The Offies Awards Ceremony 2021 was held online on Sunday 21 February. It was free to view and can be watched until the end of March 2021.
The winners of the 2021 Offies Awards were announced via a streamed event last Sunday.
The Offies are OffWestEnd’s main awards, where acknowledgments are given to the best shows presented before lockdown and the few who managed to go ahead with projects in the summer months.
Given the events of the past year, it is not surprising that this year the ceremony celebrated the creativity and resilience of numerous artists in fringe, alternative and independent theatre, especially in a time of crisis. These artists have found new ways to produce fresh and inventive work for thousands of stay-at-home audiences.
Streamed free by sponsor Scenesaver’s, and presented by OffWestEnd Director Geoffrey Brown, the event included many specially recorded messages of love and support from friends from the industry and beyond.
These included Brian Blessed, Sharon D Clarke, Dame Judi Dench, Sonia Friedman, Stephen Fry, Sadiq Khan and Michelle Terry, among several others.
Geoffrey Brown, Director of OffWestEnd, said: ‘What a wonderful night! So exciting to be able to celebrate all that has been happening in 2020, from live theatre through to innovative and imaginative new work online and to recognise the outstanding work of 2020.’
He continued by saying: ’I am also thrilled that so many individuals from the theatre sector were willing to give their time to send messages of support and congratulations – it just shows the importance of independent, alternative & fringe theatre, whether it is live or online.’
For full details of all finalists and winners, and more information about the awards all year round and how to take part, visit: https://offies.london/2021-awards-ceremony/
If you would like to watch the streamed event, you can do so via the Scenesaver website until 31 March 2021.