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2011 Manchester Theatre Awards Winners' Party, New Century House

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:41 12 February 2016

2011 Manchester Theatre Awards Winners' Party, New Century House

2011 Manchester Theatre Awards Winners' Party, New Century House

Winners of the Manchester Theatre Awards gathered at the Co-operative's New Century House in the city to celebrate the best of the region's theatrical talent.

Lesley Breen and Sharon Place from The Touch Events, present David Lodge with the award for Best New PlayLesley Breen and Sharon Place from The Touch Events, present David Lodge with the award for Best New Play

Winners of the Manchester Theatre Awards gathered at the Co-operative’s New Century House in the city to celebrate the best of the region’s theatrical talent.

Theatrical husband and wife David Fleeshman and Sue Jenkins paid tribute to the organiser who had fought to keep the awards going, describing them as a highlight of the year. David told the audience that Manchester offers some of the best theatre in the world and was a hotbed of creative writing. ‘The theatre awards are important because Manchester is important,’ he said.


Producer Paul Clay took this theme up when accepting the award for Best Special Entertainment. He said it was ‘Proof, if proof were needed, that work made in Manchester is the best in the world.’

Collecting the award for Best Musical on behalf of her son Richard Fleeshman who took Patrick Swazye’s role of Sam, in Ghost the Musical which has gone on to West End and Broadway acclaim, Sue Jenkins, said:

Simon Harper from Birmingham Royal Ballet accepting the award for DanceSimon Harper from Birmingham Royal Ballet accepting the award for Dance

‘If Broadway didn’t know Manchester, it does now because Richard is telling everybody. It is his pride that he opened in his home town and I am very proud that Ghost the Musical won this category.’

It was also a triumph for Bolton Octagon. David Lodge’s Secret Thoughts, won best new play and has gone on to a successful run in Paris.

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