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The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) are here to recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London.

The Offies cover a calendar year and the winners are announced in the spring of the following year. For photos of the winners in 2013 click here, for photos of the winners in 2012 click here and for an account of the last 3 award ceremonies please go for 2013 to www.offwestend.com/index.php/news/view/156, for 2012 to www.offwestend.com/index.php/news/view/132 and for 2011 to www.offwestend.com/index.php/news/view/90.

The point of these awards - as with everything we do at OffWestEnd.com - is to help raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London by giving them greater power to promote their work individually and collectively and to reward the new talent that they nurture and that is essential to the future of our theatre industry.

To take part, the production needs to have a minimum of 10 performances over a minimum of a 3 week period, the theatre needs to be a participating member of OffWestEnd.com (see criteria explained in the download on right-hand side of this page), and the theatre or the company needs to invite our assessors by emailing theoffies@offwestend.com with the date you wish us to attend. Nominations will be published immediately on this page as they come in. The only exceptions to this criteria are the productions entered for The TBC Award, The Best Opera Production and Best Production for Young People where we need a minimum of 4 performances over 4 days.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AN INVITATION TO ASSESS YOUR PRODUCTION NEEDS TO REACH US AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE THE PRESS NIGHT OR WE WILL NOT HAVE THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO GUARANTEE ATTENDANCE - THANK YOU!


The making of The Offies.

Simon Callow explains why Off West End theatres are essential to life! (video 6 min)

Over 80 theatres are participating with over 300 productions being considered over the year by 40 qualified assessors made up of members from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass and the OffWestEnd.com Super Club. There will be two lists of winners - those theatres chosen by you the public in the Public Vote and, separately, those winners chosen from the nominations below by a Panel of Theatre Critics made up of:

  

..and a number of Super Assessors including: John Farndon, Sara Fielding, Lauren Guage, Amelia Forsbrook, Sadie Keenan, Jonathan Rhys, Jon Satow and David Thompson.



The Panel Nominations for 2014 are below and are added to regularly. The Patron Saints for each category are leading figures embedded in the industry with a good eye to spot where talent should go next and help that talent blossom through advice and introductions - they keep an eye on nominations throughout the year and swoop in after the award ceremony to take the winner under their wing for the following year.

Best Female
Gillian Saker for Othello at Riverside Studios
Francis McNamee for Punishment Without Revenge at the Arcola
Katie Lightfoot for Don Gil at the Arcola
Amanda Hale for The Domino Heart at the Finborough Theatre
Daisy Brown in Kiss Me Figaro at Riverside Studios
Claire-Louise Cordwell for Carthage at the Finborough Theatre
Matti Houghton for Smallholding at Soho Theatre
Phoebe Waller–Bridge for The One at Soho Theatre
Linda Bassett for Visitors at the Arcola
Rachel Stirling for Variation On A Theme at the Finborough Theatre
Gemma Whelan for Dark Vanilla Jungle at Soho Theatre
Hannah Murray for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Rachael Stirling for An Intervention at Watford Palace Theatre
Lesley Harcourt for Foreplay at the Kings Head Theatre
Karen Bartke for My Name Is… at the Arcola
Ceris Hine for The Ushers at the Charing Cross Theatre
Niamh Walsh for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Park Theatre
Zoe Rainey for John Ferguson at the Finborough Theatre
Eve Polycarpou for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse
Issy van Randwyck for Closer Than Ever at Jermyn Street Theatre
Sophie Louise Dann for Closer Than Ever at Jermyn Street Theatre
Sheila Atim for Klook's Last Stand at the Park Theatre
Emily Plumtree for My Girl 2 at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Gemma Sutton for Carousel at the Arcola
Dorothea Myer-Bennett for This Was A Man at the Finborough Theatre
Alana Ramsey for A Bright Room Called Day at Southwark Playhouse
Laura Jane Matthewson for Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse
Louisa Tee for La Traviata at Soho Theatre

Best Supporting Female
Gemma Stroyan for Othello at Riverside Studios
Sophia Nicholson for Macbeth at Bridge House Theatre
Fiz Marcus for Occupied at Theatre503
Susan Penhaligon for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Leila Crerar for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Vicki Lee Taylor for Carousel at the Arcola
Frances Ashman for Perseverance Drive at the Bush Theatre

