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Grand Opera House voted Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre

The Grand Opera House in Belfast has been voted Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre.

Along with eleven venues in Scotland, England and Wales, the iconic space has now been nominated for the overall title of UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2017.

Over 175 venues in total entered the competition, which is organised by UK Theatre.

Ian Wilson, chief executive of the Grand Opera House, said: "We are delighted to be crowned Northern Ireland’s Most Welcoming Theatre and to be nominated for the UK title.

"We are overwhelmed by the response received and on behalf of my colleagues I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the Grand Opera House.“

Julian Bird, chief executive of UK Theatre, said: “The response to this year’s vote has been incredible, showing how valuable theatres are to communities across the UK.

"It takes a skilled and dedicated team to run a venue. This award gives the public a chance to recognise that, and say thank you.”

The overall national title of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre will be announced at the UK Theatre Awards which takes place at London’s Guildhall on Sunday October 15 2017.

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