Robert Lindsay, Sir Anthony Sher, and veteran comedy entertainer Barry Humphries are among the nominations for this year’s Manchester Theatre awards which will be announced on the 13th March.

Lindsay, who starred in the premiere performance of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Manchester Opera House before it went on to acclaim in the West End, and Sir Anthony Sher, who appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV Parts I and II at The Lowry in Salford lead the list along with Humphries who is nominated for Best Special Entertainment for his farewell performance at Manchester Opera House.

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre dominates the list with sixteen nominations for its productions of Journey’s End, Separation, Duet For One, Early One Morning, Hobson’s Choice and Love Story while Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre also has a raft of nominations, including Bolton’s Maxine Peake for best actress for her performance in the title role of Hamlet.

Other awards cover nominations for best musical, dance and opera performances and there are six nominations in the coveted Best Production category, all of them homegrown in Manchester.

Similarly the city’s energetic fringe and studio theatre scenes are honoured across four categories.

Several of this year’s theatre award nominations also feature productions that have been tailored for performance away from traditional theatre stages and have been presented in everything from the city’s Edwardian baths . . . to a pram shop in Oldham town centre.

The winners will be announced on stage at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Friday March 13.

For a full list of nominations see


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