Best Male
William Gaminara for The Body Of An American at the Gate
Damien Molony for The Body Of An American at the Gate
Joe Morgan in Kiss Me Figaro at Riverside Studios
Michael Mullen in Superior Donuts at Southwark Playhouse
Chris New for Smallholding at Soho Theatre
Rufus Wright for The One at Soho Theatre
Robin Soans for Visitors at the Arcola
Rob Ward for Away From Home at Jermyn St Theatre
Harry McEntire for Debris at Southwark Playhouse
Thomas Pickles for Dead Party Animals at the Hope Theatre
Jonathan Reid for A Trick To Catch The Old One at the Rose Bankside
Paul Albertson for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Park Theatre
Sam Mackay for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse
Jack Holden for Johnny Got His Gun at Southwark Playhouse
Patrick O'Kane for Quietly at Soho Theatre
Declan Conlon for Quietly at Soho Theatre
Ako Mitchell for Klook's Last Stand at the Park Theatre
David Hywel Baynes for Richard III at St Paul's Church
Tom Mothersdale for In Lambeth at Southwark Playhouse
Robert Portal for This Was A Man at the Finborough Theatre
Jamie Muscato for Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse
Alastair Natkiel for Muswell Hill at the White Bear Theatre

Best Supporting Male
Max Wilson for Othello at Riverside Studios
Simon Scardifield for Punishment Without Revenge at the Arcola
Chris Andrew Mellon for Don Gil at the Arcola
David Shelley for Variation On A Theme at the Finborough Theatre
Josh Wilmott for How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at Ye Olde Rose and Crowne Theatre
Lanre Malaolu for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the Park Theatre
Rio Kai for Klook's Last Stand at the Park Theatre
John McEnery for Richard II at St. Leonard’s Church
Michael Brandon for The Long Road South at the Hope Theatre

Best New Play
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
The Body Of An American by Dan O'Brien at the Gate
We Are Proud To Present by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Bush Theatre
Never Mind The Botox by Nick Reed at the White Bear Theatre
Visitors by Barney Norris at the Arcola
Incognito by Nick Payne at the Bush Theatre
Quietly by Owen McCafferty at Soho Theatre
Che Walker for Klook's Last Stand at the Park Theatre
Dream Of Perfect Sleep at the Finborough Theatre
Alexander Zeldin and The Company of Beyond Caring at the Yard Theatre
Paul Minx for The Long Road South at the Hope Theatre
Torben Betts for Invincible at St. James Theatre

Most Promising New Playwright
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Chris Thompson for Carthage at the Finborough
We Are Proud To Present at the Bush Theatre (1st European) by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Thomas Pickles for Dead Party Animals at the Hope Theatre
Shaun Kitchener for Positive at the Waterloo East Theatre
Alexander Zeldin for Beyond Caring at the Yard Theatre

Best Director
Patron Saint: Rufus Norris
Kirk Jameson for The World Goes Round at the Union Theatre
James Dacre for The Body of an American at the Gate
Laurence Boswell for A Lady Of Little Sense at the Arcola
Patrick Sandford for Smallholding at Soho Theatre
Gbolahan Obisesan for We Are Proud To Present at the Bush Theatre
Alice Hamilton for Visitors at the Arcola
Jude Christian for for I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole at the Gate
David Mercatali for Dark Vanilla Jungle at Soho Theatre
Guy Retallack for MacBeth at Bridge House Theatre
Tom Littler for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Abigail Graham for Debris at Southwark Playhouse
Paul Robinson for A Handful Of Stars at Theatre503
Zoe Ford for Hamlet at the Riverside Studios
David Mercatali for Johnny Got His Gun at Southwark Playhouse
Jimmy Fay for Quietly at Soho Theatre
Alexander Zeldin for Beyond Caring at the Yard Theatre
Seb Harcombe for A Bright Room Called Day at Southwark Playhouse
Belinda Lang for This Was A Man at the Finborough Theatre
Ellie Jones for Invincible at St. James Theatre
Tom Latter for Dirty Promises at The Hope Theatre
Abigail Pickard Price for Anna Weiss at The Space

Best Lighting Designer
Patron Saints: Paule Constable & David Howe
Joshua Pharo for I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole at the Gate
Derek Anderson for The Beautiful Game at the Union Theare
Howard Hudson for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse
Christopher Nairne for Johnny Got His Gun at Southwark Playhouse

