The Offies Awards

The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London. There is now a separate website for the Offies – www.offies.london – with a huge amount of Offies information:

  • A database of all nominations since 2010
  • Images (on the homepage) of the most recent nominations
  • A listing of the nominations for the current year (and for previous years)
  • Information on the annual Offies Awards ceremony, including images from previous events
  • Information on the annual People’s Vote
  • Detailed information on how to submit a show, including eligibility criteria for shows, a list of eligible venues, details of all Offies categories, and of the OffComm award for short run shows and the OffFest award for shows presented at festivals.
  • Information about becoming an Offies assessor.
 

The Offies cover a calendar year and the winners are announced in the spring of the following year.

The point of these awards – as with everything we do at OffWestEnd.com – is to help raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London by giving them greater power to promote their work individually and collectively and to reward the new talent that they nurture and that is essential to the future of our theatre industry.

Taking Part

To take part in the full run Offies awards, the production needs to have a minimum of 10 performances and the theatre needs to be a participating member of OffWestEnd.com.  The only exceptions to this criteria are the productions entered for the awards for shows for Young People, for Opera productions and for IDEA (shows which are Innovative / Devised / Experiential / Atypical) where we need a minimum of 4 performances over 4 days.

The theatre or the company (or their PR agency) needs to invite our assessors by emailing info@offwestend.com with the date of the press performance.  There are different guidelines for our awards for Young People, and for the OffComm and OffFest awards – visit the Offies website for more information about these. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT AN INVITATION TO ASSESS YOUR PRODUCTION NEEDS TO REACH US AT LEAST 21 DAYS BEFORE THE PRESS NIGHT OR WE WILL NOT HAVE THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO GUARANTEE ATTENDANCE – THANK YOU!

Participants

Around 100 theatres are eligible to participate in the Offies and our other awards, with more than 400 productions being considered throughout the year by over 40 assessors.

Offies nominations will be published on the Offies website as soon as possible after they are agreed.   At the end of the year, the nominations are considered by a panel of judges, who select around 90 finalists, which are announced in the first half of January.  Winners are then announced at the annual Offies Awards Ceremony held in February / March.

Apart from the Offies winners, the winners of the People’s Vote will also be announced at the ceremony – each November, the People’s Vote is announced and the public then have a couple of months to vote for their favourite theatre across 9 categories.

If you have any queries about the Offies, or OffComm or OffFest, please contact Geoffrey Brown on info@offwestend.com