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Top gongs for Octagon

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre scooped four top gongs in the first Manchester Theatre Awards.

The theatre took the prizes for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best New Play and Best Production. It was nominated for a total of 14 awards.

David Thacker, artistic director at the Octagon, said: “All of us at the Octagon are thrilled our work has been recognised by the Manchester Theatre Awards panel.

“We were delighted we received 14 nominations recognising our achievements in acting, design, new writing and direction but to have gone on to win four major awards is a tribute to all the artists, technicians and staff that make the Octagon such a special place.”

The Best Production Award was for the theatre’s version of The Price, by Arthur Miller. The play also led to the Best Supporting Actor Award for Kenneth Alan Taylor, who played the role of Gregory Solomon.

Margot Leicester, won the award for Best Actress for her role as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee and David Lodge’s Secret Thoughts, which was premiered at the Octagon, took the award for Best New Play.

Manchester Theatre Awards judging panel member David Upton said: “The nine judges were spoilt for choice when it came to The Octagon nominations and there was serious discussion as to whether or not we should single out any one play or simply give the award to artistic director David Thacker.”

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


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