Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party recieves major revival

Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoe Wanamaker in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tony Jones, Zoë Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan are to appear in a new production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 9 January 2018 until 14 April 2018. Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare. Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday. The Birthday Party is to be directed by Ian Rickson and produced by Sonia Friedman. This will be the seventh Harold Pinter play that Sonia Friedman has produced, three of which have been directed by Ian Rickson, who also … Read more

Sonia Friedman Productions Wins 11 Olivier Awards in 2017

Producer Sonia Friedman

Tonight at the Olivier Awards 2017, Sonia Friedman celebrated as her productions won a phenomenal 11 awards. Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 160 new productions and has won numerous Olivier and Tony awards, winning a record-breaking 14 at the 2014 Olivier Awards, including the quartet of Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Revival of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play. This year she was awarded Producer Of The Year by The Stage for the third year in a row as well as taking the number one spot in ‘The Stage 100’, becoming the first number one in the history of the compilation not to own or operate West End theatres and the first solo woman for almost 20 years. This year she was awarded Producer Of The Year by The Stage for the third year in a row as well as taking the … Read more

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Moves Closer To Broadway Run

Harry Potter and family

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, together with J K Rowling have today confirmed that talks are now well underway to bring the record-breaking show to Broadway in Spring 2018. Exclusive talks are now being held with the Ambassador Theatre Group to bring the hit play to the Lyric Theatre on Broadway. ATG are currently planning multi-million dollar renovations to remodel, transform and reconfigure the 1900 seat theatre, turning it into a more intimate theatre with approximately 1500 seats. Friedman and Callender said “We are thrilled about ATG’s ambitious plans which will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a unique theatre space tailored to the specific needs of the production over the play’s two parts. The remodelled Lyric will include a smaller auditorium redesigned to the specifications of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child team, as well as an adapted … Read more

Glee’s Amber Riley To Headline UK Premiere Of Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls will make its UK Premiere in November 2016 at the Savoy Theatre starring Glee's Amber Riley, directed by Casey Nicholaw

It was announced today thet Amber Riley will make her West End debut in the UK premiere of the Tony-Award winning Dreamgirls, which is to be presented at The Savoy Theatre from November 2016. Dreamgirls will be directed by Olivier and Tony-Award winning Casey Nicholaw. Best known for her role as Mercedes Jones in the musical comedy sensation Glee, Riley will take on the iconic role of Effie White . Amber Riley says: “I am so honoured and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw. Working on the West End is now a dream realised, I just feel like this is going to be something special!” Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, … Read more

Funny Girl Announces Transfer To Savoy Theatre

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice. Funny Girl to transfer to London Savoy Theatre in April

The producers of Funny Girl must have been in their element a few months ago when their new production of Funny Girl went on sale at the Menier Chocolate Factory. All of the tickets for the run were sold in a little over 90 minutes leaving many disappointed. Those same producers have announced this morning that Sheridan Smith will take to the stage at London’s Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited season of 12 weeks only from 9th April 2016 until 2 July 2016. Book tickets for the Savoy Theatre now. David Babani, Artistic Director of Menier Chocolate Factory, said today, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for Funny Girl – the show broke Menier box office records when it sold out its entire run in just 90 minutes. We felt it was very important to respond to demand so we’re delighted to be joining forces with Sonia Friedman and … Read more

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