In a glittering star-studded ceremony held on our stage last Friday, we picked up two prestigious awards at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards.
Oldham actor Norah Lopez Holden, in her first major professional role, as Regina in Polly Findlay’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, won the Best Newcomer Award. Ghosts played to huge acclaim in November and December 2016.
Ghosts was described in a five-star Manchester Confidential review as “a stunning adaptation… envelops the audience and leaves a lasting impact; carried by a terrific cast, expert direction and a detailed set which takes your breath away.”
Directed by Walter Meierjohann, our Artistic Director of Theatre, The Emperor picked up Best New Play. Starring Kathryn Hunter, who played a huge number of roles in the production which told the fictionalised story of the rise and fall of Haile Selassie who ruled Ethiopia with a rod of iron between 1930-1974, The Emperor was described by The Guardian as “a resonant and troubling metaphor for the great melancholy of power… Majestic Kathryn Hunter gives 10 great performances.”
Click here for a full list of winners from this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards event.