Buxton Opera House gets ‘most welcoming’ award for second year in a row

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Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre has beaten off stiff competition from others in the region to win the most Most Welcoming Theatre at this year’s UK Theatre Awards.

This is the second year in a row that the much-loved theatre has received the accolade, which is decided by a public vote.

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre was one of more than 200 theatres that took part and one of just twelve regional theatres to win the coveted title.

Emma Oaks, head of marketing, said staff were thrilled to be officially recognised as the most welcoming theatre in the East Midlands and wanted to thank everyone who voted for them.

She added: “Buxton Opera House has a 113 year-long tradition of warmly welcoming people through its doors.

“This accolade is a wonderful tribute to all the staff and 190 volunteers that have given an unmatched level of customer service.

“As custodians of one of the most beautiful theatres in the country we are all incredibly proud to work at Buxton Opera House and our contemporary space the Pavilion Arts Centre.

“We play host to a world class programme of events, but most importantly at the theatre’s heart is a community spirit that makes it all possible.”

Jenny Mather, business development officer, said the award put the theatre on the national stage and such exposure could only be beneficial for Buxton.

She added: “This also got customers involved by encouraging them to think about what the theatre means to them.

“For us it is all about serving the public and making them feel welcome.”

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 exclusive awards ceremony took place at London’s historic Guildhall, a magnificent medieval Grade 1 listed landmark building, situated in the City of London.