An actress who performed in St Albans' Roman Theatre Open Air Festival has been nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award - known as an Offie.

Emilia Harrild has been nominated for Supporting Performance in a Musical for her multiple roles in OVO's The Threepenny Opera, which made its outdoor debut at the Roman Theatre in September.

The production then moved to the outdoor Minack Theatre in Cornwall before a three-week indoor run at the Cockpit in London.

"It's such a lovely surprise!" Emilia said. "I feel both humbled and comforted in the knowledge that I'm doing something right! It has been a joy working with such a talented and kind team of performers and to be nominated for this award on top of my own experience of working with them is a privilege."

The Offies were set up to recognise, celebrate and promote the 'excellence, innovation and ingenuity' of independent theatres across London, and to reward new talent.

They are awarded in a number of categories, including individual and ensemble performances, writing, direction, design and technical productions.

Adam Nichols, OVO's artistic director who co-directed The Threepenny Opera with Julia Mintzer, said: "We’re very proud of Emilia’s achievement in being nominated for an Offie.


"As so often in Emilia’s previous appearances for OVO, she is a genuine triple threat in this show - playing the cello, singing and multi rolling as several different characters - so this accolade is appropriate recognition for an excellent performance."

The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, was written in 1928 and set in Victorian London, telling the story of notorious gangster Macheath - also known as Mack the Knife.

Among Emilia's roles was that of Lucy Brown, one of Macheath's love interests.

The 2024 Offies Awards will be held on Sunday, February 25, with the venue still to be confirmed.

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OVO operates both the Maltings Theatre and the Roman Theatre of Verulamium - with a £300,000 grant recently announced to create a new performance space at St Germain's Barn near Verulamium Park.