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    SFP NEWS The latest updates, announcements and news from Sonia Friedman Productions. 17 Jun 2024 SFP Productions take home 9 Tony Awards The 9 awards include Best Revival of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along and Best Play for Stereophonic. READ MORE 4 Jun 2024 THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA announces Broadway transfer Jez Butterworth’s new play The Hills of California, directed by Sam Mendes, will open on Broadway for a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre this fall. READ MORE 24 May 2024 First look rehearsal images released for MEAN GIRLS as TodayTix rush tickets announced Lorne Michaels, Sonia Friedman Productions, and David Ian for Crossroads Live - producers of MEAN GIRLS in the West End – are delighted to release the first look rehearsal images for MEAN GIRLS at the Savoy Theatre READ MORE 22 May 2024 First look trailer released for critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning smash-hit STRANGER THINGS: THE FIRST SHADOW as the show extends into 2025 due to unprecedented demand Netflix and Sonia Friedman Productions today release the first look trailer for the critically acclaimed world première production of Stranger Things: The First Shadow. With some of the groundbreaking theatrical special effects teased on film for the first time, the show announces an extension into 2025 at the Phoenix Theatre. READ MORE 14 May 2024 Sonia Friedman Productions announces new production of Seán O'Casey's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK starring J. Smith-Cameron and Mark Rylance, directed by Matthew Warchus The strictly limited run at the Gielgud Theatre opens on Thursday 3 October, with previews from Saturday 21 September, and will run until Saturday 23 November 2024. READ MORE 30 Apr 2024 SFP productions and co-productions nominated for 21 Tony Awards Congratulations to all Tony Award nominees in all categories. We are hugely proud of every person we have worked with onstage and off across all our Broadway productions and co-productions over the past year. READ MORE 25 Apr 2024 BUST and MILLIONS announced as part of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre's 56th Season The new season will feature award-winning plays, world premieres, and works developed for youth and families. READ MORE 22 Apr 2024 "STEREOPHONIC" extends by popular demand Stereophonic, will extend due to popular demand. Originally scheduled to run for only 14 weeks, the production will now play its final performance on August 18, 2024. READ MORE 20 Apr 2024 Peter Morgan Turns His Pen From ‘The Crown’ to the Kremlin His new play “Patriots,” now on Broadway, follows Putin’s rise to power and the Russian oligarchs who mistakenly thought he’d be their puppet. READ MORE 20 Apr 2024 Stereophonic opens to rave reviews Stereophonic is directed by Daniel Aukin and features original songs by Academy Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Will Butler, formerly of Arcade Fire. READ MORE LOAD MORE

  • SFP Productions take home 9 Tony Awards

    Back to News & Press SFP Productions take home 9 Tony Awards Monday, 17 June 2024 Sonia Friedman Productions took home the following 9 Tony awards last night: Best Revival of a Musical, Merrily We Roll Along Best Orchestrations, Jonathan Tunick, Merrily We Roll Along Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Along Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Along Best Play, Stereophonic Best Scenic Design of a Play, David Zinn, Stereophonic Best Sound Design of a Play, Ryan Rumery, Stereophonic Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, Will Brill, Stereophonic Best Direction of a Play, Daniel Aukin, Stereophonic Up Up


