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WhatsOffStage Awards 2018 – winners reactions

The inaugural WhatsOffStage Awards, celebrating theatres and staff around the UK, were held on Friday

Graham Bradbury (Prince Edward Theatre) and Neil Baker-Harris (Victoria Palace Theatre)
© Ben Hewis

The winners of the inaugural WhatsOffStage Awards were announced in a ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in London this week and we caught up with the recipients to find out what it means to them to be recognised.

The awards were introduced by WhatsOnStage this year for the first time and recognise theatres' work in areas such as front of house, box office, accessibility and websites.

As with the WhatsOnStage Awards, winners are voted for by the public. Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester took home two awards – the most from the line-up – winning Best Front of House Team and Favourite Theatre.


Hull Truck Theatre won Best Box Office, while Best Stage Door was won by Prince Edward Theatre. The National Theatre was recognised in the Most Accessible Theatre category, beating Hull Truck and Shakespeare's Globe. But the Globe won in Best Theatre Website, beating the National Theatre.

The Young Vic won Best Community Theatre, while Most Child Friendly Theatre went to Unicorn Theatre.