Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman


With a string of awards to her name including three Olivier Awards and eight nominations, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards, and many other theatre accolades both from the West End and Broadway stage, Maria Friedman is considered one of the UK’s most successful leading Musical Theatre ladies.

Having won an Olivier Award for her one-woman cabaret, Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement at the Donmar (1995), she was then awarded a second for Best Actress in a Musical as ‘Fosca’ in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (1996) and again for Ragtime (2003). 

She is regularly associated with the work of the composer lyricist Stephen Sondheim. She has performed principle 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 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday.


Maria’s numerous theatre credits include in Merrily We Roll Along, Blues in the Night, Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, Anna in The King and I, and Lady in the Dark. In 2004 she originated the role of ‘Marian Halcombe’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Woman in White, both in the West End and on Broadway.

As a director, Maria has helmed Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory), High Society (The Old Vic) and Dusty (Bath Theatre Royal).


On screen, Maria joined the cast of long-running soap EastEnders playing ‘Elaine Peacock’ in 2014 and has 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 was most recently seen as the ‘Mother Abbas’ on ITV’s The Sound of Music Live.

Fiddler On The Roof tickets are now available.

Fiddler On The Roof is booking until 28 September 2019 at the Playhouse Theatre, London.

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