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Southwark Playhouse’s Titanic wins big at Off West End Theatre Awards

Titanic director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento with award presenter Linda Marlowe. Photo: Anthony Ofoegbu
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Southwark Playhouse’s presentation of a new chamber version of musical Titanic has won the most prizes at this year’s Off West End Theatre Awards, including best musical production.

The revival, which ran last summer and was produced by Danielle Tarento, received four gongs overall.

Cressida Carre picked up the best choreography prize for her work on the musical, and the show received nods in the best costume designer category – with David Woodhead winning here – and in the lighting design section, with Howard Hudson taking the prize. Both Woodhead and Hudson won for their work on the Arcola Theatre’s production of Lizzie Siddal as well.

At a ceremony held this evening at the Unicorn Theatre, Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the prizes for both best female performance and most promising new playwright for her one-woman show Fleabag, which ran at the Soho Theatre.

The awards, which are known as the Offies and recognise the work of independent theatre in London, saw Jamie Samuel win best male performance for Jumpers for Goalposts at the Bush Theatre.

Venues with double wins included the Gate Theatre, which scooped the best production and set design awards for Grounded, which was designed by Oliver Townsend. The Union Theatre also took two prizes with Michael Strassen named best director for musical Billy and artistic director Sasha Regan winning in the best producer category – a group in which she was the only nominee.

Meanwhile, best new play went to The Match Box by Frank McGuiness, which transferred to the Tricycle Theatre from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and Glasgow Girls at Theatre Royal Stratford East won the best new musical prize.

This year’s winners will for the first time be paired with an industry expert who will provide advice and guidance on their next career steps. Figures taking part this year include incoming National Theatre director Rufus Norris, Young Vic artistic director David Lan, producer Sonia Friedman and director Natalie Abrahami.

The list of winners in full is:

Best female performance

Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at Soho Theatre

Best male performance

Jamie Samuel for Jumpers for Goalposts at the Bush Theatre

Best new play

The Match Box by Frank McGuinness at the Tricycle Theatre

Most promising new playwright

Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at Soho Theatre

Best director

Michael Strassen for Billy at the Union Theatre

Best producer

Sasha Regan at the Union Theatre

Best artistic director

David Byrne at the New Diorama Theatre

Best lighting designer

Howard Hudson for Titanic (Southwark Playhouse) and Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre)

Best sound designer

Ben and Max Ringham for Ring at Battersea Arts Centre

Best set designer

Oliver Townsend for Grounded at the Gate Theatre

Best costume designer

David Woodhead for Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre and Titanic at Southwark Playhouse

Best choreographer

Cressida Carre for Titanic at Southwark Playhouse

Best ensemble

Simple8 for Moby Dick and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (both Arcola Theatre)

Best production

Grounded at the Gate Theatre

Best musical production

Titanic at Southwark Playhouse

Best new musical

Glasgow Girls at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Best opera production

Puppet Opera Triple Bill by Third Hand at the Rosemary Branch

Best production for young people

Cinderella at the Unicorn Theatre co-produced with Travelling Light and The Tobacco Factory

Egg by Cahoots NI at Polka Theatre

Best TBC production (for shows that do not fall within other categories)

Tomorrow’s Parties by Forced Entertainment at Battersea Arts Centre

Special panel award

The Yard

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