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  • The Octagon has seven nominations in the Manchester Theatre Awards, which are being held this afternoon at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
  • The Octagon will be vying for:
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Kieran Hill, The Glass Menagerie
  • Best Production - Of Mice and Men and The Glass Menagerie, both directed by David Thacker
  • Best Newcomer - Nathan Ives-Moiba, Tull, and Nathan Wiley, The Glass Menagerie
  • Best Design - The Octagon
  • Best Ensemble - Of Mice and Men

3:42pm

Bolton-bound after my afternoon at the awards. Well done to all the winners 

3:04pm

Sadly no awards for the Octagon as Macbeth takes the gong for best production 

2:57pm

"I beat the Peake?!" Cush Jumbo delighted and surprised she scooped the award for best actress which Maxine Peake was also up for. 

2:53pm

Best actor is Kenneth Branagh for Macbeth, MIF, who isn't here but his award is being collected by his sister 

2:37pm

And the award goes to Freya Sutton for Hairspray at The Lowry 

2:36pm

Best newcomer time! The Octagon has 2 noms

2:24pm

Corrie killer John Stape aka Graham Hawley presenting the award for best fringe production 

2:19pm

Of Mice and Men misses out on the award for best ensemble, which goes to Chicago at Oldham Coliseum 

2:10pm

A world champion whistler is now displaying his unique talents! 

2:03pm

Half way through the awards. Octagon still in the running for best production, newcomer and ensemble 

1:57pm

Christopher Villiers, who is appearing in the Octagon's Twelfth Night, presented the best actor in a supporting role to Ray Fearon who was in Macbeth at MIF 

1:52pm

Best design award goes to The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival, presented by Paula Wilcox. 

1:49pm

Loose Women's Lisa Maxwell has just presented the award for best actress in a visiting production to Catherine Kinsella for Rutherford and Son at The Lowry 

1:40pm

Horwich actor David Crellin presents best musical award to Singin' in the Rain at Opera House 

1:32pm

The MTA's Kevin Bourke said the Octagon pulls off 'minor miracles' with the productions it stages 

1:17pm

Comedian Justin Moorhouse has taken to the stage to host the awards and has got the audience chuckling 

1:05pm

The Bolton News:

There's not an award for best dressed but if there was, it would go to Nathan Ives-Moiba who is up for Best Newcomer for Tull at Octagon

12:56pm

The awards are about to start and the Octagon's artistic director David Thacker said he is feeling very proud of everyone's achievements 

12:19pm

The Royal Exchange is filling up with guests ahead of Manchester Theatre Awards. Good luck to all nominees

11:39am

The Glass Menagerie is one of the Octagon's nominations. Here's a pic:

The Bolton News: The Glass Menagerie has been nominated for Best Production in the Manchester Theatre Awards

11:37am

Here's the full list of nominations:

Best Actor
David Birrell, Sweeney Todd, Royal Exchange
Kenneth Branagh, Macbeth, Manchester International Festival, St Peter’s Church
Nigel Cooke, To Kill A Mockingbird, Royal Exchange
Paul Webster, Sugar Daddies, Oldham Coliseum
Jack Wilkinson, David Copperfield, Oldham Coliseum

Best Actress
Marianne Benedict, Chicago, Oldham Coliseum
Cush Jumbo, A Doll’s House, Royal Exchange
Gillian Kearney, Educating Rita, Library at The Lowry
Alex Kingston, Macbeth, Manchester International Festival, St Peter’s Church
Maxine Peake, Masque Of Anarchy, Manchester International Festival, Albert Hall
Shannon Tarbet, To Kill A Mockingbird, Royal Exchange

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ray Fearon, Macbeth, Manchester International Festival, St Peter’s Church
Kieran Hill, The Glass Menagerie, Octagon Theatre Bolton
Robin Simpson, David Copperfield, Oldham Coliseum

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Sally Bankes, That Day We Sang, Royal Exchange
Shirley Darroch, Chicago, Oldham Coliseum
Heather Phoenix, Sugar Daddies, Oldham Coliseum
Kelly Price, That Day We Sang, Royal Exchange

Best Actor in a Visiting Production
Paul Michael Glaser, Fiddler On The Roof, The Lowry
Julian Glover, Maurice’s Jubilee, Opera House
Louis Maskell, West Side Story, Palace
Barrie Rutter, Rutherford and Son, The Lowry
Tim Treloar, Birdsong, Oldham Coliseum

Best Actress in a Visiting Production
Michele Dotrice, The Ladykillers, The Lowry
Katie Hall, West Side Story, Palace
Catherine Kinsella, Rutherford and Son, The Lowry
Karen Mann, Fiddler On The Roof, The Lowry
Sian Phillips, People, The Lowry

