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Sonia Anne Primrose Friedman OBE (née Freedman; born April 1965)[1] is a British West End and Broadway theatre producer. On 27 January 2017 Friedman was named Producer of the Year for the third year running at The Stage Awards, becoming the first person to win the award three times.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theatre producer 2.2 TV producer

3 Theatre credits 4 TV credits 5 Awards 6 Olivier Awards 7 Tony Awards 8 Bafta Television Awards 9 The Stage Awards 10 Evening Standard Awards 11 Drama Desk Awards 12 Critics' Circle Awards 13 WhatsOnStage Awards 14 South Bank Sky Arts Awards 15 Personal life 16 References 17 External links

Early life[edit] Friedman is the youngest daughter of Clair Llewelyn Friedman (née Sims), a concert pianist, and the eminent Russian violinist Leonard Friedman, who was leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham and co-founder of many national institutions including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Baroque Ensemble.[2][3][4] Her father is from a Russian Jewish immigrant family and her mother is English.[5] Friedman was educated at several schools including St Christopher School, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, and trained as a stage manager at the Central School of Speech and Drama. It was after organising a couple of benefits for World Aids Day during the late 1980s (one of which saw over 200 celebrities working as shop assistants in Covent Garden) that she decided to follow a career as a theatre producer. Career[edit] Theatre producer[edit] After working at the National Theatre between 1988 and 1993 (fulfilling the various roles of stage management, Education Manager, Head of Education and Producer of Mobile Productions and Theatre for Young People), she co-founded the new writing theatre company Out of Joint in 1993 with Max Stafford-Clark. From 1998, Friedman worked as a producer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. She launched her own theatre company, Sonia Friedman Productions, in 2002. Friedman's productions have been nominated for and won numerous Olivier, Tony and other awards.[citation needed] At the 2014 Olivier Awards, Sonia Friedman Productions made Olivier Awards history by winning the most awards for any producer and for winning prizes for Best New Play (Chimerica), Best New Musical (The Book of Mormon), Best Play Revival (Ghosts) and Best Musical Revival (Merrily We Roll Along). Friedman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to theatre.[6] In 2017, Friedman won producer of the year at The Stage Awards for a third year (becoming the first person to win the award three times[7], and was listed as no. 1 on The Stage power list, the second solo female to hold this position in the award's history and becoming the first person to top the list that wasn't a theatre owner.[8] SFP productions and co-productions received an unprecedented 31 nominations in the 2017 Olivier Awards – including a record-breaking 11 for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the most nominated new play in Olivier history. The show went on to win 9 Olivier Awards – the most ever for one production.[9] In 2018, Friedman was awarded the Equity Services to Theatre Award at the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards.[10] TV producer[edit] In 2015, Sonia Friedman Productions co-produced two television dramas, the BAFTA Nominated The Dresser which aired on BBC Two and directly followed after SFP's partnership with Playground Entertainment on the six-part mini-series adaptation of Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' which also aired on BBC Two in January 2015 and won two BAFTA Television Awards in 2016. Theatre credits[edit]

Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1990) Tartuffe (1991) The Queen and I (1994) The Libertine (1995) Shopping and Fucking (1996) Blue Kettle / Heart's Desire (1997) The Steward of Christendom (1997) Three Sisters (1997) Spoonface Steinberg (1999) Speed the Plow (2000) Noises Off (2000) A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2001) Benefactors (2002) Up For Grabs (2002) Afterplay (2002) What the Night Is For (2002) Macbeth (2002) Ragtime (2003) A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2003), on Broadway Sexual Perversity in Chicago (2003) Absolutely! (Perhaps) (2003) Hitchcock Blonde (2003) See You Next Tuesday (2003) Jumpers (2003) Calico (2004) Endgame (2004) Guantánamo (2004) The Woman in White (2004) By the Bog of Cats (2005) Whose Life is it Anyway (2005) The Home Place (2005) As You Like It (2005) Shoot the Crow (2005) Celebration (2005) Otherwise Engaged (2005) The Woman in White (2005) on Broadway Donkeys' Years (2006) On the Third Day (2006) Eh Joe (2006) Bent (2006) Faith Healer (2006), on Broadway; nominated for a Best Revival Tony Award Love Song (2006) Rock 'n' Roll (2006) King of Hearts (2007) The Dumb Waiter (2007) Boeing-Boeing (2007) In Celebration (2007) Rock 'n' Roll (2007), on Broadway Is He Dead? (2007), on Broadway Donkeys' Years (2007) Hergé's Adventures of Tintin, a musical version of Tintin in Tibet (2007) Dealer's Choice (2007) Boeing-Boeing (2008), in Australia Boeing-Boeing (2008), on Broadway That Face (2008) Under the Blue Sky (2008) The Seagull (2008), on Broadway No Man's Land (2008) La Cage Aux Folles (2008) Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged (2008) Boeing-Boeing (2009), UK tour Dancing at Lughnasa (2009) A View from the Bridge (2009) A Little Night Music (2009) The Norman Conquests (2009), on Broadway The Mountaintop (2009) Arcadia (2009) Othello (2009) Prick Up Your Ears (2009) After Miss Julie (2009), on Broadway Legally Blonde (2009) A Little Night Music, on Broadway (2009) Jerusalem (2010) Private Lives (2010) The Prisoner of Second Avenue (2010) All My Sons (2010) A View from the Bridge (2010), on Broadway Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita (2010) La Bete (2010), and on Broadway A Flea in Her Ear (2010) La Cage Aux Folles (2010) on Broadway The Children's Hour (2011) Clybourne Park (2011) Arcadia (2011), on Broadway Jerusalem (2011), on Broadway The Book of Mormon (2011), on Broadway Much Ado About Nothing (2011) Betrayal (2011) Top Girls (2011) La Cage Aux Folles (2011–12), US tour The Mountaintop (2011), on Broadway Jerusalem (2011–2012) Master Class (2012) Absent Friends (2012) Hay Fever (2012) Death of a Salesman (2012), on Broadway Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012–2013), on Broadway The Sunshine Boys (2012) A Chorus of Disapproval (2012–2013) Richard the Third (2012–2013) Twelfth Night (2012–2013) Old Times (2013) The Book of Mormon (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) Merrily We Roll Along (2013) Chimerica (2013) The Sunshine Boys (2013), Los Angeles Twelfth Night & Richard III (2013), on Broadway Mojo (2013) Ghosts (2013) 1984 (2013) Shakespeare in Love (2014) King Charles III (2014) Electra, Frank McGuinness translation (2014) Sunny Afternoon (2014) The River (2014), on Broadway The Nether (2014) Ghosts (2013), New York Bend It Like Beckham (2015) 1984 (2015) Hamlet (2015) Farinelli and The King (2015) King Charles III (2015), on Broadway A Christmas Carol (2015) Funny Girl (2016) 1984 (2016) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016, 2017, 2018) Sunny Afternoon UK Tour (2016) Nice Fish (2016) Dreamgirls (2016, 2017, 2018) The Glass Menagerie (2017) Travesties (2017) Funny Girl UK Tour (2017) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017) The Ferryman (2017), at Royal Court Theatre Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (2017) The Ferryman (2017, 2018), at Gielgud Theatre Hamlet (2017), at Harold Pinter Theatre 1984 (2017), New York Ink (2017/2018), at Duke of Yorks Theatre Farinelli and the King (2017, 2018), in New York The Birthday Party (2018), at Harold Pinter Theatre Mean Girls (2018), in New York Travesties (2018), in New York Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2018) in New York Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2019) in Melbourne The Ferryman (2018), at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York The Jungle (2018), at Playhouse Theatre Consent (2018), at the Harold Pinter Theatre

TV credits[edit]

Wolf Hall (2015) The Dresser (2015) King Lear (2018)

