Gounod’s La Nonne Sanglante by a Hungarian stage director Franciska Éry was nominated for an OffWestend award for Best Opera Production and Mae Heydorn (La Nonne) and Jack Roberts (Rodolphe) were nominated for their performances.
Gounod’s opera had been staged only once in France and once in Germany, and hadn’t been seen in the UK ever before. The story, based on Matthew Gregory Lewis’s The Monk, is both frightening and compelling, and the music is well-written and remarkably catchy.
The Offies (The OffWestEnd Theatre Awards) were set up to recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London and to reward the new talent that they nurture which is essential to the future of our theatre industry.
The point of the Offies 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.
The Offies are awarded in a number of categories that include individual and ensemble performances, writing, direction, design and technical production. Awards cover plays and musicals, as well as opera, theatre for young people, and new theatre forms such as devised, immersive and experiential work.