Matchbox Theatre

Michael Frayn
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ISBN 9780571326068 Format Paperback
Published 23/04/2015 Length 296 pages

About Book

Matchbox Theatre presents a miniature sketch show: thirty  dialogues and monologues by Michael Frayn, to be played in the smallest  theatre in the world - the theatre of your own imagination.

Sir Geoffrye and Lady Hilarye, sleeping peacefully on their marble tomb  these last six hundred years, are woken by the thump of rock music in  the crypt beneath them ...

A gala performance of  Shakespeare, and as a special treat the sponsor's guests are being wined  and dined on stage as extras in the banquet scene ...

The eternal triangle in an airport departure lounge: two lovers and the flight announcements ...

The scripts are provided.  Everything else - casting, set design, ice-cream sales - is up to the reader ...

  • About Michael Frayn

    Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation's three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play. He is married to the writer Claire Tomalin.

    Photo credit: Ekko von Schwichow

    Watch

    Watch Michael Frayn's Guardian interview here 

    Watch Michael Frayn on how he wrote Skios here 

    Watch Michael Frayn's Guardian Book Club discussion on Spies here 

    Read

    Michael Frayn's Paris Review interview on the art of the theatre here  

    Praise

    'The most delightful, sophisticated novel: Michael Frayn is probably England's funniest writer.' New York Times on Towards the End of the Morning

    'As brilliant as all Michael Frayn's work.' P.G. Wodehouse on The Tin Men

    'Frayn has never written more seductively and surely than in this book.' Sunday Times on Spies

    'Fans of [Frayn's] fabulously metaphysical farce will laugh themselves sick at this novel ... Frayn can't write a sentence without making you giggle but when he's in full comic flow he's a miracle of nature.' Daily Express on Skios

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