The theatre topped the Arts and Culture category, beating competition from a shortlist comprising Harewood House, which took silver, Selby District Council (Selby 950), which was awarded bronze, plus Hull’s Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Huddersfield Literature Festival, Hull Libraries (The Big Malarkey Festival), Kala Sangam, and Yorkshire Sculpture International.
The theatre's executive director Caroline Routh said: “This has been a tough year for just about everyone, and it’s so nice to have something to celebrate for once.
“We were thrilled to win the White Rose Arts and Culture Award, and particularly to be shortlisted in such fantastic company. We’re now looking forward to bringing our Christmas show, The Snow Queen, to Scarborough, live on stage throughout December, as well as an online treat – an audio recording of Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia, performed by the writer himself.”
The White Rose Awards is the largest tourism awards ceremony in the UK, an opportunity for Yorkshire to showcase the best and brightest it has to offer. The awards ceremony was held online on Monday November 23.
he judges said: "From their innovative approach to accessibility and inclusivity, the rave reviews and so much more, this business truly impressed the judges.
"The great online and social media presence, international profile and a real commitment to engaging the local community is what, for us, makes the Stephen Joseph Theatre such a worthy winner.'"