Orange Tree has won UK Theatre Award for Most Welcoming Theatre in London

UK's most welcoming theatre award

We are delighted to have won the UK Theatre Award for Most Welcoming Theatre in London 2016.

Artistic Director Paul Miller said: "Thanks to our audience who took the time to vote for us in this lovely Award and in particular a huge thank you to all our volunteers, bar staff, box office staff and front of house managers who welcome the public so brilliantly on a daily basis."

Executive Director Sarah Nicholson added: "We could not be more thrilled to have won this award. It’s a tribute to our small but fantastic team and brilliant colleagues front of house, and means a great deal that members of our audience took time to vote for the Orange Tree." 

UK Theatre has announced the 12 regional and national winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2016 in association with Smooth Radio. This year, over 200 theatres competed for the coveted title.

This award, which is voted for by the public, is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre. 

The overall winner will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony on Sunday 9 October where the overall winner will be announced. 

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.”

The annual UK Theatre Awards take place at London’s historic Guildhall, where the ceremony will be compered by Lesley Manville OBE. 

It was recently announced that Vanessa Redgrave CBE will be receiving The Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, while Sir Ian McKellen will collect the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre. 

The full list can be viewed at

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