Best Production
Of Mice and Men, directed by David Thacker, Octagon Theatre Bolton
Macbeth, directed by Rob Ashford, Manchester International Festival, St Peter’s Church
The Accrington Pals, directed by James Dacre, Royal Exchange
The Glass Menagerie, directed by David Thacker, Octagon Theatre Bolton
The Old Woman, directed by Robert Wilson, Manchester International Festival, Palace
To Kill A Mockingbird, directed by Max Webster, Royal Exchange

Best Newcomer
Marcus Collins, Hairspray, The Lowry
Laura Elsworthy, The Accrington Pals, Royal Exchange
Nathan Ives-Moiba, Tull, Octagon Theatre Bolton
Freya Sutton, Hairspray, The Lowry
Nathan Wiley, The Glass Menagerie, Octagon Theatre Bolton

Best Visiting Production
Birdsong, The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions Ltd, Oldham Coliseum
The Full Monty, Sheffield Theatres, The Lowry
The Ladykillers, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse / Fiery Angel, The Lowry
The Pirates Of Penzance, Scottish Opera and D'Oyly Carte, Opera House
Twelfth Night, Propeller, The Lowry
War Horse, National Theatre, The Lowry

Best Ensemble
Chicago, Oldham Coliseum
David Copperfield, Oldham Coliseum
Duck!, Z-Arts Manchester
Manchester Sound: The Massacre, Library Theatre Company
Of Mice and Men, Octagon Theatre Bolton

Best Design
La Colombe/La Princesse Jaune, design Lez Brotherston; light John Bishop, Buxton Festival
Macbeth, design Christopher Oram; light Neil Austin; sound Christopher Shutt, Manchester International Festival, St Peter’s Church
Of Mice and Men, design and light Ciaran Bagnall; sound Andy Smith, Octagon Theatre Bolton
The Accrington Pals, design Jonathan Fensom; light Charles Balfour; sound Emma Laxton, Royal Exchange
The Old Woman, designer/director Robert Wilson; sound Marco Oilvieri; light A J Weissbard, Manchester International Festival, Palace
The Machine, design Lucy Osborne; light Mark Henderson; sound Ian Dickinson/Autograph, Manchester International Festival, Upper Campfield Market

Best Musical
Chicago, Oldham Coliseum
Fiddler On The Roof, The Lowry
Paradise Moscow, Royal Northern College Of Music
Singin’ In The Rain, Opera House
Sweeney Todd, Royal Exchange
Wicked, Palace

Best Opera
Festival of Britten (Peter Grimes / Midsummer Night’s Dream / Death In Venice), Opera North, The Lowry
La Finta Giardiniera, Buxton Festival
L’Elisir d’Amore, Royal Northern College Of Music
La Voix Humaine, Buxton Festival
Otello, Opera North, The Lowry

Best Dance
Aladdin, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Lowry
Michael Clark Triple Bill, The Lowry
Rambert, The Lowry
Richard Alston Dance Company, The Lowry
The Chelsea Hotel, The Lowry

Best New Play
Away From Home, by Rob Ward and Martin Jameson, 24:7 Festival
Brilliant Adventures, by Alistair McDowall, Royal Exchange Studio
Cannibals, by Rory Mullarkey, Royal Exchange
Flesh, by Sarah McDonald Hughes, Royal Exchange Studio

Best Studio Production
A Wondrous Place, Royal Exchange Studio
Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio
That Is All You Need To Know, The Lowry Studio

Best Fringe Production
Away From Home, Working Progress Theatre, 24:7 Festival
Little Shop of Horrors, Kings Arms
Mary Bell by Mary Bell, Studio Salford
The Best, Lass O’Gowrie
Word:Play, Box Of Tricks, various venues
Withnail and I, Lass O’Gowrie

Best Studio Performance
Joseph Arkley, Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio
David Judge, Pages From My Songbook, Royal Exchange Studio
Robert Lonsdale, Brilliant Adventures, Royal Exchange Studio
Gerry McLaughlin, Mugabeland!, The Lowry Studio

Best Fringe Performance
Rebecca Fenwick, Spoonface Steinberg, The Swan, Dobcross and tour
Stella Grundy, The Rise and Fall Of A Northern Star, Studio Salford
Dickie Patterson, The Best, Lass O’Gowrie
David Slack, Withnail and I, Lass O’Gowrie
Rob Ward, Away From Home, 24:7 Theatre Festival

Best Special Entertainment
Dick Whittington, Opera House
Jack and the Beanstalk, Oldham Coliseum
Strictly Confidential, The Lowry
Sutra, The Lowry

11:36am

Morning everyone. The awards are due to start at 1pm, but I'll be blogging from about noon.

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