SONIA FRIEDMAN NAMED PRODUCER OF THE YEAR FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING
29 January 2016
Acclaimed West End and Broadway producer, Sonia Friedman, has been named Producer of the Year for the second year running at The Stage Awards 2016, becoming the first person to win the award twice.
It has been a remarkable year for Sonia, producing 19 productions over 2015, with hits including Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch at The Barbican, the award winning and critically acclaimed Bend it Like Beckham and the multi award-winning Sunny Afternoon which won 4 Oliver Awards in 2015 including Best New Musical, Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance and King Charles III in the West End, on Broadway and on tour . This year Sonia will produce the highly anticipated Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith at the Savoy Theatre and will collaborate with J.K. Rowling on the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II, in co-production with Colin Callender.
Speaking at The Stage Awards 2016, Sonia said, “It is a real honour to be given this award for the second year in a row. It is testament to the extraordinary hard work of all my team and the brilliance of the creative people we have worked with that this has been given to me. I want to take this opportunity to thank them all for what they do. I would also like to thank The Stage and everyone who voted for me again this year.”
As the world’s leading theatre publication, The Stage newspaper’s annual industry awards highlights the achievements by London, regional and fringe theatres as well as international achievements. The Stage Awards were held on 29 January at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.