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  • Sound no 1

    < All jobs Sound no 1 Application Deadline: 12 Jul 2024 Apply Now London, UK About the Role Sonia Friedman Productions is seeking applications for an experienced, Sound no 1 on the West End production of OEDIPUS, written and directed by Robert Icke. Candidates will require relevant hands-on professional experience in a management position: they should be able to lead a team and demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They should run a successful department and liaise with all other departments on the production and associated personnel. Candidates should be able to work calmly and efficiently under pressure as well as having strong organisational and time management qualities to ensure that the production runs efficiently and smoothly, and the Sound designs are maintained. Responsibilities include the preparation, rigging, maintenance and operation of the sound design. Ideal candidates would have experience in running radio mics and the operation of QLab. Experience working on a West End production is essential. We are committed to a workplace that embraces diversity and inclusion. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce.

  • New York’s Lyric Theatre Marquee Takes Flight Ahead of the Broadway Premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

    Back to News & Press New York’s Lyric Theatre Marquee Takes Flight Ahead of the Broadway Premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two Wednesday, 28 February 2018 With a design by the production’s Set Designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis , the building now features a 150 foot, 50,000 pound wing spanning from the theatre’s marquee up the side of the building. The iconic nest with child adorns the top of Lyric Theatre , overlooking 43rd Street. “It is a thrill to have the Lyric as a canvas, both inside and out, for our production,” said Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis . “One of the many gifts the Lyric Theatre provided us is over 200 feet of frontage on 43rd street, which includes the beautiful historic facade of the original 1903 building. The producers tasked us with taking advantage of this expanse of space with a visual gesture that relates to the show and connects the old facade with the rest of the newer (1996) facade. We drew inspiration from the wing artwork from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child poster art, and tried to translate that imagery into a large, metal installation on the side of the building, to serve as a beacon, a gathering spot, and a piece of public sculpture, here in the heart of Times Square.” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins preview performances on March 16, 2018 and the official opening is April 22, 2018 at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre . Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling , Jack Thorne and John Tiffany , Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne , directed by John Tiffany . The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings, or each part can be seen separately. Up Up

  • Mark Rylance won the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award!

    Back to News & Press Mark Rylance won the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award! Thursday, 19 May 2011 For his performances in two Broadway shows produced this season by Sonia Friedman Productions - LA BETE and JERUSALEM - Mark Rylance was recognised by the Drama League with the Distinguished Performance Award, the only award given by the League to any actor or actress in the entire Broadway season. The 77th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon were held on 20 May in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. Up Up

  • Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic this September

    Back to News & Press Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic this September Thursday, 28 July 2022 Joining the previously announced Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets, The Sessions, Mad About You) are Kirsten Foster (Life of Pi, The Sandman) as May, Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall, Superstore) as Don, Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pr;de) as Eli and Susan Kelechi Watson (This is Us, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) as Carina. Set against the backdrop of a mumps outbreak at a progressive private elementary school in California in 2017, Eureka Day is a satire on the quest for consensus; the central question of 'to vaccinate' or 'not to vaccinate' taking on a whole new meaning in 2022. The creative team are also announced with Set and Costume by Rob Howell , Lighting by Jon Clark , Sound by Donato Wharton , Video by Andrzej Goulding , Music by Jherek Bischoff , Casting by Jim Carnahan , Voice by Charlie Hughes-D'Aeth and Dialect by Penny Dyer . The Baylis Assistant Director is Aaliyah McKay . Eureka Day will play from 06 September to 31 October 2022 at The Old Vic. Up Up

  • Funny Girl Opens to Rave Reviews and extends West End run

    Back to News & Press Funny Girl Opens to Rave Reviews and extends West End run Friday, 4 December 2015 Following a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week, the smash hit production of Funny Girl extends its booking period at the Savoy Theatre due to popular demand. Michael Mayer’s “exhilarating embrace of a production – Independent” will now run until 10 September 2016 – marking the musical’s 50th anniversary year. Tickets for the extended booking period production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and “phenomenal talent – Independent” Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale today. “Sheridan Smith is one of British Theatre’s truly golden performers – a versatile star who thrills with her ability to be simultaneously touching and hilarious. Here she’s on glorious form.” Evening Standard With music by Jule Styne (whose musical Gypsy recently completed its award-winning run at the Savoy Theatre, starring Imelda Staunton), lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway smash which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, is revived with book revisions by Harvey Fierstein. Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice, who rose from being a Brooklyn music hall singer to become one of Broadway's biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedienne, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. With a score featuring now-classic songs such as "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man", “I’m the Greatest Star” and "Don't Rain on My Parade", this brand new production promises to be the must-see musical of 2016. Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice. She has previously won two Olivier Awards, the first for her leading role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Savoy, and the second for Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Other stage work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Michael Grandage (Noel Coward), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory and Duke of York’s Theatre), and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse). For her television work, she won a BAFTA for her performance in ITV’s Mrs Biggs. She has twice been nominated for an International Emmy, for Mrs Biggs and Cilla, for which she won the National TV Award and received a second BAFTA nomination. Other television includes The C Word, Inside Number 9, Black Work, The 7:39, The Scapegoat, Jimmy McGovern’s Accused, Jonathan Creek, Gavin and Stacey, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Love Soup and The Royle Family. Her film work includes The Huntsman (to be released in 2016), Quartet, Powder Room, The Harry Hill Movie, Tower Block, and Hysteria. Michael Mayer directs. His West End credits include Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre). For Broadway his work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical), Spring Awakening (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Musical) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical). For television, his work includes Smash and Alpha House, and for film his credits include A Home at the End of the World, Flicka and currently in post-production, Chekhov's The Seagull. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut with a celebrated new production of Rigoletto. Choreography is by Lynne Page, with set design by Michael Pavelka, costume designer by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound designer by Richard Brooker, the musical supervisor is Alan Williams and orchestrations are by Chris Walker. Up Up

