The Offies (Off West End Theatre Awards) recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of off West End independent theatres and their productions. This year a cohort of 40 assessors have covered over 400 shows across 70 venues to shortlist this evening’s winners.

Just moments ago, the award winners were announced live via twitter through a ‘cyber-ceremony’ hosted by Sir Patrick Stewart. Sarah Ridgeway scooped Best Female for her role in Fury at Soho Theatre, while performance artist Dickie Beau took home Best Supporting Male alongside Josh Dylan for their performances in Sheppey at the Orange Tree and Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre won Best Musical Production.

The Orange Tree Theatre led the way with 4 awards including: Best New Play, Most Promising New Playwright, Best Male and Best Supporting Male. Other winners included Sasha Regan, artistic director of The Union Theatre, who was awarded the Special Achievement Award for her incredible campaign to save the theatre by moving it to a new railway arch. Lee Proud secured Best Choreographer for the second year running and Tom Hughes won Best Director for Punkplay at Southwark Playhouse.

The awards have become renowned for not only helping to raise the profile and status of independent theatres across London, but also to reward the emerging talent that they nurture.

As in previous years, most winners are assigned a ‘Patron Saint’ who will mentor the recipient and offer specialist advice, guidance and introductions to people in the industry. This year’s Patron Saints included National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris, producer Sonia Friedman, Barbican head of theatre Toni Racklin and choreographer Stephen Mear.


Full list of Offie Winners 2017 (Winners in bold)

Best Female
Sarah Ridgeway in Fury at Soho Theatre

Best Supporting Female
Lynette Clarke in Karagula at The Styx

Best Male
John Ramm in Sheppey at The Orange Tree

Best Supporting Male
Josh Dylan and Dickie Beau in Sheppey at The Orange Tree

Best New Play
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Sponsored by Edwardian Hotels London
The Rolling Stone by Chris Urch at The Orange Tree

Most Promising New Playwright
Patron Saint: Jack Bradley
Sponsored by Edwardian Hotels London
Zoe Cooper with Joe & Jess Forever in co-production with Farnham Maltings at The Orange Tree

Best Producer
Patron Saint: Sonia Friedman
Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment

Best Artistic Director
Patron Saint: David Lan
Matthew Parker for The Hope Theatre

Best Director
Patron Saint: Rufus Norris
Sponsored by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust
Tom Hughes for Punkplay at Southwark Playhouse

Best Lighting Designer
Patron Saint: David Howe
Sponsored by White Light
David Plater for Deathwatch at The Print Room

Best Sound Designer
Patron Saint: Paul Arditti
Sponsored by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust
Dominic Brennan for Down And Out In Paris & London at The New Diorama

Best Set Designer
Patron Saint: Bill Buckhurst
Frankie Bradshaw for Adding Machine at The Finborough

Best Costume Designer
Patron Saint: Catherine Kodicek
Shawn Soh for Karagula at The Styx

Best Choreographer
Patron Saint: Stephen Mear
Lee Proud for Allegro at Southwark Playhouse

Best Ensemble
Patron Saint: Nancy Meckler
Belarus Free Theatre for Burning Doors at Soho Theatre

Best Production
Patron Saint: Mark Goucher
Thebes Land at The Arcola

Best New Musical
Patron Saint: Edward Snape
Sponsored by Theatre.London
Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Best Musical Production
Patron Saint: Edward Snape
Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre

Best Musical Director
Patron Saint: Mike Dixon
Jordan Li-Smith for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre

Best Opera Production
Patron Saint: Nicholas Payne
Sponsored by Graham’s Port
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at The Kings Head

Best TBC
Patron Saint: Toni Racklin
Sponsored by INTENT New Theatre
YOUARENOWHERE at Shoreditch Town Hall

Best Production for Young People (1 – 7)
Patron Saint: John Retallack
Boing! by Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic at The Unicorn

Best Production for Young People (8+)
Patron Saint: John Retallack
Treasure Island by Iris Productions at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden

Special Achievement Award
Sasha Regan for her incredible 19 years of work at The Union Theatre