Awards[edit] Following is a selection of the awards won by Sonia Friedman and SFP's productions or co-productions. Olivier Awards[edit]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Best New Play, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, John Tiffany, Best Director, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jamie Parker, Best Actor, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Noma Dumezweni, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Anthony Boyle, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Neil Austin, Best Lighting Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Gareth Fry, Best Sound Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Katrina Lindsay, Best Costume Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Christine Jones, Best Set Design, 2017 Dreamgirls, Amber Riley, Best Actress in a Musical, 2017 Dreamgirls, Adam J Bernard, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, 2017 Oresteia, Robert Icke, Best Director, 2016 Sunny Afternoon, Best New Musical, 2015 Sunny Afternoon, John Dagleish, Best Actor in a Musical, 2015 Sunny Afternoon, George Maguire, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, 2015 Sunny Afternoon, Ray Davis, Outstanding Achievement in Music, 2015 The Nether, Es Devlin, Best Set Design, 2015 King Charles III, Best New Play, 2015 The Book of Mormon, Best New Musical, 2014 The Book of Mormon, Gavin Creel, Best Actor in a Musical, 2014 The Book of Mormon, Stephen Ashfield, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, 2014 The Book of Mormon, Casey Nicholaw, Best Theatre Choreography, 2014 Chimerica, Best New Play, 2014 Chimerica, Lyndsey Turner, Best Director, 2014 Chimerica, Es Devlin, Best Set Design, 2014 Chimerica, Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross, Best Lighting Design, 2014 Chimerica, Carolyn Downing, Best Sound Design, 2014 Ghosts, Best Revival, 2014 Ghosts, Lesley Manville, Best Actress, 2014 Ghosts, Jack Lowden, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Merrily We Roll Along, Best Musical Revival, 2014 Merrily We Roll Along, Gareth Owen, Best Sound Design, 2014 Legally Blonde, Best New Musical, 2011 Legally Blonde, Sheridan Smith, Best Actress in a Musical, 2011 Legally Blonde, Jill Halfpenny, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, 2011 The Mountaintop, Best New Play, 2010 Jerusalem, Mark Rylance, Best Actor in a Play, 2010 Jerusalem, Ultz, Best Set Design, 2010 La Cage Aux Folles, Best Musical Revival, 2009 La Cage Aux Folles, Douglas Hodge, Best Actor in a Musical, 2009 Rock 'n' Roll, Rufus Sewell, Best Actor in a Play, 2007 Woman in White, Mick Potter, Best Sound Design, 2005 Hitchcock Blonde, William Dudley, Best Set Design, 2004 Ragtime, Maria Friedman, Best Actress in a Musical, 2004

Tony Awards[edit]

A View from the Bridge, Best Revival of a Play, 2016 Humans, Best Play, 2016 A Raisin in the Sun, Best Revival of a Play, 2014 Nice Work If You Can Get It, Judy Kaye, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, 2012 Nice Work If You Can Get It, Michael McGrath, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, 2012 Death of a Salesman, Best Revival of a Play, 2012 Death of a Salesman, Mike Nichols, Best Direction of a Play, 2012 The Book Of Mormon, Best Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, Best Book of a Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, Best Original Score, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, Best Direction of a Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Larry Hochman & Stephen Oremus, Best Orchestrations, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Scott Pask, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Brian MacDevitt, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Brian Ronan, Best Sound Design of a Musical, 2011 The Book Of Mormon, Nikki M. James, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, 2011 Jerusalem, Mark Rylance, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, 2011 La Cage Aux Folles, Best Revival of a Musical, 2010 La Cage Aux Folles, Douglas Hodge, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, 2010 La Cage Aux Folles, Terry Johnson, Best Direction of a Musical, 2010 A Little Night Music, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, 2010 A View From the Bridge, Scarlett Johansson, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, 2010 The Norman Conquests, Best Revival of a Play, 2009 Boeing-Boeing, Best Revival of a Play, 2008 Boeing-Boeing, Mark Rylance, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, 2008 Faith Healer, Ian McDiarmid, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, 2006 Noises Off, Katie Finneran, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, 2002

Bafta Television Awards[edit] Drama Series, Wolf Hall, 2016 Leading Actor, Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall, 2016 The Stage Awards[edit] Producer of the year, Sonia Friedman, 2017 Producer of the year, Sonia Friedman, 2016 Producer of the year, Sonia Friedman, 2015 Evening Standard Awards[edit]