    Back to Productions BY THE BOG OF CATS This production began performances on 19th November 2004 and closed on 26th February 2005. ​ ​ In Hester Swane, Marina Carr has created a protagonist who echoes Medea, seemingly doomed to undergo similar trials as her ancient Greek forbear. ​ ​ By the Bog of Cats is a reworking of one of the most famous of the ancient Athenian tragedies, Medea by Euripides, which was first performed as far back as 431 BC. ​ ​ CAST HOLLY HUNTER – Hester Swane DARREN GREER – The Ghost Fancier SORCHA CUSACK – Monica Murray KATE COSRELLO – Josie Kilbride ELLIE FLYNN WATTERSON – Josie Kilbride CHLOE O'SULLIVAN – Josie Kilbride BARBARA BRENNAN – Mrs Kilbride BRID BRENNAN – Catwoman GORDON MACDONALD – Carthage Kilbride DENISE GOUGH – Caroline Cassidy TREVOR COOPER – Xavier Cassidy WARREN RUSHER – Young Dunne COLETTE KELLY – Waitress AOIFE MADDEN – Waitress PATRICK WALDRON – Father Willow ADAM BEST – Joseph Swane CREATIVES MARINA CARR – Playwright DOMINIC COOKE – Director HILDEGARD BECHTLER – Designer NICKY GILLIBRAND – Costume Designer JEAN KALMAN – Lighting Designer GARY YERSHON – Composer GARETH FRY – Sound Designer LIZ RANKEN – Movement Director LISA MAKIN – UK Casting

  • Pinter's Betrayal will open at Comedy Theatre in May

    Back to News & Press Pinter's Betrayal will open at Comedy Theatre in May Wednesday, 6 April 2011 Betrayal, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, will have its first preview at the Comedy Theatre on 27 May 2011 with press night on 16 June and is booking until 20 August 2011. “I’ve always rather liked Jerry. To be honest, I’ve always liked him rather more than I’ve liked you. Maybe I should have had an affair with him myself.” Sometimes you’ll find there can be three people in a marriage…… Over a period of nine years, we are shown the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire. Harold Pinter’s play explores how our loves and our losses echo and accumulate through time. Kristin Scott Thomas was last on stage playing Arkadina in Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre for which she won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, reprising the role on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater the following year. Her other theatre credits include Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters both for the Playhouse Theatre in London. Her extensive film credits include most recently Sous Ton Emprise, Une Femme Parfaite and Nowhere Boy as well as Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, the multi-award winning Gosford Park, The Horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels & Insects, for which she won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a supporting role and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. She has just finished filming Bel Ami and Salmon Fishing in Yemen, both due for release later this year. On television her credits include Gulliver’s Travels, Belle Epoque, Body and Soul, Weep No More My Lady and The Secret Life of Ian Fleming. Douglas Henshall was last on stage playing Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Cryptogram for the Donmar Warehouse, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, The Crucible for Sheffield Theatres, The Coast of Utopia for the National Theatre and American Buffalo for the Young Vic. He is best known on television for playing Nick Cutter in the long running ITV series Primeval. His other extensive television credits include Joe Astell in South Riding, Jim in The Silence and Conan Doyle in The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle, all for the BBC, Alex Gansa in Lewis and D.I. John Tolin in Collision, both for ITV and Daniel Nash in Psychos for Channel 4. His many film credits include Dorian Gray, French Film, Flying Lessons, Dead Long Enough, Ripley Underground, It’s all About Love, The Lawless Heart, This Year’s Love, If Only, Fast Food, The Big Man and Angels and Insects in which he starred alongside Kristin Scott Thomas. Ben Miles was last on stage playing the Duke in Michael Attenborough’s production of Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre. Previously his theatre credits included Tom in Matthew Warchus’ multi award-winning production of The Norman Conquests both at the Old Vic and on Broadway, My Child for the Royal Court, Bolingbroke in Richard II for the Old Vic, The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds and Mary Stuart for the National Theatre and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many television appearances include leading roles in Coupling, Lark Rise to Candleford, Freezing and Sex, The City and Me all for the BBC and Cold Feet for ITV as well as roles in Prime Suspect, Hustle, Sea of Souls and Trial and Retribution. His film credits include Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Affair of the Necklace and The Wings of a Dove. Written by Harold Pinter in 1978, the world premiere of Betrayal took place at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall with a cast comprising Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton and went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 1983 David Jones directed the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film of Betrayal with Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley. Born in 1930 in East London, playwright, screen writer, director, political activist and actor Harold Pinter wrote thirty-two plays, twenty-two screenplays and directed thirty-six theatre productions. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, and was awarded the Companion of Honour in 2002. His many awards include the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D'Honneur for Lifetime Achievement, the European Theatre Award and the Legion d’Honneur. In October 2006 Pinter performed Samuel Beckett’s monologue Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson. Harold Pinter was married to Antonia Fraser, with whom he lived from 1975 until his death in 2008. Ian Rickson most recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour which continues its run at the Comedy Theatre until 7 May 2011. Rickson was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4 and The Weir and Mojo both of which transferred to the West End and Broadway. He has directed Jez Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song as well as Jerusalem, which, following sell-out runs at the Royal Court and in the West End, will begin previews on Broadway on 2 April 2011 starring Mark Rylance. For the National Theatre he has directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still. Up Up

