UK's Most Welcoming Theatre

UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2018 - voting has now closed



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.


We will announce the winner of each region on Friday 28 September 2018.

The overall winner of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018 will be revealed at the  UK Theatre Awards ceremony taking place at London's Guildhall on Sunday 14 October.  


View  2017's winners

The Most Welcoming Theatre Award is part of the UK Theatre Awards, so participating venues are all UK Theatre members. If your favourite venue isn’t in the list below, it’s probably because it isn’t a UK Theatre member. Now that voting is open, unfortunately we can’t accept new entries.

Please note that this list is for information only. To vote, select the region on the map that your chosen theatre is in. If you are using a mobile device, select your chosen location from the ‘Cast Your Vote Now’ box. You will be redirected to a list of eligible venues in this region and can vote for your chosen theatre.


Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

Hertford Theatre

Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Norwich Theatre Royal

Palace Theatre, Southend

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Watford Colosseum

Watford Palace Theatre


East Midlands

Buxton Opera House

Curve, Leicester

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Derby Theatre

Mansfield Palace Theatre

Melton Theatre

Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Theatre Royal & Concert Hall

Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton



Almeida Theatre

Arcola Theatre

Arts Theatre


Beck Theatre, Hayes

Bush Theatre

Cadogan Hall

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Cockpit Theatre

Donmar Warehouse

Hackney Empire

Hampstead Theatre

Kiln Theatre

London Coliseum

Lyric Hammersmith

Menier Chocolate Factory

National Theatre

New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio

Orange Tree Theatre

Park Theatre

Polka Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Richmond Theatre

Rose Theatre Kingston

Royal Court Theatre

Royal Opera House

Sadler’s Wells

Shakespeare’s Globe

Soho Theatre

Tara Theatre

The Bloomsbury Theatre

The Old Vic

The Other Palace

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Unicorn Theatre

Wilton’s Music Hall

Young Vic Theatre

Greenwich Theatre


North East

Darlington Hippodrome

Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Middlesbrough Theatre

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Sunderland Empire


North West

HOME, Manchester

Liverpool Empire

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatre

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Oldham Coliseum

Opera House, Manchester

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Storyhouse & Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Northern Ireland

Grand Opera House Belfast

Lyric Theatre, Belfast



Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Capital Theatres – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Dundee Repertory Theatre

Edinburgh Playhouse

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Theatre Royal, Glasgow


South East

Alexandra Theatre & Regis Centre, Bognor Regis

Ambassadors Woking (New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres)

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre (Festival Theatre & Minerva Theatre)

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

G Live, Guildford


Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Milton Keynes Theatre

New Theatre, Oxford

Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Oxford Playhouse

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

The Capitol, Horsham

The Hexagon, Reading

The Mill at Sonning

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

The Watermill – West Berkshire Playhouse, Newbury

The Woodville, Gravesend

Theatre Royal Brighton

Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Windsor

White Rock Theatre, Hastings

Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford


South West

Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol Old Vic

Colston Hall, Bristol

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts

Princess Theatre, Torquay

Swindon Arts Centre

The Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Theatre Royal Bath

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon



New Theatre Cardiff

Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Theatr Colwyn

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


West Midlands

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Lichfield Garrick

mac Birmingham

Malvern Theatres

New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Palace Theatre Redditch

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford

The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Warwick Arts Centre


Yorkshire & The Humber

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Cast Theatre, Doncaster

Grand Opera House, York

Harrogate Theatre

Hull New Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

Leeds Playhouse

Sheffield Theatres (Crucible, Lyceum and Studio)

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Theatre Royal Wakefield

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

York Theatre Royal

When can I vote?    

Voting for 2018 is now closed. 

The vote was open from 12noon on Tuesday 7 August until 12noon on Tuesday 18 September 2018. During that time votes could be cast via the interactive map above (the map is no longer active as the vote has closed).  

How is the vote calculated?   
The voting is being monitored by the Electoral Reform Services. To ensure that smaller theatres are not at a disadvantage, a formula is applied which divides the number of votes by seating capacity.  Voting is restricted to one vote per person.

Other Information

Regions and Nations 
We will announce a winner in each of the following Regions/Nation before crowning the overall UK winner:

London, East Midlands, South East, South West, North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, East, Wales, North West, West Midlands, Scotland, Northern Ireland. 

Overall UK winner 
We will announce an overall winner at the  UK Theatre Awards ceremony taking place at London's Guildhall on Sunday 14 October. 
View  2017's winners

Voters have the option of entering a prize draw to WIN up to £250 worth of Theatre Tokens.
Winners (first, second and third place) will receive one prize of Theatre Tokens worth either £250, £100 or £50.
For more information, view the Prize Draw T&C's here

Questions and Queries 
If you have a question, please email or call 0207 557 6700. 

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