The Ferryman, Best Play, 2017 The Ferryman, Sam Mendes, Best Director, 2017 The Ferryman, Tom Glynn-Carney, Emerging Talent, 2017 Dreamgirls, Amber Riley, Best Musical Performance, 2017 Ink, Best Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Best Play, 2016 Oresteia, Robert Icke, Best Director, 2015 All My Sons, Howard Davies, Best Director, 2010 Jerusalem, Best Play, 2009 Jerusalem, Mark Rylance, Best Actor, 2009 Othello, Lenny Henry, Outstanding Newcomer, 2009 That Face, Polly Stenham, Most Promising Playwright, 2007 Home Place, Brian Friel, Best Play, 2005

Drama Desk Awards[edit]

Nice Work If You Can Get It, Joe DiPietro, Outstanding Book of a Musical, 2012 Nice Work If You Can Get It, Judy Kaye, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, 2012 Nice Work If You Can Get It, Michael McGrath, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, 2012 Death of a Salesman, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2012 Death of a Salesman, Mike Nichols, Outstanding Director of a Play, 2012 The Book of Mormon, Outstanding Musical, 2011 The Book of Mormon, Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, Outstanding Director of a Musical, 2011 The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, Outstanding Music, 2011 The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, Outstanding Lyrics, 2011 La Cage aux Folles, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, 2010 La Cage aux Folles, Douglas Hodge, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, 2010 La Cage aux Folles, Matthew Wright, Outstanding Costume Design, 2010 A Little Night Music, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, 2010 A View From the Bridge, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2010 A View From the Bridge, Liev Schreiber, Outstanding Actor in a Play, 2010 The Norman Conquests, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2009 The Norman Conquests, Matthew Warchus, Outstanding Director, 2009 The Norman Conquests, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, 2009 Boeing-Boeing, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2008 Boeing-Boeing, Mark Rylance, Outstanding Actor in a Play, 2008 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Eddie Izzard, Outstanding Actor in a Play, 2003

Critics' Circle Awards[edit]

The Ferryman, Best New Play, 2018 Hamlet, Best Shakespearean Performance, Andrew Scott, 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Best Director, John Tiffany, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Best Designer, Christine Jones, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Most Promising Newcomer, Anthony Boyle, 2017 Bend It Like Beckham, Best Musical, 2016 King Charles III, Best New Play, 2014 Chimerica, Best New Play, 2013 Merrily We Roll Along, Best Musical, 2012 All My Sons, Best Actor, David Suchet, 2011 Clybourne Park, Best New Play, 2011 Jerusalem, Best New Play, 2010 Jerusalem, Mark Rylance, Best Actor, 2010 La Cage Aux Folles, Best Musical, 2009

WhatsOnStage Awards[edit]

