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Poole’s Lighthouse in top third of UK’s welcoming theatres
POOLE’s Lighthouse Theatre has been placed in the top third of the UK’s most welcoming theatres.
Public voting for UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre awards closed at the end of September and the Poole venue enjoyed significant backing.
Lighthouse chief executive Elspeth McBain said: “I am truly delighted that we were in the top third. This is a real achievement.
“Lighthouse audiences are among the most diverse and discerning in the country.
“We take their support for granted at our peril and work tirelessly to bring extraordinary performances to their attention.”
Although the Lighthouse failed to make the final shortlist of seven for the inaugural My Theatre Matters UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award, in association with Classic FM, staff at the Poole venue were thrilled with the public backing they received.
Votes were weighted by dividing the amount each theatre received by the number of seats each individual venue has. All of the finalists are smaller scale venues.
Elspeth said: “We provide a supportive environment for performers to present their work on a professional stage and at all times we have at the heart of the organisation the audience for whom work was created.
“By voting for us as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre our audiences have demonstrated to the world that not only do they value Lighthouse, but that our theatre in our town and region matters.”
The shortlisted venues are St James Theatre, London; Stam-ford Arts Centre, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter; The Mill at Sonning Theatre; The Water-mill Theatre, Newbury; The-atre by the Lake, Keswick, and Wilton’s Music Hall, London.
The winner will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards in London’s Guildhall on Sunday.
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