Public voting now open for Most Welcoming Theatre Award

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Nottingham Playhouse is one of over 225 arts venues asking the public to vote for them in the inaugural My Theatre Matters! Award.

The winner of this new award will be announced at the annual UK Theatre Awards ceremony in London’s historic Guildhall on Sunday 20 October 2013.

Voting opens at 10am on Thursday 12 September to Midnight on Monday 30 September. To vote visit

Vote for Nottingham Playhouse

Voting for Nottingham Playhouse will help support:

• Our ongoing commitment to making great theatre for everyone, commissioning new work and offering a true welcome to audiences from right across the country.

• Putting on work that resonates with audiences in the region; entertaining, thought-provoking plays, events and participation opportunities.

• Being a vital part of a truly ‘national’ theatre, and playing our part in the ever-stronger cultural life of the Midlands.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse said: “Without audiences a theatre has nothing at all. Our tireless team work incredibly hard to make sure everybody who comes to the Playhouse has a wonderful time. We matter to people, and the work we do, as part of the fabric of a truly regional theatre, is valuable, easily lost and under pressure. In the face of this, the Playhouse is programming boldly, expanding its artistic team and seeking to grow its participation opportunities, thus enriching the cultural and social fabric of the region, we hope our local audiences really get behind us and vote for Nottingham Playhouse.”

My Theatre Matters!

Launched in March this year, My Theatre Matters! is a nationwide campaign aimed at galvanising public support for local theatres across the UK in response to extreme pressures on local government funding. The campaign is led jointly by Equity, The Stage and the TMA.

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the TMA and the Society of London Theatre, said: “It has been great to see the tremendous level of public support for regional theatre since the launch of My Theatre Matters! back in March. Theatres play important roles at the heart of our local communities and we hope this vote will provide a platform for the public to get more involved in the UK Theatre Awards and shout about how much they value the work of their local venue.”

Share your views on social media

You can share your thoughts online or simply follow the campaign on Twitter at theatre_matters and UKTheatreAwards #welcometheatre and on Facebook at

You can follow Nottingham Playhouse on Twitter @SkyMirror or on Facebook at

Vote for Nottingham Playhouse to win the Most Welcoming Theatre Award by visiting Voting takes place 12th – 30th September 2013.