Vote for your most welcoming theatre

Local theatres are looking for your vote so they can be crowned with the 2016 UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award.

Last year Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre was voted as the Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands, beating off stiff competition from many worthy rivals.

The award meant Buxton was through to the next round and in the running to be  the most welcoming theatre in the whole of the UK but unfortunately they lost out to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The public vote has now opened for 2016 and the opera house is hoping that everyone who voted last time will do so again to help them get the national award.

Derby Theatre, Chesterfield Theatres (Pomegranate and Winding Wheel), and Derby Live’s Guildhall Theatre are also entered in the competition.

It’s easy to cast your vote just go to  – you have from now until  September 19.

This year there are 241 venues across the country competing to take home the title with the 12 regional awards being announced on September 29. The overall winner of the award will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on October 9.

This is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre and all they do for their local communities.

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.”