It has been a remarkable year for Friedman, the highest riser in this year’s Stage 100. She is now firmly established as the West End’s – and, arguably, Broadway’s – key producer of ‘quality, serious theatre’. What made 2013 particularly special was that she also had her finger in the pie for the most successful new musical of the year, The Book of Mormon, and its most lauded – a revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She was a co-producer on both.
Her play output hasn’t slackened either, with a high-class revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, West End transfers of Almeida hits Chimerica and Ghosts, not to mention the US transfer of Mark Rylance’s Shakespeare double bill, which has been breaking house records on Broadway. This year will see her produce a stage adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s film Shakespeare in Love. It has the whiff of a sure-fire hit.
Sonia Friedman Productions is a subsidiary of the Ambassador Theatre Group – an arrangement that seems to be working well for both parties, as Friedman helps supply product for many of ATG’s venues.
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