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Matchbox Theatre

Michael Frayn

The perfect gift for fans of Frayn or the theatre – 30 comic masterpieces from the author of Noises Off and Skios.

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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…


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…

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