Maria Friedman is one of our most celebrated actors and directors.
She is the recipient of four Olivier Awards, has had nine Olivier Nominations and other theatre accolades (including Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards) from the West End and Broadway stage.
Maria is regularly associated with the work of the composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim. She has performed principal roles in Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and most recently Mrs Lovett in concert performances of Sweeney Todd at the Barbican in 2010. She also appeared in New York, Washington and the BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday.
In 2013 Maria has made her directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along. After more 5 star reviews than any West End show has ever received, the Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and a sell out extended run, it transferred into the West End. Merrily received the Ned Sherrin Award for Best musical at the 2014 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the Olivier Award 2014 for Best Musical Revival.
She also worked closely with the late Marvin Hamlisch and recently celebrated the work of Composer/Lyricist Adam Guettel as the headliner of the 2014 London Festival Of Cabaret.
Cabaret is a unique artform, telling story through song whilst revealing something of yourself in the process and Maria Friedman is an exemplar of the craft.
Her critically acclaimed one woman shows – Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement and Maria Friedman – By Extra Special Arrangement have been performed both in the UK and New York City, including several seasons at the prestigious Café Carlyle.
She has just finished a tour of her show “Lenny and Steve” featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, ending in a sell out run at The Pheasantry, London, a venue she is now revisiting with her new show “Back to Before”
Maria can be heard on many cast recordings; and has released several solo albums including Maria Friedman, Maria Friedman Live, Now and Then, and Maria Friedman Celebrates The Great British Songbook.
On television she also appeared as Trish Baynes in the popular TV series Casualty, in an early series of Red Dwarf and as the Narrator in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat ( DVD ). She can currently be seen as Elaine Carter in the long running serial drama EastEnders.