Finborough and Landor lead Offies nominations
London fringe venues the Finborough and Landor lead the nominations for this year’s Off West End Theatre Awards, with seven nods apiece.
The shortlist for the Offies sees the Landor’s production of Ragtime in contention across four categories, while the Finborough is recognised for its productions of Accolade, Foxfinder, Mixed Marriage and FEN.
The best new play category, meanwhile, sees a three-way battle between a trio of subsidised producing houses – David Eldridge’s Knot of the Heart at the Almeida, Vivienne Franzmann’s Mogadishu at the Lyric Hammersmith and Tom Well’s The Kitchen Sink at the Bush.
Three leaders of fringe venues will vie for the best artistic director award – Neil McPherson at the Finborough, Robert McWhir at the Landor and Sasha Regan at the Union.
Elsewhere, Richard Jordan, Will Young and Ben Monks of Supporting Wall and Danielle Tarento will compete for the best producer prize.
The best ensemble category, which for the first time will be sponsored by The Stage, will see Mogadishu and Ragtime compete with Tell Them That I am Young and Beautiful at the Arcola.
The winners will be announced on February 5.
The nominations in full are:
Best male performance
Aden Gillett in Accolade at the Finborough
Trystan Gravelle in Honest at the Queen’s Head Pub
Michael Matus in The Baker’s Wife at the Union
David Wilson Barnes in Becky Shaw at the Almeida
Best female performance
Kelly Burke for Zelda in the Charing Cross Hotel
Vicky Campbell for I Am A Camera at the Rosemary Branch
Lisa Dillon for Knot Of The Heart at the Almeida
Vinette Robinson for Tender Napalm at the Southwark Playhouse
Best new play
Knot of The Heart by David Eldridge at the Almeida
Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann at the Lyric Hammersmith
The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells at the Bush
Most promising new playwright
Luke Barnes for Chapel Street at the Old Red Lion
Rob Hayes for A Butcher of Distinction at the Cock Tavern
Dawn King for Foxfinder at the Finborough
Henry Bell for Three Farces at the Orange Tree
Blanche McIntyre for Accolade at the Finborough
Robert McWhir for Ragtime at the Landor
Best lighting designer
Howard Hudson for Burlesque at the Jermyn Street, Ragtime and Hired Man at the Landor
Alex Wardle for Uncle Vanya at the Arcola
Phil Webb for Henry VI Part I at the Rose Bankside
Best set designer
William Dudley for Snake in The Grass at the Print Room
Ruth Sutcliffe for Kingdom of Earth at the Print Room
Takis for His Teeth at Only Connect
Best sound designer
Neil Alexander for Snake in The Grass at the Print Room
Carl Prekopp for Macbeth at the Crypt of St Andrew
Dave Price for FEN at the Finborough
Best costume designer
Richard Kent for Mixed Marriage at the Finborough
Vissey Safavi for I Am A Camera at the Rosemary Branch
Martin Thomas for Ragtime at the Landor
Joe Darke for Bound at the Southwark Playhouse
Drew McOnie for Dames at Sea at the Union Theatre
Lee Proud for Guys and Dolls at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Mogadishu (Cast of School) at the Lyric Hammersmith
Ragtime at the Landor
Tell Them That I am Young and Beautiful at the Arcola
Accolade at the Finborough
Knot of The Heart at the Almeida
Shalom Baby at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Best production for young people
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings at the Little Angel
Noah’s Ark at the Blue Elephant
Tin Soldier by Tangere Arts at the Unicorn
Sixty-six Books at the Bush and Westminster Abbey
This is Where We Got To When You Came In at the Bush
Sleeping Beauty at Above the Stag
Best new musical
Burlesque at the Jermyn Street
La Ronde at the Rosemary Branch
Little Women at the Lost Theatre
Best musical production
Parade at the Southwark Playhouse
Ragtime at the Landor
The Hired Man at the Landor
Best artistic director
Neil McPherson at the Finborough
Rob McWhir at the Landor
Sasha Regan at the Union
Richard Jordan of Richard Jordan Productions Ltd
Will Young and Ben Monks of Supporting Wall
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