  • Kings Charles III transfers to the Wyndham's Theatre

    Back to News & Press Kings Charles III transfers to the Wyndham's Theatre Wednesday, 21 May 2014 Tim Pigott-Smith will once again play Charles. The cast also includes Richard Goulding,Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. Further casting is to be announced. The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Mike Bartlett's controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. The production is playing to sell-out crowds at the Almeida Theatre until 31 May, and has received international critical acclaim. Directed by the Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, King Charles III is designed by Tom Scutt, composed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. King Charles III will be the fourth production to transfer from the Almeida Theatre to the West End with co-producer Sonia Friedman Productions, within the last year. Chimerica played to sell-out audiences at the Harold Pinter Theatre and won five Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Richard Eyre’s Ghosts played at the Trafalgar Studios from last December winning three Olivier Awards including Best Revival and Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed production of 1984, currently playing at the Playhouse Theatre, has just extended its run by five weeks until 23 August due to unprecedented demand. King Charles III is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Stuart Thompson Productions and the Almeida Theatre. Tickets for King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre will go on sale exclusively through the Almeida box office on 28 May and on general sale on 6 June Up Up

  • FANGIRLS Open Call Auditions

    Back to News & Press FANGIRLS Open Call Auditions Tuesday, 19 December 2023 The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre & Sonia Friedman Productions are looking for brilliant, charismatic, talented performers for the UK Premiere of smash-hit, multi-award-winning musical phenomenon FANGIRLS ! We are looking for performers who are very highly skilled in singing, dancing and acting with a playing age of 14-16 but who are 18+. This open call is specifically only for performers who are without professional representation . If you are interested in the production and have professional representation please ask your agent to submit you via Spotlight (to Casting Director Lotte Hines CDG). All diversity is welcome. Performers can be of any gender expression. We are especially interested in hearing from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK theatre industry such as people from the Global Majority, deaf and disabled people, trans and/or non-binary people, and people who have come into the industry through non-traditional routes. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will all take place at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London. In order to apply for this opportunity you must be: Over the age of 18 with a playing age of 14-16 Without professional representation Eligible to work in the UK Available for the following dates:Rehearsals: Monday 20 May 2024 – Saturday 13 July 2024 Preview performances: Saturday 13 July 2024 – Monday 22 July 2024 Press performance: Tuesday 23 July 2024 Performances: Wednesday 24 July 2024 – Saturday 24 August 2024 Group auditions will take place on Saturday 27 January & Monday 29 January 2024 at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. You must be available for at least one of these dates. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday 8 January 2024. We will contact you by Monday 22 January 2024 to let you know if you have been allocated a time and date for the audition. We will also let you know if you have been unsuccessful. If you have any questions or queries please email casting@lyric.co.uk Apply here . We look forward to hearing from you! Up Up

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammy Awards

    Back to News & Press Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammy Awards Wednesday, 20 November 2019 The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been nominated for Best Musical Theater Album alongside Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Oklahoma! The Grammy Awards will take place on 26th January at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Up Up

  • Shakespeares Globe Productions of Richad III & Twelfth Night to Transfer to West End

    Back to News & Press Shakespeares Globe Productions of Richad III & Twelfth Night to Transfer to West End Monday, 27 February 2012 Joining Rylance will be Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Samuel Barnett and Johnny Flynn. Tickets for the 13 week run at the Apollo Theatre go on sale today (27 February 2012). Further casting will be announced shortly. Designs are by Jenny Tiramani and music is by Claire van Kampen who along with Tim Carroll are the creative team behind the Globe’s original 2002 version of Twelfth Night. The productions, which will be designed using original Shakespearian practices, will run at the Apollo Theatre from 2 November 2012 – 3 February 2013. Press day will be on Saturday 17 November 2012 (Richard III at 1.30pm, Twelfth Night at 7pm). Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Shakespeare Road, 1001 Nights and Tulchin/ Bartner Productions present Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. Up Up

