What a fantastic day for The Lowry! We have scooped four Manchester Theatre Awards, including the prestigious ‘Best Visiting Production’ for the Royal Court’s Constellations.
Manchester Theatre Awards bring venues in the Greater Manchester area together to go head to head for twenty awards, chosen by a panel of ten of the region’s leading theatre critics – who are very familiar faces at The Lowry’s press nights.
At the start of the ceremony, The Lowry was leading the way with 16 nominations spanning award categories from ‘Best Studio Production’, for ‘Light’ by Theatre Ad Infinitum who are our Associate Artists, to ‘Best Visiting Production’ for Twelve Angry Men, which was a large-scale West End show starring Tom Conti. Our partner company Opera North were nominated for ‘Best Opera’ for ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, following their win in the category last year for ‘Götterdämmerung’.
The Royal Court’s breath-taking drama Constellations has swept the board at the ceremony today with three much deserved wins; the prestigious ‘Best Visiting Production’, ‘Best Actress in a Visiting Production’ for leading lady Louise Brealey and ‘Best Actor in a Visiting Production’ for her co-star Joe Armstrong. We are very proud to have staged this beautiful work and previous award-winning productions from the Royal Court such as the Beckett trilogy ‘Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby’.
I am delighted that Paines Plough’s intense drama ‘Lungs’ has won ‘Best Studio Production’. The piece was actually performed just outside the front doors to our venue in Roundabout, the UK’s first ‘plug-in and play’ pop-up theatre, which came to us direct from Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Our awards this year come from the talents of emerging theatre-makers and are produced by two companies – Paines Plough and the Royal Court – who are dedicated to supporting new work. These companies have given our audiences the opportunity to experience fresh, challenging and exciting theatre – their success today is very well deserved.
For me Manchester Theatre Awards is a day for us as an organisation to celebrate the success of our own theatre programme and also the vibrant theatre offer across Greater Manchester, from West End musicals at The Palace and Opera House to young emerging companies at CONTACT and world premieres from Manchester International Festival.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all nominees and winners across all Greater Manchester venues. We look forward to seeing the Manchester Theatre Awards’ panellists at our next press night!
Written by Julia Fawcett, Chief Executive of The Lowry