UK's most welcoming theatres

The shortlist of regional winners for the most welcoming theatre has been announced.

It includes Brookside Theatre, Romford Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Hackney Empire Lyric Theatre Belfast, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury,  Theatre Royal Plymouth (The Lyric & Drum),  Clwyd Theatr Cymru, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Sheffield Theatres (Crucible, Lyceum and Studio).

The My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award is organised by UK Theatre, the major membership organisation for theatres in the UK, and is sponsored by Smooth Radio. More than 256 theatres competed for the title this year, the highest ever. The winning theatre, which will be announced at a special ceremony at London’s Guildhall on October 18, will succeed last year’s winner Wales Millennium Theatre. It’s the only award which is voted on by members of the public.

Rachel Tackley, President of UK Theatre, said: “This year’s contest, with the support of Smooth Radio, has been the biggest yet with more venues taking part than ever before.  Theatres play a hugely valuable role in our local communities and this vote, along with the My Theatre Matters! campaign, provides a platform for the public to tell their stories about how important their local venue is to them.”

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