Regional winners of UK’s most welcoming theatre 2017 announced

Bradford's Alhambra Theatre. Photo: Wikipedia The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, one of the 2017 winners. Photo: Wikipedia
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Cardiff’s New Theatre and the Nottingham Playhouse are among the 12 regional winners of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2017.

All the regional winners will be invited to the UK Theatre Awards 2017 on October 15 where the overall winner will be announced.

The 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 title, and more than 40,000 votes were cast – which is more than in any other year.

Other regional winners include the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch for the East, the Orange Tree Theatre for London, and Belfast’s Grand Opera for Northern Ireland.

In 2016, the overall winner was the Mill at Sonning, which has won in the South East category again this year.

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.

Full list of winners:

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

East Midlands
Nottingham Playhouse

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
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

New Theatre, Cardiff

West Midlands
Lichfield Garrick

Yorkshire and the Humber
Alhambra Theatre