Sonia Friedman, Equity Services to Theatre Award, 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Best West End Show, 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Best Show Poster, 2018 The Ferryman, Best New Play, 2018 The Ferryman, Best Direction, 2018 The Ferryman, Fra Fee, Best Supporting Actor in a Play, 2018 Hamlet, Best Play Revival, 2018 Hamlet, Juliet Stevenson, Best Supporting Actress in a Play, 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Best New Play, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jamie Parker, Best Actor in a Play, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Anthony Boyle, Best Supporting Actor in a Play, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Noma Dumezweni, Best Supporting Actress in a Play, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, John Tiffany, Best Direction, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Christine Jones, Best Set Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Neil Austin, Best Lighting Design, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Finn Ross and Ash Woodward, Best Video Design, 2017 Dreamgirls, Amber Riley, Best Actress in a Musical, 2017 Funny Girl, Best Musical Revival, 2017 Hamlet, Best Play Revival, 2016 Hamlet, Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Actor in a Play, 2016 Hamlet, Es Devlin, Best Set Design, 2016 Hamlet, Jane Cox, Best Lighting Design, 2016 Shakespeare in Love, Best New Play, 2015 The Book of Mormon, Best New Musical, 2014 Twelfth Night, Stephen Fry, Best Supporting Actor in a Play, 2013 Richard III & Twelfth Night, The IMAIL Best Ensemble Performance, 2013 Twelfth Night, Best Shakespearean Production, 2013 Much Ado About Nothing, David Tennant and Catherine Tate reuniting on stage, Theatre Event of the Year, 2012 Much Ado About Nothing, Best Shakespearean Production, 2012 All My Sons, Zoe Wanamaker, Best Actress in a Play, 2011 All My Sons, David Suchet, Best Actor in a Play, 2011 Legally Blonde, Sheridan Smith, Best Actress in a Musical, 2011 Legally Blonde, Jill Halfpenny, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, 2011 Shirley Valentine, Meer Syal, Best Solo Performance, 2011 Legally Blonde, by Nell Benjamin, Lawrence O’Keefe & Heather Hach, Best New Musical, 2011 Legally Blonde, Jerry Mitchell, Best Choreographer, 2011 La Cage Aux Folles, John Barrowman, Best Takeover Role, 2010 Jerusalem, by Jez Butterworth, Best New Play, 2010 La Cage Aux Folles, Tracie Bennett, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, 2009 Under The Blue Sky, by David Eldridge, Best New Play, 2009 La Cage Aux Folles, Lynne Page, Best Choreographer, 2009 The Dumb Waiter, Lee Evans, Best Supporting Actor, 2008 Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Tom Stoppard, Best New Play, 2007 Rock ‘n’ Roll, Trevor Nunn, Best Director, 2007 Otherwise Engaged, Anthony Head, Best Supporting Actor, 2006 The Woman in White, Michael Ball, Best Takeover Role, 2006 The Woman in White, Maria Freidman, Best Actress in a Musical, 2005 The Woman in White, Angela Christian, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, 2005 The Woman in White, Michael Crawford, Best Actor in a Musical, 2005 The Woman in White, Trevor Nunn, Best Director, 2005 The Woman in White, William Dudley, Best Set Designer, 2005 What the Night Is For, Gillian Anderson, Best Actress in a Play, 2003 Up For Grabs, Sian Thomas, Best Supporting Actress in a Play, 2003 Up For Grabs, Madonna’s West End debut, Theatre Event of the Year, 2003 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Victoria Hamilton, Best Actress in a Play, 2002 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Best Play Revival, 2002

South Bank Sky Arts Awards[edit]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 2017 King Charles III, 2015

Personal life[edit] She is the younger sister of director/actress/singer Maria Friedman, violinist Richard Friedman and Dr Sarah Beecham. Her younger (half) brother, Ben, is a television director (currently[when?] director / producer of The Great British Bake Off). Sonia lives with the writer Joe Murphy in their East End pub and they have two dogs. References[edit]

^ "Ms Sonia Anne Primrose Friedman – free company director check. Companies House Information". Company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  ^ "Time line credits and biography – About Maria Friedman". Aboutmaria.com. 19 March 1960. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  ^ Maria Friedman (9 December 2005). "Maria Friedman Q&A". Broadway.com (Interview: transcript). Interview with David Drake. Retrieved 19 February 2009.  ^ "Radio interview Woman's Hour – About Maria Friedman". Aboutmaria.com. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  ^ Theatre Features. "Sonia Friedman: 'There's nothing wrong with wearing pretty clothes and lipstick – and still being a strong woman'". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B12.  ^ https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/sonia-friedman-bags-producer-year-hat-trick-stage-awards/ ^ https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/the-stage-100-harry-potter-producer-sonia-friedman-claims-top-spot-in-2017-theatre-power-list/ ^ https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/olivier-awards-2017-nominations-in-numbers/ ^ http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/whatsonstage-awards-critical-public-vote-2018_45868.html

External links[edit]

Sonia Friedman Productions Out of Joint Theatre Gardner, Lyn (19 May 2006). "The Guardian profile: Sonia Friedman". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2009.  Sonia Friedman on IMDb "Sonia Friedman in London". The Guardian. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2009.  Shoard, Catherine (31 August 2004). "Backstage controller". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2009.

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