Voting has begun to find the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2016 in Association with Smooth Radio and The Royal Spa Centre Theatre is in the running. The winners of this year’s award will be decided by a public vote between 12:00 on Tuesday 9 August and 12:00 on Monday 19 September 2016.  Votes can be cast at

This year there are 241 venues across the country competing to take home the coveted title with the 12 Regional and National winners of the vote announced on 29 September 2016. The overall winner of the award will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on Sunday 9 October.

Last year’s winner was the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

This is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre and all they do for their local communities. The Award is open to all venues that offer legal and fair terms to all performers and stage management, in line with or better than the Equity Fringe Agreement.

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.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive, UK Theatre, said:

“Theatres throughout the UK play a crucial role in the heart of our communities and continue to thrive despite the challenging financial climate. This award gives audiences a platform to show how much their venue means to them and celebrate the hard work of everyone who helps make a theatre run.”

For more information on the UK Theatre Awards and to book tickets visit

The UK Theatre Awards are supported by Smooth Radio, UK Theatre Insurance, White Light, Theatre Tokens, John Good and Harbottle & Lewis.