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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 2018 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 In A Play
Louise Jameson for My Gay Best Friend at the Hope Theatre
Nina Bowers for Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Gate Theatre
Katie Elin-Salt for Black Mountain at the Orange Tree Theatre
Teresa Banham for The Open House at the Print Room
Monica Dolan for The B*easts at the Bush Theatre
Georgie Henley for Angry at Southwark Playhouse

Best Supporting Female In A Play
Lindsey Campbell for The Open House at the Print Room
Jill McAusland for The Moor at the Old Red Lion

Best Male In A Play
Greg Hicks for The Open House at the Print Room
Richard Stemp for The Soul Of Wittgenstein at the Omnibus Theatre

Best Supporting Male In A Play

Best New Play
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties by Jen Silverman at Southwark Playhouse
The Open House by Will Eno at the Print Room

Most Promising New Playwright
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Julia Cranney for Moments & Empty Beds at the Hope Theatre
Henry Darke for Booby's Bay at the Finborough Theatre
Monica Dolan for The B*easts at the Bush Theatre
Catherine Lucie for The Moor at the Old Red Lion

Best Performance Piece
Monica Dolan for The B*easts at the Bush Theatre

Best Ensemble
Patron Saint: Nancy Meckler
East at the King's Head
Oranges & Elephants at Hoxton Hall
Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties at Southwark Playhouse

Best Director
Patron Saint: Rufus Norris
Jessica Lazar for East at the King's Head
Charlie Parham for Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties at Southwark Playhouse
Michael Boyd for The Open House at the Print Room
Blythe Stewart for The Moor at the Old Red Lion

Best Production
Patron Saint: Mark Goucher
Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties at Southwark Playhouse

Best Female In A Musical
Joanne Clifton for Top Hat at Upstairs At The Gatehouse

Best Supporting Female In A Musical

Best Male In A Musical
Joshua Lay for Top Hat at Upstairs At The Gatehouse
Robert Cuccioni for Rothschild & Sons at the Park Theatre

Best Supporting Male In A Musical

Best New Musical
Patron Saint: Edward Snape of Fiery Angel
Rothschild & Sons at the Park Theatre

Best Musical Director
Patron Saint: Mike Dixon
Charlie Ingles for Top Hat at Upstairs At The Gatehouse
Ted Clements for Carmen 1808 at the Union Theatre

Best Musical Production
Patron Saint: Edward Snape of Fiery Angel

Best Lighting Designer
Patron Saints: David Howe
Zoe Spurr for Tiny Dynamite at the Old Red Lion
David Doyle for East at the King's Head
Peter Small for Black Mountain at the Orange Tree Theatre
Anna Watson for Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Gate Theatre
Ben Jacobs for Carmen 1808 at the Union Theatre

Best Video Designer

Best Sound Designer
Patron Saint: Paul Arditti
Dan Jeffries for Tiny Dynamite at the Old Red Lion
Max Perryment for Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Gate Theatre
Dominic Kennedy for Black Mountain at the Orange Tree Theatre
Sam West for Becoming Shades at The Vaults
Hollie Buhagiar for Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties at Southwark Playhouse

Best Set Designer
Patron Saint: Bill Buckhurst
Tom Piper for The Open House at the Print Room

Best Costume Designer
Patron Saint: Catherine Kodicek
Pam Tait for Rothschild & Sons at the Park Theatre
Penn O'Gara for Carmen 1808 at the Union Theatre
Sara Perks for Oranges & Elephants at Hoxton Hall

Best Choreographer
Patron Saint: Stephen Mear
Chris Whittaker for Top Hat at Upstairs At The Gatehouse
Yvan Karlsson for East at the King's Head
Adam Haigh for Carmen 1808 at the Union Theatre

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

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 8-12)
Patron Saint: John Retallack

Best Production For Young People (Ages 13+)
Patron Saint: John Retallack

Best Artistic Director
Patron Saint: David Lan
Full nominations to be announced next January based on a body of work during 2018

Best Producer
Patron Saint: Sonia Friedman
Full nominations to be announced next January based on a body of work during 2018

Special Achievement Award
Winner to be announced next January based on a body of work during 2018



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 Geoffrey Brown on geoffrey@euclid.info


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