Vote for Buxton Opera House to win UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2017 for the third time

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Voting has opened for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2017 in association with Smooth Radio and Buxton Opera House is once again taking part with the hope of winning for the third time.

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre is out to defend their award for the ‘Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands’ winning one of the most coveted industry accolades in the theatre business for the last two years running.

It was a testament to the tremendous community support from audiences, staff, volunteers and fans across the UK that the prize was awarded both in 2015 and 2016, beating off stiff competition from many worthy rivals!

Photo credit: Buxton Opera House

Photo credit: Buxton Opera House

The public vote has now opened for 2017 and Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre is hoping that everyone who voted last time will come together again to get the national award, raising the profile of not just the theatre but the town and the local area too.

The winners of this year’s award will be once again given to the theatre with the highest number of public votes. It’s easy to cast your vote for Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre, just go to and follow the instructions:

– Select the correct region on the map – we are ‘East Midlands’

– Enter the captcha code, which is randomly generated

– Fill in your details : email, postcode and name

–  Click confirm

You can then select Buxton Opera House as the theatre you wish to vote for in the East Midlands (make sure you click the red button ‘Submit’).

Please tell all your friends, family and colleagues about this and let’s put the Opera House on a national stage! You have from now until 12 noon Tuesday 19th September 2017 to vote.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive, UK Theatre, said:

Most Welcoming Theatre is a chance for audiences to celebrate their local 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 to take part. The 12 regional and national winners of the vote will be announced on 29th September before the overall winner is announced at the UK Theatre Awards which takes place at London Guildhall on Sunday 15th October.

For details on the full programme of events at Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre go to or call the box office on 01298 72190.