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  • The Ferryman wins Best New Play at the 2018 Critics' Circle Awards

    Back to News & Press The Ferryman wins Best New Play at the 2018 Critics' Circle Awards Tuesday, 30 January 2018 We are thrilled to announce that The Ferryman has been awarded Best New Play at the 2018 Critics’ Circle Awards. Andrew Scott was also honoured with an award for Best Shakespearean performance, for his incredible lead performance in Hamlet. Following unanimous critical acclaim and widespread demand for tickets, Jez Butterworth ’s epic play is booking to 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre . Directed by Sam Mendes , the play premiered at the Royal Court, becoming the fastest-selling show in the theatre’s history. Andrew Scott was also awarded Best Shakesperean Performance at this year’s Critics’ Circle Awards for his beautiful and stunning performance in Hamlet , both at the Almeida and then the Harold Pinter Theatre. Up Up

  • Drama Desk Awards announced

    Back to News & Press Drama Desk Awards announced Sunday, 23 May 2010 LA CAGE AUX FOLLES received three awards: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright). A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE was named Outstanding Revival of a Play and Liev Schreiber was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Play. Catherine Zeta-Jones won Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her role in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (tied with Montego Glover for MEMPHIS). Up Up

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  • Sonia Friedman: "None of my success is down to luck"

    Back to News & Press Sonia Friedman: "None of my success is down to luck" Tuesday, 4 April 2017 The Olivier Awards, theatreland’s equivalent of the Oscars, are fast approaching. At the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, the stars will be out in force, social media will be a-twitter. But all eyes in particular will be on Sonia Friedman, the 51-year-old producer who has emerged in the past year as almost a star in her own right: the most sought-after, talked-about, in-vogue weaver of theatrical magic in Britain thanks to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , very much her “baby” (albeit she must share the credit with co-producer Colin Callender, and, it goes without saying the creative team of playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and one J.K. Rowling). Read the full article on the Telegraph's website . Up Up

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at Drama League Awards

    Back to News & Press Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at Drama League Awards Thursday, 17 May 2018 The 84th Annual Drama League Awards were held on May 18, 2018, at the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was awarded Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Up Up

  • Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in new play, Bakersfield Mist

