Most Welcoming Theatre Award

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2016

The Mill at Sonning is the overall winner of the public vote for UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2016 in association with Smooth Radio

Most Welcoming Theatre, which is the only award voted for by the public, is an unparalleled opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre.  

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 campaign brings together audiences, theatres, performers and producers and gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate their local venue.”

Paul Phear, Smooth Radio presenter, said: “It is a privilege to team up with UK Theatre once again as we crown the nation’s Most Welcoming Theatre. This award is even more special because it is the audiences, including our Smooth Radio listeners, who have chosen the winner.”

Overall winner: The UK's Most Welcoming Theatre

The Mill at Sonning

Regional and national winners


Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

East Midlands

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Theatre


Orange Tree Theatre

North East

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Northern Ireland

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

North West

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Pitlochry Festival Theatre

South East

The Mill at Sonning

South West

Salisbury Playhouse


Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

West Midlands

Lichfield Garrick

Yorkshire and the Humber

Hull Truck Theatre

What makes a welcoming theatre?

There are many things that shape your experience when you visit a theatre; a friendly chat with box office staff, enjoying a delicious coffee in the cafe, feeling like you're part of your local community, or being entertained by the panto! The public vote gives you the chance to celebrate your local theatre and all it does to welcome you.             

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