Manchester honours its own – as well as some of the top international entertainment that has graced the region over the last year – in the shortlist for the Manchester Theatre Awards.
The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the city’s Opera House on Tuesday March 26.
The awards, the largest of their kind outside London, recognise the work of several leading local names as well as some of the biggest performers in British and international theatre.
The MTAs are chosen by a panel of nine independent regional theatre critics and confirm Manchester as the heart of the country’s second home of theatreland.
They enjoy the support of several media partners, Manchester City Council and leading figures in the city’s arts and business communities
The panel attend scores of productions throughout the region each year and this time have shortlisted 19 categories, ranging across drama, opera, musical theatre and dance.
The city’s big theatres vie for the coveted awards alongside some of the region’s much smaller venues. Besides the awards for best production, actor or actress, there is recognition too for supporting stars, design and the city’s vibrant fringe theatre productions.
The full nominations list:
The Phantom of the Opera, Palace
9 – 5, Opera House
American Idiot, Palace
The Lion King, Palace