Sonia Friedman is up for an astonishing 31 awards at this Sunday’s Oliviers. Dominic Cavendish talks to the Queen of the West End.
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).
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