On Sunday 14 October 2018, leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation, UK Theatre held its annual awards, celebrating the best of theatre and performance. We are delighted to say that the Royal Exchange Theatre won four awards at the prestigious ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

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:

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BEST DIRECTOR

Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom for her production of OUR TOWN. This celebrated production was also recognised as critic Lyn Gardner’s number one show for 2017 in The Guardian.


 

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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.


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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.


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BEST TOURING PRODUCTION

THREE SISTERS, a RashDash and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production – RashDash are Royal Exchange’s Associate Artists - an extraordinary company, making ground-breaking work.




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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.


See all the awards winners here.