London's theatreland is a hotbed of talent, spawning endless stars and scripts for Broadway and Hollywood. Big musicals may dominate the West End and box office receipts, but straight drama continues to thrive. These are the key people who make this city the global capital of theatre.
Sonia Friedman, Valiantly works against the trend by putting on new or very youthful plays in a West End where such things are regarded as risky. Friedman, sister of singer Maria, set up her own production firm in 2002 and has spread her tentacles to New York's Broadway. Recent hits include debut play That Face, written by 21-year-old Polly Stenham.
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