Best Set Designer
Patron Saint: Bill Buckhurst & Raz Shaw
Zahra Mansouri for The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso And The Mona Lisa at Brockley Jack Studio
Fly Davis for I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole at the Gate
Fotini Dimou for Variation On A Theme at the Finborough Theatre
Petra Hjortsberg for Occupied at Theatre503
Rodney Ford for The Great Gatsby at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch
Signe Beckmann for A Handful Of Stars at Theatre503
Takis for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse

Best Sound Designer
Patron Saint: Paul Arditti
Max Pappenheim for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Philip Matejtschuk for Dead Party Animals at the Hope Theatre
Simon Slater for A Handful Of Stars at Theatre503
Max Pappenheim for Johnny Got His Gun at Southwark Playhouse
Theo Holloway for The Ring Cycle Plays at The Scoop

Best Costume Designer
Patron Saint: Natalie Abrahami
Zahra Mansouri for The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso And The Mona Lisa at Brockley Jack Studio
Fotini Dimou for Variation On A Theme at the Finborough Theatre
Emily Stuart for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Simon Kenny (and Jessica Knight) for This Was A Man at the Finborough Theatre

Best Choreographer
Patron Saint: Stephen Mear
Sam Spencer Lane for The World Goes Round at the Union Theatre
Drew McOnie for In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse
Lee Proud for Carousel at the Arcola

Best Ensemble
Patron Saint: Polly Teale
The World Goes Round at Union Theatre
Fourth Monkey for The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso And The Mona Lisa at Brockley Jack Studio
We Are Proud To Present at the Bush Theatre
Incognito at the Bush Theatre
Beyond Caring at the Yard Theatre
Invincible at St. James Theatre
The Ring Cycle Plays at The Scoop

Best Production
Patron Saint: Mark Goucher
A Lady of Little Sense at the Arcola
Kiss Me Figaro at Riverside Studios
Poilu And Tommy at the Courtyard Theatre
Captain Amazing at Soho Theatre
Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Beyond Caring at the Yard Theatre

TBC Award for all productions that defy traditional categories
Patron Saint: Toni Racklin
Theatre Ad Infinitum's Ballad Of The Burning Star at BAC
differencEngine's Heist at Theatre Delicatessen
Told By An Idiot's Never Try This At Home at Soho Theatre
Christopher Brett Bailey's This Is How We Die at Ovalhouse
Danny Braverman's Wot? No Fish!! at Battersea Arts Centre
Komola Collective's Birangona Women Of War at the Lost Theatre

Best New Musical
Patron Saints: Nia Janis and Matthew Byam Shaw of Playful Productions
In The Heights at the Southwark Playhouse

Best Musical Production
Patron Saints: Nia Janis and Matthew Byam Shaw of Playful Productions
Ordinary Days at the London Theatre Workshop
Closer Than Ever at Jermyn Street Theatre
Carousel at the Arcola
Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse
The Apple Tree at Ye Olde Rose And Crown

Best Opera Production
Patron Saint: Nicholas Payne
Die Fledermaus at the King's Head Theatre
Triptych by Opera Erratica at The Print Room
The Blank Canvas by OperaUpClose at the King's Head Theatre

Best Production For Young People
Patron Saint: John Retallack
Alice In Wonderland at the Polka Theatre
At The End Of Everything Else at the Unicorn Theatre
Alice In Wonderland at the Cockpit Theatre
Minotaur at the Polka Theatre

Best Artistic Director
Patron Saint: David Lan
Nominations to be announced next January based on a body of work in 2014

Best Producer
Patron Saint: Sonia Friedman
A Younger Theatre and The New Diorama for the Incoming Festival




this is your chance to choose your own winners in 2013!

The Public Vote will open on 1st January 2014.

To cast your votes you need to be a Subscriber - subscribe for free at the bottom of this page at any time and then (when voting opens) look for the link at the bottom of your OffWestEnd.com emails. The link at the bottom of your emails will be your personal code to take you through to your subscriber profile and voting form. As a Subscriber you will be receiving regular emails throughout the year on upcoming shows across London.

The winners in each category will be announced every year, separately from the Panel winners, at The Off West End Theatre Award Ceremony.
The categories up for the Public Vote are:

Award for Most Welcoming Theatre (Central, North, South East, East, North West and South West)
Award for Best Theatre Bar (Central, North, South East, East, North West and South West)
Award for Best Theatre Foodie Experience (Central, North, South East, East, North West and South West)

If you have any queries do contact Sofie Mason on Sofie@offwestend.com.


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