  • 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards wins

    Back to News & Press 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards wins Monday, 26 February 2018 Sonia Friedman was awarded the Equity Services to Theatre Award and Sonia Friedman Productions also collected 7 awards for recent productions and co-productions. At the awards ceremony, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was voted Best West End Show and Best Show Poster, while The Ferryman was awarded Best New Play, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Fra Fee ’s portrayal of Michael Carney in the original London cast. In addition to these, Hamlet was voted Best Play Revival, with Juliet Stevenson being awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Play. 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 , Sam Mendes, 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 Up Up

  • National Theatre Live to Broadcast Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt

    Back to News & Press National Theatre Live to Broadcast Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt Wednesday, 11 March 2020 Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (The Times), Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal), is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. A passionate drama of love, family and endurance, it’s Tom Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn’t ended yet. Leopoldstadt is the sixth collaboration between Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Stoppard and reunites Stoppard, director Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal) and Friedman who last collaborated on Travesties in 2017. The show is currently playing to critical acclaim in Wyndham Theatre in London’s West End where it runs until June 13th. To find your nearest cinema go to Up Up


    Back to Productions ROSMERSHOLM This production opened on 24th April and closed on 20th July 2019. ★★★★★ A production that sends you out into the night reeling under the impact of Ibsen’s tantalising masterpiece The Guardian An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm stands Rosmer’s home, the grand house of an influential dynasty. This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer – a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past. ★★★★★ This portrait of a community torn apart by conflicting ideologies could not be more pertinent or better performed Sunday Express Ian Rickson directs Tom Burke , Hayley Atwell and Giles Terera in the West End premiere of Duncan Macmillan ‘s startling new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen ’s gripping and piercingly relevant work of personal and political passion Rosmersholm . Rosmersholm is the tenth collaboration between Sonia Friedman Productions and director Ian Rickson (including The Birthday Party, Mojo, Old Times, Betrayal, Jerusalem ) and marks a second time working with award-winning writer and director Duncan Macmillan , who previously collaborated with Sonia Friedman Productions on the West End and Broadway run of 1984 , which he co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke. His other plays include People Places and Things which enjoyed huge success in London and New York. ★★★★ Grippingly modern. A treat Daily Telegraph CAST HAYLEY ATWELL – Rebecca West LUCY BRIERS – Mrs Helseth TOM BURK – John Rosmer JAKE FAIRBROTHER – Peter Mortensgaard GILES TERERA – Andreas Kroll PETER WIGHT – Ulrik Brendel GAVIN ANTONY – Ensemble EBONY BUCKLE – Ensemble PIERS HAMPTON – Ensemble MAUREEN HIBBERT – Ensemble ROBYN LOVELL – Ensemble ALIVE VILANCULO – Ensemble CREATIVES Adapted by DUNCAN MACMILLAN IAN RICKSON – Director RAE SMITH – Set and Costume Designer NEIL AUSTIN – Lighting Designer STEPHEN WARBECK – Composer GREGORY CLARKE – Sound Designer AMY BALL CDG – Casting

