Royal & Derngate in Northampton calls on theatregoers for their support in national awards

The Royal & Derngate's new cinema, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. ENGNNL00120130619123457
The Royal & Derngate's new cinema, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. ENGNNL00120130619123457

Theatregoers are being urged to vote for Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in a new campaign to find the most welcoming theatre in the country.

The My Theatre Matters! campaign, in association with Smooth Radio, is searching for the UK theatres that make their audiences feel most at home.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only awards to honour outstanding achievement in Regional and National theatre and this year, for the first time, UK Theatre will be announcing 12 regional and national My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award winners in the run-up to the UK Theatre Awards ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall, on Thursday October 18.

The winners of this year’s awards will be decided by a public vote between 9am on Friday September 4 and noon on Friday September 25.

To vote for Royal & Derngate, vist http://www.mytheatrematters.com/surveys/east-midlands
More than 220 professional theatres took part last year with more than 49,000 votes cast. The 2014 winner of the My Theatre Matters! UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre Award in association with Smooth Radio was Wales Millennium Centre. Already, more theatres than ever have signed-up to be part of the 2015 Award.

In this unparalleled opportunity for theatres to remind audiences how important their local theatre is to their community, UK Theatre, The Stage and Smooth Radio will be launching a campaign to encourage theatre supporters to vote for their local venue.

The deadline for voting is noon on Friday September 25, 2015. To ensure fairness, voters must give their email address and can only vote once.