The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is one of more than 175 venues across the country competing to win the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre award in association with Smooth Radio. The theatre was thrilled to be crowned with this title in 2016 & 2017 and would be elated to win the award for the third year running. Voting will be decided by an online public vote which opens from Tuesday 7 August and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 September at uktheatre.org/vote Every person that votes will be able to opt-in for the chance to win up to £250 in Theatre Tokens. The 12 Regional and National winners of the vote will be announced late September. The overall winner of the award will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards on Sunday 14 October at London's historic Guildhall. The UK Theatre Awards are supported by White Light, Q-Park, Theatre Tokens, John Good, Harbottle & Lewis and Integro in association with Chubb. The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in theatre throughout the UK. There are many aspects that help shape a person’s experience when visiting the Queen’s Theatre; from a friendly chat with Box Office staff and enjoying a delicious coffee in the café to feeling part of the local community. This public vote gives audiences the chance to celebrate their local theatre and all it does to welcome them. On winning the award last year, Mathew Russell, Executive Director at the Queen’s Theatre said, ‘We are overjoyed to have retained our title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre in the East. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to all the staff at the Queen’s Theatre, whose continuing dedication and professionalism has earned us this award. We’re making great developments to our rich programme of work, offering an increasingly diverse and affordable programme of quality entertainment all year round to appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.’ Audiences that have had a positive and memorable experience can vote for the Queen’s Theatre online at uktheatre.org/vote.