This year there are 241 venues across the country competing to take home the coveted title with the 12 Regional and National winners of the vote announced on 29 September 2016. The overall winner of the award will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on Sunday 9 October. This is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre.
The Alhambra Theatre, the vision of Francis Laidler, a local impresario and theatre manager, was officially opened on 18 March 1914. In 2014 Bradford Theatres celebrated the Alhambra’s centenary, culminating in a gala evening ‘A Night of Variety’ starring Britain’s leading musical theatre star, Michael Ball.
This year the Alhambra Theatre welcomes a trio of long-running international musicals. We enjoyed a five week run of Billy Elliot the Musical in May/June 2016, which was only Yorkshire date on their ten venue UK tour. Wicked which closes its five week run at the Alhambra Theatre this week. Bradford was the only UK city to host Wicked outside London during 2016. Then Mary Poppins completes the trio, with a visit later this autumn from 2 November – 10 December.
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour outstanding achievement in theatre throughout the United Kingdom. This year's ceremony will again take place at London's historic Guildhall.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive, UK Theatre, said:
“Theatres throughout the UK play a crucial role in the heart of our communities and continue to thrive despite the challenging financial climate. This award gives audiences a platform to show how much their venue means to them and celebrate the hard work of everyone who helps make a theatre run.”
For more information on the UK Theatre Awards and to book tickets visit www.uktheatre.org/awards The UK Theatre Awards are supported by Smooth Radio, UK Theatre Insurance, White Light, Theatre Tokens, John Good and Harbottle & Lewis.