    Back to News & Press Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in new play, Bakersfield Mist Friday, 24 January 2014 Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid will star in new play, Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, directed by Polly Teale, which will open at the Duchess Theatre on 27 May, with previews from 10 May 2014. Inspired by true events, this new play by Stephen Sachs asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Bakersfield Mist marks the return to the London stage of multi award-winner Kathleen Turner for the first time since her tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She will play opposite Olivier and Tony award-winner Ian McDiarmid (Life of Galileo, Faith Healer) directed by Evening Standard award-winner, Polly Teale. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover. Kathleen Turner said “The shock and humour of diametrically opposed cultures with the transformative power of art – pure joy." Ian McDiarmid said "I liked the idea and comic potential of two passionately opinionated cultural opposites engaged in a life-changing battle for the soul of a great painter." Kathleen Turner plays Maude. Turner has garnered much critical acclaim for her starring performances on the big screen in a wide variety of films such as: Body Heat (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor (winning a Golden Globe Award for each), Peggy Sue Got Married (which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination), and War of the Roses (which also received another Golden Globe nomination). Turner's extensive film credits also embrace The Man with Two Brains with Steve Martin, Jewel of the Nile with Michael Douglas, The Accidental Tourist, V.I. Warshawski, John Waters' Serial Mom, Naked in New York, Moonlight and Valentino, The Real Blonde and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Recent screen work includes the major recurring role of Sue Collini on Showtime’s hit series, Californication, as well as the starring role in the independent film The Perfect Family. In 2014 she will star in the eagerly anticipated sequel Dumb and Dumber To, alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Turner’s extensive stage work includes starring roles on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (for which she received a Tony nomination) and Indiscretions, as well as The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which both ran on Broadway and the West End (the latter earning her a second Tony nomination). In 2012 Turner also directed and starred in The Killing of Sister George at the Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut. She has also recently starred as Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (Philadelphia Theater Center, the Geffen in LA and Arena Stage in DC), as a nun in High (Broadway and US tour) and is currently appearing in the title role in Mother Courage at Arena Stage in DC, which runs until 9 March 2014. In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times’ Best-Seller List. Ian McDiarmid plays Lionel Percy. Previous roles include Faith Healer (Almeida, Dublin’s The Gate and Broadway winning a Tony and UK Critics’ Circle Award and nominations for Broadway’s Critics’ Circle, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actor), Life of Galileo (RSC), Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre) and Henry IV (Donmar). Alongside Jonathan Kent, McDiarmid served as artistic director of the Almeida Theatre from 1990 – 2001, for which they jointly won a Special Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Achievement. McDiarmid’s directing work includes The Possibilities, Scenes from an Execution, Lulu, A Hard Heart, Siren Song and Venice Perserv’d (Almeida), The Rehearsal (Almeida/West End) and Don Juan (Manchester Royal Exchange), where he was Associate Artistic Director. On film McDiarmid is internationally known for playing the role of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. Other film work includes Sleepy Hollow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Restoration. Television work includes Utopia, Margaret, City of Vice, Our Hidden Lives, Elizabeth I, Charles II, Crime and Punishment, All The King’s Men, Great Expectations, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Touching Evil, Rebecca, Hillsborough, Cold Lazarus and Heart of Darkness. In 2014 he will play former Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey in the BBC drama 37 Days, which covers the weeks preceding the First World War, also starring Sinead Cusack and Tim Piggott-Smith. Polly Teale has created a unique body of work as a writer and director that has won critical and audience acclaim with productions transferring to the West End and touring internationally. An award-winning theatre practitioner, she has been artistic director of Shared Experience since 1995. She has also authored a number of original plays and stage adaptations, including the trilogy Jane Eyre, Brontë, and After Mrs Rochester for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and the Time Out Award for Best West End Production. Other directing credits include Bracken Moor, Mary Shelley, Speechless (co-writer/director), The Glass Menagerie, Mine (writer/director), Ten Tiny Toes, Kindertransport, Madame Bovary, The Clearing, A Doll’s House, The House of Bernarda Alba, Desire Under the Elms, Babies And Uganda and, as co-director, War and Peace (co-production with National Theatre) and Mill on the Floss. Brontë has been adapted for a major feature film for Film Squared/Pathé. Stephen Sachs is an award-winning playwright and director, and the Co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles. As playwright, his plays include Heart Song (Los Angeles 2013, Florida Rep 2014), Cyrano (LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Ovation Award nomination), Bakersfield Mist (Critic’s Choice LA Times, 2012 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, published by Smith & Kraus in “Best Plays of 2012”), Miss Julie: Freedom Summer (LADCC and LA Weekly Award nominations), Gilgamesh (Theater@Boston Court), Open Window (Pasadena Playhouse, Media Access Award), Central Avenue (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist), Sweet Nothing in my Ear (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist, Media Access Award), Mother's Day, The Golden Gate (Best Play Award, Dramalogue), and The Baron in the Trees. He wrote the teleplay for Sweet Nothing in my Ear for Hallmark Hall of Fame which aired on CBS, starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. As a director Sachs has been nominated for the SDC 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award, recognizing an outstanding director who is making a unique and exceptional contribution to theatre in their region. Bakersfield Mist is produced in the West End by Nica Burns and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Darren Bagert/Martin Massman and Chris & Kelbe Bensinger Up Up


    Back to Productions FAITH HEALER – BROADWAY This production began performances on 18th April and closed on 30th July 2006. Faith Healer is a masterpiece. A magnificent piece of storytelling. A gripping production that has you on the edge of your seat and wiping the tears from your eyes. Daily Telegraph Faith Healer tells the moving tale of dissolute, charasmatic Frank Hardy ( Fiennes ), his long-time lover ( Jones ) and his devoted manager ( McDiarmid ) as they travel the back roads of Scotland and Wales peddling miracles. As the three wrestle with Hardy's genuine but elusive gift for healing, they ask potent questions about who we trust, what we know and why we believe. Faith Healer offers the unique opportunity to see three of our finest actors on one stage and delights those with faith in the enduring power of live theatre. In the astonishing and mesmerising new Broadway production of Brian Friel's great play, Ralph Fiennes paints a portrait of an artist as dreamer and destroyer that feels so fresh. Rarely has his glamorous star shine been put to such powerful use. The New York Times Ralph Fiennes returns to Broadway - alongside Cherry Jones , fresh from her tour de force in Doubt - in Brian Friel 's Faith Healer , a spellbinding play in which each revelation upends all that has come before it. Faith Healer was mounted on Broadway in May 1979, starring James Mason and directed by Jose Quintero . In the quarter century since, several high-profile productions have established its critical standing as equal to that of Friel 's other masterworks Philadelphia , Here I Come and the Tony-winning Best Play Dancing at Lughnasa . Theatrical magic! Brian Friel's play is brilliantly evocative" The Guardian CAST RALPH FIENNES – Frank IAN MCDIARMID – Teddy CHERRY JONES – Grace CREATIVES BRIAN FRIEL – Playwright JONATHAN KENT – Director JONATHAN FEMSOM – Designer MARK HENDERSON – Lighting Designer

