The 12 regional and national winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 in association with Smooth Radio are announced today
Overall winner to be announced at UK Theatre Awards 2017 on 15 October 2017
A record 40,000+ votes cast
UK Theatre has announced the 12 regional and national winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 in association with Smooth Radio. The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford has been voted as winner for Yorkshire and The Humber.
This award, which is voted for by the public, is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre. This year, over 172 theatres competed for the coveted title and more than 40,000 votes were cast – more than in any other year.
All the regional and national winners will be invited to the UK Theatre Awards on Sunday 15 October where the overall winner will be announced. In 2016, the overall winner was The Mill at Sonning.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said:
“The response to this year’s vote has been incredible, showing how valuable theatres are to communities across the UK. It takes a skilled and dedicated team to run a venue. This award gives the public a chance to recognise that, and say thank you.”
The annual UK Theatre Awards take place at London’s Guildhall, where the ceremony will be hosted by Sharon D Clarke.
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres comments:
"We’re extremely proud that the general public have voted for the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford as the most welcoming theatre in Yorkshire and The Humber - what a great honour it is. We aim to make a visit to the Alhambra Theatre as memorable and enjoyable as possible; to put it quite simply we care about our customers’ experience and love to extend our warm Yorkshire hospitality to everyone who walks through our doors.
This nomination is a big achievement of which I am very proud. We hope that our endeavours here at the Alhambra Theatre will be recognised at national level when the overall winner of the UK Theatre Most Welcoming Theatre Award is announced in October.”
UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 in association with Smooth Radio winners:
East Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
East Midlands Nottingham Playhouse
London Orange Tree Theatre
North East Newcastle Theatre Royal
Northern Ireland Grand Opera House, Belfast
North West Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Scotland Pitlochry Festival Theatre
South East The Mill at Sonning
South West Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Wales New Theatre, Cardiff
West Midlands Lichfield Garrick
Yorkshire and The Humber Alhambra Theatre