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Matchbox Theatre

Michael Frayn

Matchbox Theatre is the perfect gift for fans of Michael Frayn or the theatre – thirty comic masterpieces from the author of Noises Off and Skios.

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Matchbox Theatre presents a sketch show in miniature: thirty short entertainments by Michael Frayn, author of Skios and Noises Off, ‘the funniest farce ever written’ (New York Times).

These tiny plays are offered here for performance in the smallest theatre in the world: the theatre of your own imagination. The scripts are provided. Everything else — casting, set design, ice-cream sales — is up to you . . .

Critic Reviews

This book is a delicious jeu d'esprit, and every page is stamped with Fryan's comic genius.

Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
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'Michael Frayn is the most philosophical comic writer -- and the most comic philosophical writer -- of our time.'

Michael Arditti, Daily Mail
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'One of the few authors to have had huge success with both theatrical and novelistic fictions has combined the best of both in a lovely book.'

Mark Lawson, Guardian
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I absolutely loved Matchbox Theatre. They are all terrific, but A Stiff Drink was the one that made me shout with laughter whilst alone in the room.

John Finnemore, of Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
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'He seems to be writing for the sheer pleasure of writing . . . It's like watching the most abstract, highbrow TV sketch show you can imagine.'

Marcus Berkmann, Spectator

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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