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UK’s most welcoming theatres include Theatre by the Lake and Belfast’s Grand Opera House

Regional winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018 (clockwise from top left): Queen's Theatre Hornchurch; Grand Opera House, Belfast; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; New Theatre, Cardiff
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Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and Belfast’s Grand Opera House are among the 12 regional winners of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018.

The prize, which is run by theatre membership organisation UK Theatre, is judged by members of the public who vote to celebrate their local theatre.

All the regional winners will be invited to the UK Theatre Awards on October 14 at London’s Guildhall, where an overall winner will be announced.

This year a record number of 56,000 votes were cast.

Other regional winners included the Mill at Sonning in the South East, which won the overall prize in 2017, and Swindon’s Arts Centre in the South West category.

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.”

UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2018 – regional winners:

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

East Midlands
Buxton Opera House

Orange Tree Theatre

North East
Newcastle Theatre Royal

North West
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Northern Ireland
Grand Opera House, Belfast

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

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