Sonia Friedman

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Sonia Friedman
Born Sonia Anne Primrose Freedman
April 1965 (age 49)
Occupation Theatre producer
Years active 1988–present

Sonia Friedman (born Sonia Anne Primrose Freedman; April 1965)[1] is a British West End and Broadway theatre producer. She is the younger sister of actress/singer Maria Friedman, violinist Richard Friedman and Dr Sarah Beecham. Her younger brother, Ben, is a television director.

Biography and career[edit]

Friedman is the youngest daughter of Clair (née Sims), a concert pianist, and the eminent Russian violinist Leonard Friedman, who was leader for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham and co-founder of many national institutions including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Baroque Ensemble.[2][3][4] Her father is from a Russian Jewish immigrant family and her mother is English.[5]

Friedman was educated at several schools including St Christopher School, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, and trained as a stage manager at the Central School of Speech and Drama. It was after organising a couple of benefits for World Aids Day during the late 1980s (one of which saw over 200 celebrities working as shop assistants in Covent Garden) that she decided to follow a career as a theatre producer.

After working at the National Theatre between 1988 and 1993 (fulfilling the various roles of Stage Management, Education Manager, Head of Education and Producer of Mobile Productions and Theatre for Young People), she co-founded the new writing theatre company Out of Joint in 1993 with Max Stafford-Clark. From 1998, Friedman worked as a producer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. She launched her own theatre company, Sonia Friedman Productions, in 2002. Friedman's productions have been nominated for and won Olivier, Tony and other awards.[citation needed] At the 2014 Olivier Awards, Sonia Friedman Productions made Olivier Awards history by winning the most awards for any producer and for winning prizes for Best New Play (Chimerica), Best New Musical (The Book of Mormon), Best Play Revival (Ghosts) and Best Musical Revival (Merrily We Roll Along).

Credits include[edit]


Tony Awards[edit]

  • Death of a Salesman, Best Revival of a Play, 2012
  • The Book of Mormon, Best Musical, 2011
  • La Cage Aux Folles, Best Revival of a Musical, 2010
  • The Norman Conquests, Best Revival of a Play, 2009
  • Boeing-Boeing, Best Revival of a Play, 2008

Olivier Awards[edit]

  • The Book of Mormon, Best New Musical, 2014
  • Chimerica, Best New Play, 2014
  • Merrily We Roll Along, Best Musical Revival, 2014
  • Ghosts, Best Revival, 2014
  • Legally Blonde, Best New Musical, 2011
  • The Mountaintop, Best New Play, 2010
  • La Cage Aux Folles, Best Musical Revival, 2009

Evening Standard Theatre Awards[edit]

  • Jerusalem, Best Play, 2009
  • Home Place, by Brian Friel, Best Play, 2005

Drama Desk Awards[edit]

  • The Book of Mormon, Outstanding Musical, 2011
  • La Cage aux Folles, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, 2010
  • A View From the Bridge, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2010
  • The Norman Conquests, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2009
  • Boeing-Boeing, Outstanding Revival of a Play, 2008

Critics' Circle Theatre Awards[edit]

  • Chimerica, Best New Play, 2013
  • Merrily We Roll Along, Best Musical, 2012
  • Clybourne Park, Best New Play, 2011
  • Jerusalem, Best New Play, 2010
  • La Cage Aux Folles, Best Musical, 2009 Awards[edit]

  • The Book of Mormon, Best New Musical, 2014
  • Much Ado About Nothing, David Tennant and Catherine Tate reuniting on stage, Theatre Event of the Year, 2012
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Best Shakespearean Production, 2012
  • Legally Blonde, by Neil Benjamin, Lawrence O'Keefe & Heather Hach, Best New Musical, 2011
  • Jerusalem, by Jez Butterworth, Best New Play, 2010
  • Under The Blue Sky, by David Eldridge, Best New Play, 2009
  • Rock 'n’ Roll, by Tom Stoppard, Best New Play, 2007
  • Up For Grabs, Theatre Event of the Year, 2003
  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Best Play Revival, 2002


  1. ^ "Ms Sonia Anne Primrose Friedman – free company director check. Companies House Information". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Time line credits and biography – About Maria Friedman". 19 March 1960. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Maria Friedman (9 December 2005). (transcript). Interview with David Drake. Retrieved 19 February 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Radio interview Woman's Hour – About Maria Friedman". 25 April 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Theatre Features. "Sonia Friedman: 'There's nothing wrong with wearing pretty clothes and lipstick – and still being a strong woman'". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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