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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 2016 click here, 2015 click here, 2014 click here, 2013 click here, 2012 click here. And for an account of previous award ceremonies click the relevant link for that year. For 2016 click here, 2015 click here, 2014 click here, 2013 click here, 2012 click here and 2011 click here.

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!

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Over 80 theatres are participating with over 400 productions being considered over the year by 40 trained assessors. 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: Tori Allen-Martin, Jonathan Baz, Giovanni Bienne, Ashraf Ejjbair, John Farndon, Sara Fielding, Amelia Forsbrook, Lauren Gauge, Victoria Gimby, Sarah Henley, Sadie Keenan, Jon Satow, Denholm Spurr, Rebecca Stewart, David Thompson and Camilla Whitworth Jones.



The Panel Nominations for 2016 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 to take the winner under their wing for the following year.

Best Female
Mimi Ndiweni for The Convert at the Gate Theatre
EJ Martin for Birthday Suit at the Old Red Lion
Zoe Doano for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Daisy Maywood for Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse
Brigit Forsyth for Killing Time at the Park Theatre
Sophia Mackay for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Maddie Rice for Villain at the Kingís Head
Joanna Lee for Thatís Jewish Entertainment at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Best Supporting Female
Alex Young for Promises Promises at Southwark Playhouse
Clare Perkins for The Convert at the Gate Theatre

Best Male
Liam Bewley for Birthday Suit at the Old Red Lion
Gabriel Vick for Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse
Dominic Rowan for Winter Solstice at the Orange Tree Theatre
Chris Peluso for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Richard Gadd for Monkey See Monkey Do at Soho Theatre
George Blagden for Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall
Christopher Tester for Crime And Punishment at the Jack Studio
Ben Aldridge for Run The Beast Down at the Finborough Theatre

Best Supporting Male
David Benson for Men From The Ministry at the White Bear Theatre
Tom Rhys Harries for Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall

Best New Play
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Birthday Suit by David K Barnes at the Old Red Lion
Winter Solstice by Roland Schimmelpfenning (translated by David Tushingham) at the Orange Tree Theatre
The Convert by Danai Gurira at the Gate Theatre
Raising Martha by David Spicer at the Park Theatre
Killing Time by Zoe Mills at the Park Theatre

Most Promising New Playwright
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Michael McClean for Years of Sunlight at Theatre503
Alex MacKeith for School Play at Southwark Playhouse
Carmen Nasr for Dubailand at the Finborough Theatre

Best Director
Patron Saint: Rufus Norris
Bronagh Lagan for Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse
Phil Willmott for Three Sisters at the Union Theatre
Michael Kingsbury for Men From The Ministry at the White Bear Theatre
Ramin Gray for Winter Solstice at the Orange Tree Theatre
Sebastian Palka for Holding The Man at the Jack Studio
Thom Southerland for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Jamie Lloyd for Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall
Josette Bushell-Mingo for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Best Lighting Designer
Patron Saints: David Howe
Matt Daw for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Rob Mills & Robbie Butler for Run The Beast Down at the Finborough Theatre

Best Sound Designer
Patron Saint: Paul Arditti
Rod Anderson for Men From The Ministry at the White Bear Theatre
Chris Bartholomew for Run The Beast Down at the Finborough Theatre

Best Set Designer
Patron Saint: Bill Buckhurst
Simon Scullion for Out There On The Fried Meat Ridge Road at the White Bear Theatre
Morgan Large for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Joana Dias for My Landís Shore at Ye Olde Rose & Crown

Best Costume Designer
Patron Saint: Catherine Kodicek
Jonathan Lipman for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre

Best Choreographer
Patron Saint: Stephen Mear

Best Ensemble
Patron Saint: Nancy Meckler
Out There On The Fried Meat Ridge Road at the White Bear Theatre
The HIV Monologues at the Ace Hotel
Flew The Coop at the New Diorama
Bucket List at the Battersea Arts Centre

Best Production
Patron Saint: Mark Goucher
Winter Solstice at the Orange Tree Theatre
La Ronde at The Bunker

TBC Award for all productions that defy traditional categories
Patron Saint: Toni Racklin

Best New Musical
Patron Saint: Edward Snape of Fiery Angel
Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
My Landís Shore at Ye Olde Rose & Crown
Chris Burgess for Thatís Jewish Entertainment at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Best Musical Production
Patron Saint: Edward Snape of Fiery Angel

Best Musical Director
Patron Saint: Mike Dixon
Dean Austin for Death Takes A Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Aaron Clingham for My Landís Shore at Ye Olde Rose & Crown

Best Opera Production
Patron Saint: Nicholas Payne

Best Production For Young People (Ages 0-7)
Patron Saint: John Retallack

Best Production For Young People (Ages 8+)
Patron Saint: John Retallack

Best Artistic Director
Patron Saint: David Lan
Full nominations to be announced next January based on a body of work in 2017

Best Producer
Patron Saint: Sonia Friedman
Full nominations to be announced next January based on a body of work in 2017

Special Achievement Award
Winner to be announced next January based on a body of work in 2017



Every year you will have a chance to vote for your winners - the theatre bars you loved hanging out in, where you had the best nibbles and where you got the warmest welcome - they need to know you love them!

To cast your votes you need to be a Subscriber - subscribe for free at the bottom of this page at any time and then 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 vote will open every January and close on 14th February. The winners in each Public category will then announced along with the winners in the Panel categories above. The categories up for you to decide in 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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