Monday, August 14, 2017


What makes a welcoming theatre? There are many things that shape your experience when you visit a theatre; a friendly chat with box office staff, enjoying a delicious coffee in the cafe, feeling like you're part of your local community, or being entertained by the panto! This public vote gives you the chance to celebrate your local theatre and all it does to welcome you.

When can I vote? The vote is now live and you have until 12noon on Tuesday 19 September to cast your vote!

How do I cast my vote? You will need to click on your region via the link below and then tick to vote for your theatre of choice. You will be able to cast one vote only and must provide your name, email address and postcode. You can opt-out of receiving further information from UK Theatre or our sponsors.

Regions? We will announce a winner in each of the following regions before crowning the overall UK winner: London, East Midlands, South East, South West, North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, East, Wales, North West, West Midlands, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Overall UK winner? We will announce an overall winner at the UK Theatre Awards ceremony taking place at London's Guildhall on Sunday 15 October.

How is the vote calculated? The voting is being monitored by the Electoral Reform Services. To ensure that smaller theatres are not at a disadvantage, a formula is applied which divides the number of votes by seating capacity.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017


It's here and ready to buy now at last! The only gift card you will ever need for the gift of UK THEATRE TICKETS.

Valid London or local and established since 1984, this replaces the traditional Theatre Token paper gift vouchers. We are the only retailer for these, that offers a free Royal Mail Special Delivery Service (minimum purchase applies) and a subsidised five pounds sterling, insured and tracked delivery service, to any worldwide destination address! Standard post and packing here is ALWAYS FREE.

You can top-up the new gift cards also and if you do this with us on 0800 6125350 topping up gets you an additional £1 added value free every time. Please quote 'twitter offer' when calling and have your theatre card and payment card handy. Please note that this exclusive offer is only available from us via the above 0800 number!


Thursday, June 01, 2017


When we launched our first local jobsite in 2005 for East Yorkshire, never did we dream it could become so popular and so very widely used! To build on this even further in the future, this week we have acquired the following domains to develop / / / so one day soon all employers and job seekers throughout the whole of Yorkshire will be able to benefit. Plus you employers and agencies out there, will save many thousands of pounds on recruiting fees, compared with what you currently pay to advertise vacancies. Watch this blog space for more announcements!

Friday, May 05, 2017


Bookshop premises one opened at 4A Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, exactly 30 years ago. Garfield performed the official opening ceremony a week or so after our doors opened to the public for the very first time!

Roger Crossland, the founder, continues to run the Bookshop online today, after our Main Street lease ran out in 2012, heralding the imminent closure of Bookshop premises two, which had been relocated by us to 15 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds during 1997.

Up until 2003 the shop always price matched with and was the very first Bookshop in the UK to ever do that, however these days the majority of books you can purchase online via our website, will now cost you less when paying with a credit card or debit card (not by Book Tokens). Anyone noticed recently how expensive Amazon have become, maybe that's because they've now decided to pay some UK taxes, at long last?


Thursday, April 06, 2017


We've teamed up with Nick Hern Books, the leading theatre publisher, to give you this fantastic prize in celebration of Shakespeare Day. Please note that you must enter by 30 April 2017 to be in with a chance of winning!

This year's Shakespeare Day is fast approaching on 23 April – and so we've teamed up with leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books to offer you the chance to win a great Shakespeare prize worth over £100! One lucky winner will receive a copy of three recently-released NHB Shakespeare titles, each packed with fascinating insights from star theatre names:

• Shakespeare on Stage: Volume 2 by Julian Curry, in which leading actors such as Eileen Atkins, Simon Russell Beale, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Stewart and ZoĆ« Wanamaker recreate in detail their memorable performance in a major role.

• Brutus and Other Heroines, Harriet Walter's intimate and perceptive reflection on her varied and distinguished career playing many of Shakespeare's greatest characters – female and male.

• Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries, Antony Sher's insider account – splendidly supplemented by his own paintings and sketches – of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's best-known and most popular roles, Sir John Falstaff.

You'll also receive Theatre Tokens' six exclusively designed greeting cards by cartoonist, and regular Private Eye contributor, Guy Venables, plus £50 in Theatre Tokens see the shows of your choice at over 240 venues nationwide, including all of London's West End.


Thursday, March 02, 2017



Winner of the World Book Day Award has been revealed as an East Yorkshire school, after it faced three years of “struggling” to expand its books offering from "one meagre bookshelf" into a library. The announcement comes as a raft of events kick off to celebrate WBD’s 20th anniversary (2nd March 2017).
Cherry Burton Primary School in East Yorkshire won £5,000 of books for its ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ which saw the Church of England school’s summer playhouse transformed into the shop featured in the classic novel by Charles Dickens.
A World Book Day spokesperson said the "massive influx" of the prize would help the school expand the library, after three difficult years of fundraising. He said: “Designed to convey the 'individual experience' of reading, the shop was filled with displays and crafts made by the children, sparked by their favourite books, which ranged from Owl Babies (Walker) to The Snail and the Whale (Macmillan) and The BFG (Puffin). The massive influx of £5,000 worth of new children’s books provides fresh hope to a school that has spent the last three years struggling to fundraise to expand their collection of books from just one bookshelf into a fully-fledged library.” Sarah Shepherdson, literacy coordinator at Cherry Burton, said: “We’re honoured and thrilled to have been awarded first prize for our entry to the World Book Day Award. The children all worked incredibly hard and loved exploring and interpreting their favourite books for the project. The addition of £5,000 worth of books to our school library is a dream come true. Three years ago, our library consisted of one meagre bookshelf, and while we have come a long way since then, there is no doubt that this prize will be life-changing for our pupils.”

Friday, February 03, 2017


Be in with a chance of winning our February prize draw with Classic Lodges, where you have your choice of hotels. Plus, we're adding in £100 in Theatre Tokens to see a show. Enter below before 28 February 2017.

About Classic Lodges: Each of the hotels has fantastic character and history – the properties vary from a grade two listed lodge in Lancashire, to a Georgian mansion in the Lake District.

Fine Dining is at the centre of every Classic Lodges hotel and the winner of this amazing prize will have the chance to try the cuisine at any of the hotel’s fantastic restaurants during a table d’hote dinner.

Following a good night’s sleep, the winner can indulge in a full English breakfast, or a slightly lighter Continental version to fuel the day and a stroll around the historical towns or beautiful countryside that surround all of the hotels.

We're also including £100 in Theatre Tokens to spend at a nearby venue to your chosen hotel. Alternatively, save them for another time - they have no expiry date, so you have all the time you need to decide on the show, theatre and date.