Manchester Theatre Awards

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The Manchester Theatre Awards were established in 2011 to replace the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.[1] The MEN awards, established in 1981, had long been recognised as the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London and were an important part of the Greater Manchester theatrical calendar. When the Manchester Evening News withdrew its support of the annual theatre awards a group of local critics, with the support of the Greater Manchester theatres, set up a new organisation to carry on the awards. The first winners, for 2011, were announced on 14 March 2012.