The Off West End committee, a leader in championing London’s fringe theatre scene, announces the finalists in its 2018 Awards ceremony, the Offies.

The Offies hashtag #OffiesFinalists was all over Twitter this afternoon, as the finalists for the Offies 2018, Off West End‘s award ceremony, were announced. In an online ceremony hosted by panel judge and leading theatre critic Mark Shenton, 82 performers, creatives, venues and theatre companies were shortlisted out of 200+ shows assessed at over 60 venues throughout 2017.

With a total of 29 awards available, the winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony, unlike previous years when the winners have been also publicised through Twitter via such celebrity hosts as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The 2018 ceremony will be hosted by The Albany, Deptford on Sunday 4 March – the same day as the Oscars ceremony.

In a new move to previous years, the Offies 2018 will also be broadcast on London Live, the first time the awards have featured on live television. Tickets are also available to the general public, with an early bird offer of £30.

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Who’s come out on top?

An Octoroon is a clear favourite, with five nominations including Best New Play for playwright Branden Jacobs-JenkinsBest Production and Best Director for Ned Bennett.

As for musicals, look no further than The Life, also with five nominations – Best New MusicalBest Musical Production and Best Female for T’Shan Williams.

When it comes to venues, Southwark Playhouse is on top with 13 overall nominations. It has played host to many musical successes in 2017, including The LifePromises, PromisesSuperhero and WorkingOrange Tree Theatre is not far behind with nine finalists – Winter Solstice and Low Lying Panic feature alongside An Octoroon – and Park Theatre comes next with eight nominations – The Revlon Girl picks up a cool three.

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Full List of Nominations

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY:

  • Danny-Boy Hatchard in Eyes Closed, Ears Covered
  • Jonathan Blaydon in Lord Dismiss Us
  • Tom Rhys Harries in The Pitchfork Disney
  • Will Pinchin in Frankenstein

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY:

  • Jo Martin in Doubt, A Parable
  • Molly Hanson in Posh
  • Sinead Matthews in Loot
  • Vivian Oparah in An Octoroon

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY:

  • Ben Aldridge for Run The Beast Down
  • Ian McDiarmid for What Shadows
  • Ken Nwosu for An Octoroon
  • Patrick Sandford for Groomed

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY:

  • Charlotte Gray for The Revlon Girl
  • Katherine Pearce for Low Level Panic
  • Lucy Robinson for Late Company
  • Mimi Ndiweni for The Convert

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BEST NEW PLAY:

  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for An Octoroon
  • David Ireland for The End Of Hope
  • Neil Anthony Docking for The Revlon Girl
  • Roland Schimmelpfennig (translation by David Tushingham) for Winter Solstice

BEST PRODUCTION:

  • Contractions
  • An Octoroon
  • The Revlon Girl
  • Trouble In Mind

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:

  • Alex Young for Promises, Promises
  • Sarah-Louise Young for Yank!
  • Sharon D.Clarke for The Life

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:

  • Cornell S. John for The Life
  • Greg Castiglioni for The Woman In White
  • Jordan Shaw for Tick, Tick… Boom!

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BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:

  • DaisyMaywood for Promises, Promises
  • Sophia Mackay for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
  • T’Shan Williams for The Life

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL:

  • Gabriel Vick for Promises, Promises
  • Joshua Lay for Top Hat
  • Michael Rouse for Superhero
  • Peter Polycarpou for Working

BEST NEW MUSICAL:

  • Christopher J Orton & Robert Gould for My Land’s Shore
  • David Newman, Ira Gasman & Cy Coleman for The Life
  • Maury Yeston, Peter Stone & Thomas Meehan for Death Takes A Holiday
  • Richy Hughes, Joseph Finlay and Michael Conley for Superhero

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION:

  • Working
  • The Life
  • Hair

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BEST DIRECTOR:

  • Audrey Sheffield for The Dark Room
  • Josette Bushell-Mingo for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
  • Ned Bennett for An Octoroon
  • Ramin Gray for Winter Solstice

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

  • Dean Austin for Death Takes A Holiday
  • Gareth Bretherton for Hair
  • Simon Holt for The Woman In White

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER:

  • Charlotte Tooth for The Hired Man
  • Chris Whittaker for Top Hat
  • Joanne McShane for Salad Days
  • William Whelton for Hair

MOST PROMISING NEW PLAYWRIGHT:

  • Alex Gwyther for Eyes Closed, Ears Covered
  • Katie Bonna for All The Things I Lied About
  • Natasha Marshall for Half Breed
  • Stephen Unwin for All Our Children

BEST ENSEMBLE:

  • Theatre Ad Infinitum for Bucket List
  • Engineer Theatre for The Gap In The Light
  • Cardboard Citizens for Home Truths

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BEST LIGHTING DESIGN:

  • Ben Jacobs for The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase
  • David Plater & Andrzej Goulding for Room
  • Norvydas Genys for Eyes Closed, Ears Covered
  • Zoe Spurr for The Phoenix Rising

BEST SOUND DESIGN:

  • George Dennis for Guards At The Taj
  • Ben & Max Ringham and George Dennis for Killer
  • Juan Coolio for White Fang

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

  • Adrin Erra Puente for White Fang
  • Jonathan Lipman for Death Takes A Holiday
  • Mike Lees for The Tailor Made Man

BEST SET DESIGN:

  • Lily Arnold for Room
  • Max Dorey for Talk Radio
  • Rosanna Vize for Low Level Panic

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BEST OPERA PRODUCTION:

  • CosiFanTutte by BaselessFabric
  • Tosca by King’s Head Theatre
  • L’Incoronazione Di Poppea by Hampstead Garden Opera

TBC AWARD:

  • JOAN by Milk Presents
  • Prurience by Christopher Green
  • The Last Straw by People Show
  • Triple Threat by Lucy McCormick

 

To read more about the Offies, which are hosted at The Albany, Deptford on 4 March 2018, follow the awarding body on Twitter (@OffWestEndCom). To book tickets to the ceremony, visit their website