This has been a great year for fringe theatre, something which The Offies (aka The Off West End Theatre Awards) aims to celebrate. Organised by OffWestEnd.com, the Offie Awards Ceremony on Sunday 27 February 2011 will be helmed by Sir Simon Callow* and cover 17 categories. The full list of nominations is on the Offies' website and includes the productions listed below, all of whom we congratulate.
- Lulu at The Gate (Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance, Best Production, Best Director, Best New Play, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design)
- Charged at Soho Theatre (Best Female Performance, Best Producer, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design)
- HMS Pinafore at The Rosemary Branch (Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance, Best Set Design)
- Blue/Orange at The Arcola (Best Female Performance for each member of the cast, Best Set Design)
- The Country at The Arcola (Best Female Performance, Best Director)
- Grand Guignol at The Etcetera Theatre (Best Entertainment, Best Sound Design)
- Theatre Souk at 3-4 Picton Place (Best Production, Best Entertainment)
- One-on-One at BAC (Best Marketing Campaign, Best Entertainment)
- Boiling Frogs at Southwark Playhouse (Most Promising New Playwright)
- Matador/Theatre Souk (Best Male Performance)
- Ivan And The Dogs at Soho Theatre (Best Male Performance)
- Lifegame at The Lyric Hammersmith (Best Entertainment)
- Pieces of Vincent at The Arcola (Best Set Design)
- An Israeli Love Story at New End Theatre (Best Male Performance**)
- Ghost Stories at The Lyric Hammersmith (Best Marketing Campaign)
There are also eight awards up for grabs that the public can vote for including Favourite Male/Female Performance, Best Theatre Bar and Best Theatre Foodie Experience. You have until 31 December to cast your vote and winners will be announced at The Offie Award Ceremony.
* He never did get back to us with Oscar Wilde's fax number.
** Yes, yes, we know.