“These awards are a huge round of applause for all those unsung heroes who make the theatregoing experience the best it can possibly be!”
This post is a little less ‘theatre reviews’ and a little more ‘reviewing theatres’. We at The Phoenix Arts Club recognise the importance that theatre venues have on the overall experience on going to see a show – and we’ve heard some equally entertaining stories from the teams themselves too! Today, WhatsOnStage presented the first ever WhatsOffStage Awards – that’s right! In a small ceremony near Green Park, the venues were taking centre stage and being celebrated for the hard work they do.
In an announcement last month Sita McIntosh, WOS’s Chief Operating Officer, said; “We are delighted to announce the first ever WhatsOffStage Awards this year. We want to celebrate the areas of the industry that don’t always receive the recognition they deserve but which are instrumental in ensuring audiences and communities are able to engage with and enjoy live theatre. These awards are a huge round of applause for all those unsung heroes who make the theatregoing experience the best it can possibly be!”
And the winners are: The National Theatre (Most Accessible Theatre), Hull Truck Theatre (Best Box Office), The Unicorn Theatre (Most Child-Friendly Theatre), The Young Vic (Best Community Theatre), The Other Palace (Best Food & Drink), Hope Mill Theatre (Best Front of House Team), Prince Edward Theatre (Best Stage Door), Victoria Palace Theatre (Best Theatre Facilties), Shakespeare’s Globe (Best Theatre Website) and Hope Mill Theatre (Favourite Theatre).
We at The Phoenix Arts Club congratulate all the winners and, most importantly, every theatre team who without, the show would simply not go on. Now come on down to us and celebrate – we’re open past curtain call after all!
Photos of some of the nominated venues and winners:
Top (left to right): Hull Truck Theatre, The Other Palace, The National Theatre.
Bottom: Hope Mill Theatre