Voting has begun to find the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre in 2018 and the Watford Palace Theatre is the running. The winners of this year’s award will be decided by a public vote which closes on September 18, 2018.

Julian Bird, chief executive of UK Theatre, says: “Most Welcoming Theatre is a chance for audiences to celebrate their nearby theatre and for venues to shout about the incredible work they are doing day in day out. Theatres are the backbone of communities across the country and this campaign highlights the vital work they do”

This year there are more than 175 venues across the country competing to take home the coveted title. The 12 regional and national winners of the vote will be announced on September 28. The overall winner of the award will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on October 14.

This is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their home theatre and all they do for the communities.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in theatre throughout the United Kingdom. This year’s ceremony will again take place at London’s historic Guildhall.

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