  • INK

    Back to Productions INK This production began performances on 9th September 2016 and closed on 9th January 2018. ★★★★★ A play for today. The blazingly talented James Graham has penned a super, soaraway smash. Daily Telegraph Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost. ★★★★ A gripping piece of theatre The Guardian Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink , written by James Graham (This House ) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III ), transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda ) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover ), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper. ★★★★ Rupert Goold’s production pulses with energy Evening Standard CAST OLIVER BIRCH RACHEL CAFFREY BERTIE CARVEL PEARL CHANDA JONATHAN COY RICHARD COYLE GEOFFREY FRESHWATER JACK HOLDEN JUSTIN SALINGER SOPHIE STANTON TIM STEED TONY TURNER RENE ZAGGER NATALIE LAW – Ensemble ANDREW MCDONALD – Ensemble JONNY MCPHEARSON – Ensemble OWEN OLDROYD – Ensemble JOEL SAMUELS – Ensemble CREATIVES JAMES GRAHAM – Playwright RUPERT GOOLD – Director BUNNY CHRISTIE – Designer NEIL AUSTIN – Lighting Designer ADAM CORK – Sound and Composition JON DRISCOLL – Video LYNNE PAGE – Choreography and Movement Direction ANNE MCNULTY CDG – Casting REBECCA FRECKNALL – Associate Director


    Back to Productions ALL MY SONS This production began performances on 20th June and closed on 25th September 2010. A classic production never to be forgotten The Daily Telegraph Set over a single day in 1947, Joe Keller ( David Suchet ) is a proud father and successful business-man who made his fortune during the Second World War. His wife Kate (Zoë Wanamaker) refuses to give up hope of their youngest son, Larry, returning home, having been reported missing in action 3 years previous. The arrival of Larry’s childhood sweetheart Ann Deever ( Jemima Rooper ) at the request of their eldest son Chris ( Stephen Campbell Moore ) threatens to expose a dark secret that will tear their lives apart. An all-star masterclass. A masterpiece The Times “There’s nothin’ he could do that I wouldn’t forgive. Because he’s my son. Because I’m his father and he’s my son... Nothin’s bigger than that.” All My Sons is Arthur Miller’s 20th-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. When Joe Keller places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others the consequences are painful and calamitous. Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions , Sonia Friedman Productions , Eric Falkenstein , Robert G/ Barnter and Norman Tulchin , Simon Meadow , and Dan Frishwasser present “ALL MY S You won’t find better performances in the West End right now than those of David Suchet and Zoë Wanamake Evening Standard CAST DAVID SUCHET – Joe Keller ZOE WANAMAKER – Kate Keller STEPHEN CAMPBELL MOORE – Chris Keller JEMIMA ROOPER – Ann Deever DANIEL LAPAINE – George Deever STEPHEN ELDER – Dr Jim Bayliss CLAIRE HACKETT – Sue Bayliss TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR – Frank Lubey OLIVIA DARNLEY – Lydia Lubey GABRIEL STEELE – Bert TED ALLPRESS – Bert TOM HOWARD – Bert CREATIVES HOWARD DAVIES – Director WILLIAM DUDLEY – Designer MARK HENDERSON – Lighting DOMINIC MULDOWNEY – Music PAUL GROOTHUIS – Sound