  • SFP productions and co-productions nominated for 21 Tony Awards

    Back to News & Press SFP productions and co-productions nominated for 21 Tony Awards Tuesday, 30 April 2024 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. We are thrilled that SFP productions and co-productions have been nominated for the following 21 awards: Merrily We Roll Along Best Revival of a Musical Best Direction of a Musical – Maria Friedman Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Jonathan Groff Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Daniel Radcliffe Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Lindsay Mendez Best Sound Design of a Musical – Kai Harada Best Orchestrations – Jonathan Tunick Patriots Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Michael Stuhlbarg Stereophonic Best Play Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Will Butler Best Direction of a Play – Daniel Aukin Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – Will Brill, Eli Gelb & Tom Peckina Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play – Juliana Canfield, Sarah Pidgeon Best Scenic Design of a Play – David Zinn Best Costume Design of a Play – Enver Chakartash Best Lighting Design of a Play – Jiyoun Chang Best Sound Design of a Play – Ryan Rumery Best Orchestrations – Will Butler and Justin Craig For the full list of nominees, please click here . Up Up

  • 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

    Back to News & Press 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 Tuesday, 14 May 2024 Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) today announces Tony award-nominee J. Smith-Cameron (Succession) will star as Juno Boyle opposite Mark Rylance as 'Captain' Jack Boyle in a new production of Sean O'Casey's timeless masterpiece, Juno and the Paycock, directed by Tony and Olivier award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical, Pride). 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. Juno and the Paycock sees Sonia Friedman, Matthew Warchus and Mark Rylance reunite following their acclaimed productions of Boeing-Boeing and La Bete. Further casting to be announced. The creative team is Rob Howell (Set and Costume Designer), Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Designer), Claire van Kampen (Composer) and Serena Hill CDG (Casting Director). Priority booking opens on Thursday 23 May, to DMT+ Members at 10am, and to those signed up for priority booking at 11am, with general booking opening on Friday 24 May at 10am. Individuals can sign up for priority booking here: www.JunoAndThePaycock.com As part of an ongoing commitment to make theatre accessible for as many people as possible, there are over 1100 tickets per week at £25 or lower, with 35% of the house for every performance priced at £55 or lower. Matthew Warchus said, "I have long been in love with this staggeringly great melodrama - a play which collides an Irish working-class domestic tragedy with some of the comedic bravura of the 1920s Music Hall in an unforgettable indictment of the chaos of civil war. I'm very excited to be embarking on my seventh collaboration with Mark Rylance, and my first with the brilliant American actress J. Smith-Cameron, on the 100-year anniversary production of this internationally acclaimed, strikingly relevant, Irish classic." J. Smith-Cameron said, "Juno and the Paycock is not simply a brilliant piece of theatre but an eternally relevant play so long as people must endure violent repression. The prospect of revisiting this work in the company of the great director Matthew Warchus and the truly legendary Mark Rylance absolutely floors me; I couldn't be more thrilled." Mark Rylance said, "It is a joy to be playing Sean O'Casey's masterpiece with J. Smith-Cameron, and to be doing so in its 100th anniversary year. I am also delighted to be reuniting with Matthew Warchus on what will be our seventh theatrical collaboration and with Sonia Friedman who has supported me in eight previous productions." Dublin, 1922, the Irish Civil War is tearing the nation apart. In the cauldron of the family's tiny tenement flat, Juno Boyle, a beleaguered matriarch whose sharp wit is a survival tool, struggles to make ends meet and keep the family together. Her husband, 'Captain' Jack Boyle, fancies himself a ship's commander but sails no further than the pub. When providence comes knocking with life changing news, could the family's troubles finally fade away? Poetic, poignant, and hilarious, Juno and the Paycock is a big-hearted, black-humoured, tragi-comic triumph that reflects on a mother's resilience in the midst of life's most trying moments. 'WHAT CAN GOD DO AGAINST THE STUPIDITY OF MEN?' Up Up

  • Sonia Friedman receives OBE for services to theatre

    Back to News & Press Sonia Friedman receives OBE for services to theatre Friday, 27 January 2017 Recognised in the Queen's 90th birthday honours list in June 2016, Sonia was presented with the award today at Buckingham Palace by HRH Prince Charles. Speaking after she was awarded the accolade by the Prince, Sonia said: "I was all cool about it until I walked down this carpeted corridor surrounded by Rembrandts and the history. "I'm very emotional, I've been crying actually... it's a very strange experience." Asked what the pair had discussed, she said: "He asked me if he could come to see Harry Potter. "He'd heard it was quite long and I said it's fine because you can nip back home for a cup of tea in between parts." Up Up

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