Winners of the Offies 2020 Awards, held at Battersea Arts Centre, have been announced. It was the tenth anniversary year of the awards presented by Off West End.
In 2019, Offies assessors saw around 400 shows across Greater London and made over 400 nominations covering 189 shows at 58 venues.
In the Plays categories it was a big night for English Touring Theatre’s Equus at Theatre Royal Stratford East with the production winning for Best Director: Plays (Ned Bennett), Best Production (Plays) and Lighting Design (Jessica Hung Han Yun).
Elsewhere, Dylan Coburn Gray won the Most Promising New Playwright Award for CitySong at Soho Theatre and Best New Play was named as Wolfie at Theatre503 by Ross Willis. Actor honours included Gemma Barnett for A Hundred Words for Snow at the Trafalgar Studios and Cary Crankson for Country Music at the Omnibus Theatre. In the Supporting categories, there were wins for John Sackville in Go Bang Your Tambourine at the Finborough Theatre and Marina Baye for her performance in the Coronet Theatre’s The Lady from the Sea.
It turned out to be quite a weekend for Oti Mabuse, following her victory in BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer with a win in the Choreography/Movement category for her work on Ain’t Misbehavin at the Southwark Playhouse. Two other productions at the same venue also did well: Jerome Pradon as best Male in a Supporting in a Musical for Aspects of Love and the Performance Ensemble award went to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
There were two wins for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Union Theatre (Ashlee Young in the Female in a Supporting Role in a Musical category and best musical production). Best new musical went to Amour at the Charing Cross Theatre which also won for its costumes designs (Adrian Gee).
There was a double whammy for Thrill Me at the Hope Theatre, with lead actors Bart Lambert and Jack Reitman both winning awards, while Jeannette Bayardelle was recognised for her work in Shida at the Vaults (Female Performance in a Musical). Best Director (Musicals) was Bill Buckhurst for the well-received Ghost Quartet at the newly-opened Boulevard Theatre.
Special awards acknowledged producer Tobi Kyeremateng, Bunker Theatre artistic director Chris Sonnex, with special achievement awards going to founders of London’s Arcola Theatre, Mehmet Ergen and Leyla Nazli.
The Best Opera Production Award was presented by My Theatre Mates founder Terri Paddock.
Offies 2020 Awards
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Jack Studio Theatre
All The Little Lights
Napoli 44 (Compagnia Francesca Caprioli)
Productions For Young People
The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go!, Unicorn Theatre
Snow White, Chickenshed
Crowded, Half Moon Theatre
Musicals and Opera
Oti Mabuse, Ain’t Misbehavin at Southwark Playhouse
Female in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Ashlee Young, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Union Theatre
Male in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Jerome Pradon, Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse
Female Performance in a Musical
Jeannette Bayardelle, Shida, Vaults
Male Performance in a Musical
Bart Lambert, Thrill Me at the Hope Theatre
Jack Reitman, Thrill Me at the Hope Theatre
Amour, Charing Cross Theatre
Jordan Li-Smith, Queen of the Mist at Jack Studio Theatre/Charing Cross Theatre
Bill Buckhurst, Ghost Quartet at Boulevard Theatre
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Union Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at Greenwich Theatre
HMS Pinafore at Charles Court Opera, King’s Head
Adrian Gee, Amour at Charing Cross Theatre
Diego Pitarch, Night of the Living Dead at Live! Pleasance
Matt Eaton, All’s Well That Ends Well, Guildford Shakespeare Co at Jermyn Street Theatre
Jessica Hung Han Yun, Equus, English Touring Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Ben Bull, Baby Reindeer at Bush Theatre
Sex Sex Men Men, Pecs Drag Kings at Yard Theatre
Queens Of Sheba at Battersea Arts Centre
Operation Mincemeat at New Diorama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Southwark Playhouse
Most Promising New Playwright
Dylan Coburn Gray, CitySong at the Soho Theatre
Ross Willis, Wolfie at Theatre503
Female in a Supporting Role in a Play
Marina Bye, The Lady from the Sea at the Coronet Theatre
Male in a Supporting Role in a Play
John Sackville, Go Bang Your Tambourine at the Finborough Theatre
Female Performance in a Play
Gemma Barnett, A Hundred Words for Snow at Trafalgar Studios 2
Male Performance in a Play
Cary Crankson, Country Music at the Omnibus Theatre
Ned Bennett, Equus, English Touring Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Equus, English Touring Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Tobi Kyeremateng, Chris Sonnex, Mehmet Ergen and Leyla Nazli (Special Achievement)