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Southwark Playhouse rakes in 16 nods for Offies

Southwark Playhouse has received 16 nominations for the Off West End Awards, otherwise known as the Offies.

The venue got three times as many nods as its closest competitor for the awards, Theatre503, which received five nominations.

Rock ’n’ roll musical Teddy, which was staged at Southwark Playhouse, was the only nomination for best new musical – guaranteeing the show a win.

Olivia Poulet will contend with Gemma Whelan, Clare Higgins and Nadia Nadarajah for the best female prize, while best male will be contested between Matthew Tennyson, Rob Compton, Ian Gelder and David Fielder.

Robert Holman’s A Breakfast of Eels is nominated for best new play alongside Eventide by Barney Norris and I and the Village by Silva Semerciyan.

In addition, Paulette Randall, Luke Sheppard and Josh Seymour are all in the running to be named best director.

As part of the prize, the winner in each category will be mentored by a ‘patron saint’ with expertise in that field, in an attempt to help up-and-coming actors and theatremakers progress their careers.

Confirmed mentors include National Theatre director Rufus Norris, Young Vic artistic director David Lan and producer Sonia Friedman.

The winners will be revealed by awards host Ian McKellen, who will publish them on his Twitter account [1] on February 28 at 5pm.

To see the full list of nominations, click here [2].