THE Octagon has scooped four prizes at the first Manchester Theatre Awards.

The theatre was victorious in the best actress, best supporting actor, best new play and the best production categories.

The highly coveted best production award went to The Price, by Arthur Miller, directed by David Thacker.

Kenneth Alan Taylor, who played the role of Gregory Solomon in The Price, also won the best supporting actor award for his performance.

All four cast members from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf picked up nominations, but it was David Thacker’s wife, Margot Leicester, who won the award for best actress for her role as Martha in the Edward Albee play.

David Lodge’s Secret Thoughts, a two hander starring Rob Edwards and Kate Coogan, which had its world premier at the Octagon, won the award for best new play.

The Lowry, in Salford, won six awards, while the Royal Exchange scooped three.

The Library Theatre's site-specific production of Charles Dickens' Hard Times, featuring Bolton actor David Crellin, won the award for best design.