The Manchester Jewish Theatre Company has been entertaining the local community since it’s re-formation in 1975. Its first production was Fiddler on the Roof and over the past forty years the JTC has produced over sixty plays, concerts, shows and fully staged musicals.

Highlights have included two productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The Grand Tour (the European premiere of a Jerry Herman musical), and the much-acclaimed Broadway version of Pirates of Penzance. Moving on through the years, other productions have included Oliver, The Second Time Around and the classic revue You Don’t Have to be Jewish, especially adapted for the stage by the JTC. In 2006 The Company staged a production of J.B.Priestley’s An Inspector Calls at the Bury Metro Studio Theatre, receiving excellent reviews.

The Company has a junior section, for 11-17 year olds, which has produced such favourites as Bugsy Malone, Grease, and Annie. More recent productions have included the NODA award-winning Joseph, The Wiz, and Little Shop of Horrors.

The aim of the Jewish Theatre Company is to provide theatrical experience and skills for the Jewish Community in Manchester. We aim to involve people with learning difficulties, the socially isolated, under 25s and people looking for more diverse activities within the community. This will enhance their quality of life through new friendships and skills utilising community facilities.

In January 2011 we performed ‘Ghetto’, an emotional and powerful play with music about life in the Vilna Ghetto during the Holocaust, to sell-out audiences over four nights. This was followed in June with a tribute to two Theatre Company stalwarts, Bernard Wallis and Norman Pearlman. “The Show Must Go On” included numbers and sketches from shows that these two wonderful entertainers performed in and directed. 

We are always looking to keep our audiences entertained with a variety of drama on offer. We had two very successful productions in 2012 with our multi-nominated musical, “Joseph”, together with the classic comedy, “Hobson’s Choice”.

In 2013 our musical production in March was “Annie Get Your Gun” (Broadway Revised Edition.) This was another fantastic production from our superb production team of Director Robert Margolis, Choreographer Debbie Hilton and Musical Direction by David Wilson.

2014 saw one of the JTC’s most memorable productions in “Your, Anne”(The Dairy of Anne Frank, set to music).  We had the great honour of hosting Eva Schloss to our final nights performance followed by a reception and talk.

In 2015 we were pleased to celebrate our fortieth anniversary and come full circle with with our sell-out production of  ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, an experience that many in the JTC will remember for many a year to come.

Last year saw the Mel Brooks’ classic musical ‘The Producers’, certainly our most outrageous production yet.  We also performed ‘Quartet’ to sellout audiences at the Whitefield Garrick, a new venue for us. Both of these productions received multiple NODA nominations. 

The JTC, rely on the support of the community, either by taking part or by coming along for a great night out as a member of our audience.

Watch this space for more details.

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