Producer Sonia Friedman returns to the post-pandemic West End not with a safe revival but with a succession of brief runs for three socially-distanced world premieres by young writers, and it is an impressive act of faith in the future. But while Friedman looks to the future of theater, young U.S. playwright Amy Berryman looks further still. She’s making her U.K. debut with “Walden,” the three-actor season opener that has its eye on the future of the planet and beyond.Although...
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London-based Friedman sealed her status as a force in New York theater with three new shows: Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” and revivals of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and “Funny Girl,” with Lea Michele, as well as the off-Broadway revival of Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” with Daniel Radcliffe. Her eponymous company debuted six plays in the U.K., including Peter Morgan’s “Patriots,” Mike Bartlett’s Shakespearean satire “The 47th,” Stephen Brown and Mark Rylance’s medical drama “Dr. Semmelweis” and Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon’s “The Shark Is Broken.” She won a 2022 BAFTA award for pandemic lockdown dramedy “Together,” with James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan.