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OFFIE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED after a day of contention, controversy and too much coffee.....

The Panel of Critics met today (Wednesday 26 January 2011) to agree on the shortlist for THE OFFIES – please see below!

The final winners will be announced at The Off West End Theatre Award ceremony to be held on Sunday 27 February at Wilton's Music Hall.

In our inaugural year, the award ceremony can hold just 300 guests so this is an invitation-only event already struggling to contain a bulging list of attendees made up of the participating theatres and all the nominees, assessors and panellists who have made this year so gloriously possible – please bear with us, next year we'll get you all into Battersea Power Station!

In no particular order.......

Award for Best Female Performance
(Sponsored by TAG)
Anna-Jane Casey in Bells Are Ringing at Union Theatre
Michelle Terry in Tribes at The Royal Court
Rosaleen Linehan for The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Young Vic
Amanda Root in The Country at The Arcola
Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog at The Finborough

Award for Best Male Performance
(Sponsored by SOUK360)
Samuel Barnett in The Whisky Taster at The Bush
Nick Holder in Assassins at Union Theatre
Danny Webb in Blasted at Lyric Hammersmith
Hugh Hughes in The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes at the Barbican
David Ganly for The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Young Vic

Award for Best Production
(sponsored by AKA)
Me and Juliet at The Finborough
Dream of The Dog at The Finborough
Assassins at Union Theatre

Award for Best New Musical
Silence! The Musical at Above The Stag
Britain's Got Bhangra at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Porn – The Musical at Theatre503

Award for Best Musical Director
(award category deleted after discussion)

Award for Best Choreographer
Alistair David for Bells are Ringing at Union Theatre
Drew McOnie for On The 20th Century at Union Theatre
Racky Plews for A Slice of Saturday Night at Upstairs At The Gatehouse

Award for Best Entertainment
One-on-One Festival at BAC
The Animals and Children Took to the Streets at BAC
Theatre Souk at Theatre Delicatessen

Award for Best Producer
Lilli Geissendorfer
Will Young and Ben Monks of Supporting Wall
Alice de Sousa at Greenwich Playhouse

Award for Best Director
Sebastian Rex for Spare at The New Diorama
Thom Southerland for Me and Juliet at The Finborough
Lily Bevan for Miss Lilly Gets Boned at The Finborough
Amelia Nicholson for The Country at The Arcola

Award for Best New Play
(Sponsored by Radisson Edwardian Hotels)
Tribes by Nina Raine at The Royal Court
The Whisky Taster by James Graham at The Bush
The Last Pilgrim by Roy Smiles at The White Bear

Award for Most Promising New Playwright
Tom Wells for Me, As A Penguin at The Arcola
Arinze Kene for Estate Walls at Oval House
Gabriel Bisset-Smith for The Charming Man at Theatre503

Award for Best Artistic Director/Programmer
Neil McPherson at The Finborough
Peter Bull at Above The Stag
Sasha Regan at Union Theatre

Award for Best Lighting Design
Howard Hudson for Me and Juliet at The Finborough and Tomorrow Morning at The Landor
Paule Constable for Blasted at Lyric Hammersmith
Eoin Furbank for Christmas Carol at Theatre Delicatessen

Award for Best Sound Design
Andrew Pontzen for Dream of The Dog at The Finborough
Steve Miller for Assassins at The Union
Christopher Shutt for Blasted at Lyric Hammersmith

Award for Best Set Design
Ultz for Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Young Vic
James Cotterill for Wages of Thin at The Old Red Lion
Irina Borisova and Emma Thatcher for A Doll's House at The Space

Award for Best Costume/Make-up Design
(Sponsored by Berkeley Square London)
Tara Marricdale for Me and Juliet at The Finborough
Emily Stuart for Anyone Can Whistle at Jermyn Street
Stewart Charlesworth for Iolanthe at Union Theatre

Award for Best Marketing Campaign
(Sponsored by DarkWeeks.com)
Ghost Stories at Lyric Hammersmith
One on One Festival at BAC
Badjelly's Bad Christmas at Chickenshed

Panel Award
(to be announced)






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