Most Welcoming Theatre

11 April 2017

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Scoops the Award for ‘Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands’ at the UK Theatre Awards

From over 200 theatres that took part, Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre was amongst the twelve regional theatres to win the coveted title of ‘Most Welcoming Theatre’ in their region at this year’s UK Theatre Awards. For the second year running Buxton received the most public votes in the East Midlands, beating off stiff competition from rival theatres in the region.

The exclusive awards ceremony took place at London’s historic Guildhall, a magnificent medieval Grade 1 listed landmark building, situated in the City of London. Six lucky Opera House staff attended the awards ceremony along with the great and the good of Theatre industry. During the afternoon Vanessa Redgrave CBE received The Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, whilst Sir Ian McKellen collected the accolade for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre’. Winning the overall title as the Most Welcoming Theatre in the UK was the Mill at Sonning, Oxfordshire.

Emma Oaks, Head of Marketing and Audiences at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be officially recognised as the 'Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands’, and we thank everyone who voted for us. Buxton Opera House has a 113 year long tradition of warmly welcoming people through its doors. This accolade, for the second year in a row, is a wonderful tribute to all the staff and 190 volunteers that have given an unmatched level of customer service. As custodians of one of the most beautiful theatres in the country we are all incredibly proud to work at Buxton Opera House and our contemporary space the Pavilion Arts Centre. We play host to a world class programme of events, but most importantly at the theatre’s heart is a community spirit thatmakes it all possible.”

Carol Prowse, Chair of Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised as the UK’s 'Most Welcoming Theatre’, it’s a fantastic achievement for all the staff and volunteers who work so hard to provide an unmatched level of customer service. Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre offers a world class programme of events in two of the finest settings in the country, but most importantly the theatre is firmly at the heart of the community it serves. We are very grateful to all our loyal customers who voted!”

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.”

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Voting for the Most Welcoming Theatre 2017 will open in the summer and we’d love to win again, and who knows, maybe we could win the national award this year! For more information on the UK Theatre Awards: