Celebrating the great theatre across Greater Manchester, a few words from Julia Fawcett OBE…

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It’s been another successful year at the Manchester Theatre Awards – with The Lowry and its partners celebrating wins in five categories; including Special Entertainment and Visiting Production.

When the nominations were announced earlier this year, The Lowry led the way with an incredible 22 nominations. And we haven’t come away from the ceremony today disappointed….

Incredible actors and actresses tread the boards everyday at The Lowry so, I’m delighted that two of those have scooped awards at this years ceremony. Aoife Duffin received the award for Actress in a Visiting Production for her mesmerising performance in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and Rufus Hound took home the award for Actor in a Visiting Production for his performance as Toad in Julian Fellowes’ new musical The Wind in the Willows.

The partnerships we’ve built at The Lowry with companies such as Opera North allow us to bring the very best in performance to Salford. It seems the region’s top critics are in agreement with this as they awarded Opera North’s Andrea Chénier the Opera award.

National Theatre and The National Theatre of Scotland took audiences on an incredible journey through three generations of Stewart Kings when The James Plays visited The Lowry. It gained a great response from those who experienced it including the MTA panelists who honoured it with their Visiting Production award.

2016 saw the start of our involvement in The Movement – a dance producing partnership between The Lowry, Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadler’s Wells. Supported by Arts Council England, it aims to nurture talent and bring large scale dance productions to even wider audiences. The National Ballet of China’s The Peony Pavilion was the first show presented as part of the Movement so for it to be awarded the accolade of Best Special Entertainment is incredible- a real success.

The MTA’s provides an opportunity for us to celebrate not only our own successes across the year but it is also a reminder of the incredible cultural offering in Greater Manchester which we are a part of.

My congratulations go out to all winners and nominees. I look forward to seeing what the next twelve months brings for The Lowry and arts and culture across Greater Manchester.

Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive of The Lowry

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