Stage Awards Nomination Rolls in for Sonia Friedman
Theater producer Sonia Friedman has caught our attention as of late, due to her involvement in the upcoming stage production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Our excitement turned up a notch last week, due to the announcement of our new trio’s identity. Now, Friedman hits our sight-line again due to a recent theater nomination.
The Stage Awards announced their 2016 nominations earlier this week, which included a big nomination for Friedman in the Producer of the Year category. She’s no stranger to these awards, however, since she was nominated for the exact same category last year and won! This year, she will be competing against Edinburgh International Festival and Rachel Edwards.
Friedman has seen herself in the theater production business since the late 1980s and has had a very successful career thus far. Her production company – Sonia Friedman Productions Limited – has had its name connected to a good many productions over the years, one of which includes Mojo, which of course ran in the West End back in 2013 and saw Rupert Grint as one of its cast members.
This is not the only nomination in the Stage Awards 2016 to have a Potter connection, however. Both the Barbican and Shakespeare’s Globe have been nominated for London Theatre of the Year: the Barbican housed Hamlet earlier this year, also produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and starring Aberforth Dumbledore actor Ciarán Hinds; Shakespeare’s Globe, the reconstruction of the famous Elizabethan playhouse, was founded by the father of Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), Sam Wanamaker, and opened back in 1997.
The Chichester Festival Theatre also gained a nomination in the category Regional Theatre of the Year – this particular theatre housed Imelda Staunton in Gypsy back in 2014 before it moved to the West End in 2015.
The Stage Awards 2016 will take place on January 29 in London, and we wish the nominees the very best of luck!