  • The challenges of recouping on Broadway

    Back to News & Press The challenges of recouping on Broadway Monday, 13 January 2014 She's snapping right at the heels of someone who is quite possibly the world's most successful theatrical producer of all time, at least financially speaking, and though she doesn't own any theatres personally (at least not yet), it's one of the few things separating them now in terms of power and influence in the two great theatrical meccas of the West End and Broadway. (Her company, though, falls under the umbrella of ATG, which is of course are top of the Stage 100 list and now owns the largest number of UK theatres as well as one of the biggest theatres on Broadway as well). In fact, she's outstripping Mackintosh on at least one front: on the Internet Broadway database (, she has some 28 producing credits listed, whereas Mackintosh only has 13 (plus credits for 3 more that he originally produced earlier, different versions of). And Friedman's credits there have, moreover, been collected in the last decade, whereas Mackintosh's have occurred over more than 30 years. Read the full article here . Up Up

  • Legally Blonde celebrates Oliver Awards success

    Back to News & Press Legally Blonde celebrates Oliver Awards success Monday, 14 March 2011 The award-winning Legally Blonde The Musical, currently starring Susan McFadden, Denise Van Outen, Alex Gaumond, Siobhan Dillon, Susan McFadden, Carley Stenson, Simon Thomas and Peter Davison, is now booking until 31 March 2012 at the Savoy Theatre, London. The musical also recently celebrated winning the Award for Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Sheridan Smith), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jill Halfpenny) and Best Choreographer (Jerry Mitchell). College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. The full cast is Stephane Anelli (Padamadan, Nikos), Emma Bateman (Stenographer), Nicola Brazil (Serena), Thomas Camilleri (Carlos), Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) Siobhan Dillon (Vivienne Kensington), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Kimmy Edwards (Judge, Saleswoman), Alex Gaumond (Emmett), Ibinabo Jack (Pilar), Suzie McAdam (Enid), Susan McFadden (Elle Woods), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Aoife Mulholland (Brooke), Sean Mulligan (Pforzheimer), Dawn Sievewright (Kate, Chutney), Carley Stenson (Margot), Lincoln Stone (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Simon Thomas (Warner), Robbie Towns (Aaron), Dominic Tribuzio (Kiki), Denise Van Outen (Paulette), Tamara Wall (District Attorney) and Stephen Webb (Lowell), as well as Jonathan Mawson, Jane McMurtrie, Lucy Miller, Ruthie Stephenson and Gregor Stewart as swings. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke. Legally Blonde The Musical is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Bud Martin, Adam Zotovich, Jamie Hendry Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw and Act Productions. Up Up

  • Production images of Rosmersholm released today

    Back to News & Press Production images of Rosmersholm released today Sunday, 28 April 2019 Tom Burke (Strike, The Musketeers ) plays the soulful John Rosmer haunted by history and tradition. Hayley Atwell (Howards End, Captain America ) is Rebecca West, an enigmatic and unpredictable, free-spirited heroine. Giles Terera (Hamilton , West End) is Andreas Kroll, a powerful moral voice, who struggles to reconcile his friendship to Rosmer amidst the changing political tides. Henrik Ibsen ’s classic examination of a country in state of political flux has been adapted by Duncan Macmillan and is directed by Ian Rickson . The cast also includes Lucy Briers (Wolf Hall , West End/Broadway) as Mrs Helseth, Jake Fairbrother (Lady from the Sea , Donmar Warehouse) as Peter Mortensgaard and Peter Wight ( The Birthday Party , West End) as Ulrik Brendel. An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm is Rosmersholm, 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. Rosmersholm began performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre on April 24th. The production opens on May 2nd. The run will end on July 20th. Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions With Brenda Leff, Colin Callender, John Gore, Bradford W. Edgerton Living Trust, 1001 Nights Productions, Burnt Umber Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions. Up Up

  • Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet returns to cinemas this October

    Back to News & Press Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet returns to cinemas this October Thursday, 20 July 2017 Originally staged at the Barbican Theatre in August 2015 and broadcast to cinemas in October of that year, this critically-acclaimed production became the fastest selling show in London theatre history for its twelve week sold out run in London. It is currently the most-viewed National Theatre Live broadcast to date with a global audience of nearly 800,000 people. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Olivier award-winner Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica , Posh ) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions , the cast also includes Leo Bill (The White Queen , Taboo ), Siân Brooke (Sherlock ), Anastasia Hille (The Fear , The Missing ), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones , Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Doctor Strange ) and Jim Norton (Father Ted , Straw Dogs ). Since launching in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 6.5 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead from The Old Vic Theatre with Daniel Radcliffe and Josh McGuire, Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land , Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet , Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus , Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire , James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors , Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein and War Horse . Sky Arts is the UK sponsor for National Theatre Live. Hamlet returns to cinemas across the UK as part of National Theatre Live on Thursday 5th October including at the Barbican where the production was originally staged. To find your nearest cinema go to Up Up

  • Bend It Like Beckham now open to glorious 5 star reviews in the West End

    Back to News & Press Bend It Like Beckham now open to glorious 5 star reviews in the West End Wednesday, 24 June 2015 Stars including Juliet Stevenson, Graham Norton and Dame Kelly Holmes celebrated with the producers and creative team as the new British musical Bend It Like Beckham kicked-off in the West End last night. Natalie Dew plays football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. Sophie-Louise Dann plays the role of Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, Bend It Like Beckham has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha; choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins; set design by Miriam Buether; costume design by Katrina Lindsay; lighting design by Neil Austin; sound design by Richard Brooker; musical direction by Nigel Lilley and orchestrations by Howard Goodall and Kuljit Bhamra. Bend It Like Beckham is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Deepak Nayar Productions, Bend It Films, Fischer & Vaswani Productions, Tanya Link Productions & Zeilinger Productions. ★★★★★ ‘A BOLD, BEAUTIFULLY BRITISH TRIUMPH. PREPARED TO BE TRANSPORTED & UPLIFTED. IN A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN. IRRESISTIBLE’ Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★ ‘JOYOUS. GORGEOUS SCORE. WITTY LYRICS. EXHILIRATING CHOREOGRAPHY. AN UPLIFTING CELEBRATION OF MULTI-CULTURAL BRITAIN.’ Paul Taylor, The Independent ★★★★★ ‘WONDERFULLY LIFE-AFFIRMING. AN END TO END JOY. IRRESISTIBLE’Quentin Letts, Daily Mail 'IT’S WHAT YOU WISH THE WEST END WERE LIKE ALL THE YEAR ROUND.' Matt Trueman, Variety ★★★★ 'THE SHOW SCORES WITH WIT AND CHARM.' John Nathan, The Metro ★★★★ 'BURSTING WITH EXUBERANCE. A JOYOUS FEEL-GOOD SHOW. INSPIRING. FRESH. FUNNY. A HYMN TO GIRL POWER AND THE VITALITY OF MULTICULTURAL LONDON.' Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard ★★★★ 'SENSATIONAL. ALL THE FEEL-GOOD FACTOR OF AN ENGLAND WIN' Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out ★★★★★ ‘GLORIOUS. NO BRITISH-ORIGINATED NEW SHOW BENDS THE MUSICAL IN SUCH A VIVACIOUSLY FRESH AND WELCOME NEW DIRECTION AS BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM. AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR, COMMUNITY AND CREATIVITY, SHOT THROUGH WITH EXHILARATING ENERGY AND GENUINE HEART.’ Mark Shenton, The Stage For more information and to book tickets, click here . Up Up

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