Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018

From 2019, UK Theatre Organisation Members are invited to tell us why you’re a welcoming theatre in three ways; your place, your people and your programme. There is no longer a public vote for this award. It is by application only.

Prior to 2019, the UK's Most Wecloming Theatre Award was determined by a public vote.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of UK Theatre, said: “Theatres play a vital role in communities across the UK, so it has been wonderful to see so many votes cast. This award brings together audiences, theatresperformers and producers and gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate their local venue.”

Sally Hughes, MD, The Mill at Sonning, UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2016/17:"Being able to say that we’re the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre has undoubtedly attracted more people to visit us and long may that continue."  

Read Sally's blog to find out more about what winning the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award meant to them.

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2018 Winner - Mill at Sonning

UK Winner

The Mill at Sonning

After an unprecedented 56,000 votes were cast by members of the public, the regional and national winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2018 are:


Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

East Midlands

Buxton Opera House    


Orange Tree Theatre

North East

Newcastle Theatre Royal 

Northern Ireland

Grand Opera House, Belfast

North West

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Pitlochry Festival Theatre

South East

The Mill at Sonning

South West

Arts Centre, Swindon   


New Theatre, Cardiff

West Midlands

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme    

Yorkshire and the Humber

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, said:  ‘It is fantastic to see a record-breaking number of people all over the country casting votes in support of their local theatres this year. This award is a chance to recognise the importance of theatres as valuable cultural hubs, and the loyalty they can inspire by creating a fantastic audience experience – from friendly front-of-house service to engaging outreach projects and imaginative, entertaining programming.’           

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