2021 Awards Ceremony

OffWestEnd offers a number of awards – the Offies for “full run” shows, the OffComms for short run shows, the OffFest for shows in theatre festivals, and the OnComm – a new award introduced in 2020 for online shows.  In addition, we make the occasional OneOff award to recognise special achievements.  Full information on our awards can be accessed via the menu tabs above.

For most of our awards, nominations are announced during each calendar year.  Finalists are then announced in January, and the winners announced at the Offies Awards Ceremony, held in February or March.  These ceremonies are normally held in a major OffWestEnd venue – in 2020, the ceremony was held in the wonderful Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre

The Offies Awards Ceremony 2021 was held online on Sunday 21 February 2021 and broadcast free via Scenesaver. 

Click HERE to watch a 5 min highlights video on our YouTube channel.

The full ceremony can be watched until the end of March 2021 – visit the Scenesaver website (www.scenesaver.co.uk) and search for “offies“.


The ceremony announced winners for each of the following awards – you can find a list of finalists & winners for each award by clicking on the name of the award below:

  • Offies – for live theatre (16 categories this year):
  • OffFest – for theatre in festivals (1 category this year):  
  • OnComms – for online theatre (13 categories):

The 2020 awardees for the OffComm award (for short run live shows) were acknowledged at the ceremony – click HERE for details.

The 2020 recipients of the OneOff (special award) were also acknowledged at the ceremony and, in addition, some new OneOff awards were announced – click HERE for details.

The ceremony also included selected clips / trailers from live and online shows in 2020.


Messages from the following were included during the event, and OffWestEnd is very grateful for their support and good wishes:

  Sadiq Khan – Mayor of London

  Michael Cashman – actor, parliamentarian, co-founder of Stonewall

  Dame Judi Dench – actor

  Julian Bird – Chief Executive, Society of London Theatre & UK Theatre

  Linda Marlowe – actor

  Matt Wolf – critic, International New York Times & UK Editor for Broadway World

  Su Pollard – actress, entertainer

  Paterson Joseph – actor, writer

  Heather Jeffery – London Pub Theatres

  Sir Nicholas Serota – Chair, Arts Council England

  Michelle Terry – actor & Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe

  Stephen Fry – actor, writer, presenter

  Sharon D Clarke MBE – actor

  Sam West – actor & Chair, National Campaign for the Arts

  Sonia Friedman – producer

  Brian Blessed OBE – actor, writer, explorer

  Louise Jamieson – actor, director

  Dame Maureen Lipman – actor


The Offies 2021 Awards Ceremony is sponsored by:



In addition, the Offies 2021 has received generous in kind support from



This year, the Offies awards ceremony has to be held online, hosted for free by Scenesaver. The event won’t generate any revenue, but there are still costs involved, because we intend to pay all creatives a fair fee for their work: creating the video for the event, design costs, production & posting of certificates for winners, etc.  We have a few sponsors (many thanks), but there is still a significant shortfall.

We would like to invite you to support the Offies 2021 by “buying a (virtual) round” for just £10 – though, as we all know, the show goes better if you buy a few rounds, so you are most welcome to buy a few (virtual) rounds to help ensure the show goes really well.

If you help by buying a round for £10 (or maybe a little more), please click HERE.

Many thanks!