Offies 2021: Full list of Off West End Awards nominees

The winners were announced on 21 February.

Photo credit: Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson in The Last Five Years (Photo by Pamela Raith)

UPDATE: Winners at the 2021 Offies have been bolded (21 February).

Finalists for this year’s Off West End Awards have been announced, ahead of a ceremony in February. Nicknamed The Offies, the awards look to celebrate small-scale productions in London, with nods to 47 finalists.

For 2021, nominees for a brand new awards ceremony; the OnComm Awards will also be named. These awards will be given to online productions created as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Geoffrey Brown, OffWestEnd Director, said: “In spite of live theatre being closed for most of 2020, there were still some fantastic shows at the start of the year, and between lockdowns, and OffWestEnd is delighted that we are able to recognise and celebrate the best of this work.”

The full list of finalists for the Off West End Awards can be found below:

Musicals

Best Lead Performance

Frances Barber - Musik at Leicester Square Theatre
Carolyn Maitland - Rags at Park Theatre
Molly Lynch - The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse
Oli Higginson The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse

Best Director

Bronagh Lagan Rags at Park Theatre
Jonathan O’Boyle - The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse

Best Musical Director

Michael Bradley - Pippin at Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Joe Bunker Rags at Park Theatre
George Dyer - The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse

Best Production

LAMBCO Productions - Pippin at Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment - Rags at Park Theatre
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment - The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse

Best Supporting Performance

Beaux Harris - Blitzat Union Theatre
Rachel Izen Rags at Park Theatre
Dave Willetts Rags at Park Theatre

Plays

Best Lead Performance

James Demaine - Nuclear War | Buried | Graceland at Old Red Lion
Sam Crane - The Rage of Narcissus at Pleasance 
Jessica Rhodes - The Sugar Syndrome at Orange Tree Theatre

Best Director

Jim Pope - Can I Help You? at Omnibus Theatre
Lily McLeish - Scrounger at Finborough
Phoebe Barran - Tryst at Chiswick Playhouse
Evan Lordan - We Were Having A Perfectly Nice Time at Omnibus Theatre

Best New Play

Athena Stevens - Scrounger at Finborough
Sergio Blanco - The Rage of Narcissus at Pleasance
Sam Steiner - You Stupid Darkness! - Southwark Playhouse

Best Performance Piece

Lucy McCormick - Post Popular at Soho Theatre
Miguel Hernando Torres Umba - Stardust at Roundhouse
Daniel Ward - The Canary and The Crow at Arcola

Best Supporting Performance

Leigh Quinn -Scrounger at Finborough
Ali Barouti - The Sugar Syndrome at Orange Tree Theatre
John Hollingworth - The Sugar Syndrome at Orange Tree Theatre

Design

Best Lighting Design

Malcolm Rippeth - Afterplay at Coronet Theatre
Tom White - Macbeth at Wiltons Music Hall
Jamie Platt - The Last 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse

Best Scenic Design

Lucy Osborne - Afterplay at Coronet Theatre
Casey Jay Andrews - Lockdown Town 
Patrick Connellan - The Incident Room at New Diorama with Greenwich Theatre

Best Sound Design

Max Pappenheim - Sunnymead Court at Tristan Bates Theatre
Yaiza Varona - The Incident Room at New Diorama with Greenwich Theatre
Neil Bettles Petrichor at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Best Productions

Best Ensemble Performance

Joanne Clifton, Dan Krikler, Harry Francis, Tanisha Mae-Brown, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson - Pippin at Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Rachel Barnes, Laurie Jamieson, Nigel Taylor, Daniel Ward - The Canary and The Crow at Arcola
Stephanie Booth & Hannah Livingstone - We Were Having A Perfectly Nice Time at Omnibus Theatre

Best IDEA Performance

FK Alexander - I Could Go on Singing at Southbank Centre
Lucy McCormick - Post Popular at Soho Theatre, Johnson & Mackay & United Agents
Abraão Kimberley, Pedro Verissimo & 13 others - When It Breaks It Burns at Battersea Arts Centre

Best IDEA Production

I Could Go on Singing at Southbank Centre
The Lost Hours at Vault Festival
Sound Cistem / Plaster Cast Theatre at Vault Festival

Photo credit: Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson in The Last Five Years (Photo by Pamela Raith)

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