The hunt is on for the UK’s most welcoming theatre and Limehouse’s Half Moon Theatre is in the line up.

The My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award celebrates theatres across Britain and is voted for by members of the public.

Half Moon director Chris Elwell said: “At Half Moon we pride ourselves on being welcoming. We’re a very relaxed theatre; people can bring their own food and have a picnic in the foyer, we have an area for buggies, baby changing facilities and our lifts mean that the theatre is accessible for all. I really hope that our patrons will vote for us - and with our compact capacity, I reckon we could be in with a shout.”

Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse

The theatre, which has been entertaining audiences in the East End for more than 25 years, is among 256 arts venues taking part, with 66 in the London region alone.

The award returns for a third year in 2015, but this year there will be 12 regional and national winners as well as an overall winner, which will be announced at London’s historic Guildhall on Sunday, October 18.

Vote at by Friday, September 25.