    Back to Productions RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA! This production first opened on 26th April 2022 and closed on 25th June 2022. ★★★★★ Punchy, playful & sexy. An absolute knockout! Daily Telegraph Oklahoma! tells a story of a community banding together against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Eightyyears after Rodgers and Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this visionary production is funny and sexy, provocative and probing, without changing a word of the text. A stunning reinvention. The best revival yet! Evening Standard This is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen it before, re-orchestrated and reimagined for the 21st century. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Daniel Fish ’s bold interpretation transfers to the Young Vic, direct from an acclaimed run on Broadway and a U.S. tour. The Bard SummerScape production of Rodgers & Hammerstein ’s Oklahoma! in association with Eva Price , Sonia Friedman Productions and Michael Harrison . So revitalised it might've been written yesterday The Guardian CAST ANOUSHKA LUCAS – Laurey Williams ARTHUR DARVILL – Curly McLain PATRICK VAILL – Jud Fry LIZA SADOVY – Aunt Eller MARISHA WALLACE – Ado Annie JAMES PATRICK DAVIS – Will Parker STAVROS DEMETRAKI – Ali Hakim RAPHAEL BUSHAY – Mike GREG HICKS – Andrew Carnes REBEKAH HINDS – Gertie Cummings ASHLEY SAMUELS – Cord Elam MARIE MENCE – Lead Dancer CREATIVES DANIEL FISH & JORDAN FEIN – Directors DANIEL KLUGER & NATHAN KOCI – Orchestrations and Arrangements JOHN HEGINBOTHAM – Choreography LAURA JELLINEK AND GRACE LAUBACHER – Set Designer TERESE WADDEN – Costume Designer SCOTT ZIELINSKI – Lighting Designer DREW LEVY – Sound Designer JOSHUA THORSON – Video/Projection Designer

  • Christopher Sieber to Join Harvey Fierstein in La Cage Aux Folles

    Back to News & Press Christopher Sieber to Join Harvey Fierstein in La Cage Aux Folles Tuesday, 8 March 2011 A two-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in Shrek and Spamalot, Christopher Sieber's Broadway credits also include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love and A Christmas Carol. His other New York stage credits include Off-Broadway's The Kid, Avow and The Boys in the Band. His television and film credits include "Morning Glory," "Pushing Daisies," "Johnny and the Sprites," "See You in September," "It's All Relative," "Two of a Kind," "Sex and the City," "Ed," "Guiding Light," "All My Children" and "Another World." Up Up

  • Sonia Friedman at Number 2 in The Stage 100 list

    Back to News & Press Sonia Friedman at Number 2 in The Stage 100 list Thursday, 7 January 2016 Sonia Friedman moves up one slot in The Stage 100 list to number two, behind Ambassador Theatre Group joint chief executives Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter who have topped The Stage 100 list for the seventh year in a row. Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) has been responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York. Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 140 new productions and has won numerous Olivier and Tony Awards, winning 6 at last year’s Olivier Awards - including Best New Musical and Best New Play - and a record-breaking 14 at last year’s Olivier Awards, including the quartet of Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Revival of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play. Last year Sonia co-produced the BBC TV adaption of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance, and Executive Produced the BBC production of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins. West End and Broadway productions include the UK premiere of The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, Farinelli and the King, Hamlet, Sunny Afternoon, Bend It Like Beckham, The Nether, The River, Electra, King Charles III, Shakespeare in Love, 1984, Ghosts, Mojo, Chimerica, Merrily We Roll Along, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Richard III, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Sunshine Boys, Hay Fever, Absent Friends, Top Girls, Betrayal, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, The Children’s Hour, A Flea in Her Ear, La Bête, All My Sons, Private Lives, Jerusalem, A Little Night Music, Legally Blonde, Othello, Arcadia, The Mountaintop, The Norman Conquests, A View from the Bridge, Dancing at Lughnasa, Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged, La Cage aux Folles, No Man’s Land, The Seagull, Under The Blue Sky, That Face, Dealer’s Choice, Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin, In Celebration, Boeing-Boeing, The Dumb Waiter, Rock ’n’ Roll, Love Song, Faith Healer, Bent, Eh Joe, Donkeys’ Years, Otherwise Engaged, Celebration, Shoot The Crow, As You Like It, The Home Place, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, By the Bog of Cats, The Woman in White, Guantánamo, Endgame, Jumpers, See You Next Tuesday, Hitchcock Blonde, Absolutely! {Perhaps}, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Ragtime, Macbeth, What the Night Is For, Afterplay, Up For Grabs, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Noises Off, On An Average Day, A Servant to Two Masters, Port Authority, Spoonface Steinberg and Speed-The-Plow. Forthcoming productions include Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, the UK tour of Sunny Afternoon and, with her co-producing partner, Colin Callender, collaborating with J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Up Up

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