in the RET's current 5-star production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN.
BEST TOURING PRODUCTION
We would also like to celebrate the success of our Associate Artist Maxine Peake who was presented with the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH THEATRE Award in recognition for her championing of regional theatre and female and working-class voices.