Michael Frayn

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Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and carefully encouraged scandals
The long read: Its knack for creating tension and controversy has helped it remain an energising force in publishing for more than 50 years – but how do writers, publishers and judges cope with the annual agony of the Booker?

Charlotte Higgins

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Copenhagen review – science and politics collide in dynamic drama
Uncertainty reigns supreme in a fast and fluid revival of Michael Frayn’s resonant, if sometimes impenetrable, play

Arifa Akbar

16, Jun, 2021 @1:44 PM

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Michael Frayn: ‘There’s something slightly disgraceful about old folks having fun'
The writer talks about his new collection of comic pieces, why he loves iPhones, and why Covid-19 may spell doom for stage comedy

Laura Cumming

03, May, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Struggling to read, or write? How to be creative in lockdown
Are you finding it hard to concentrate, or don’t know where to start? Michael Frayn, Marian Keyes, Richard Osman and more share their tips

Richard Osman, Marian Keyes, Kerry Hudson, Michael Frayn ,Sara Collins, Jessie Burton, Kit de Waal and Joe Dunthorne

02, May, 2020 @8:00 AM

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The Michael Billington archive: highlights from five decades of reviews
Ken Dodd’s laugh riot, Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman, Lucy Prebble’s dazzling debut and ‘off-with-your kit Harington’ … revisit the hits and flops assessed by our outgoing theatre critic

20, Dec, 2019 @7:49 AM

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West End rediscovers the pure joy of farce (and missing trousers)
Broad stage theatre comedy full of plot twists, puns and frantic action is finding a new audience

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

06, Jul, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Noises Off review – Frayn's chaotic farce as thrilling as ever
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Michael Frayn’s witty parody of backstage antics endures in an entertaining production that hit a real-life on-stage glitch

Michael Billington

03, Jul, 2019 @9:47 AM

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Dramatic Exchanges, selected and edited by Daniel Rosenthal – review
These insightful letters between theatrical giants reveal the colourful offstage dramas at Britain’s National Theatre

Sarah Crompton

04, Nov, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn's masterwork still blazes with mystery
History, morality and quantum mechanics collide in Michael Blakemore’s storming revival of a modern classic

Michael Billington

24, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Book clinic: recommended books about the best of humanity
From a redemptive tale set in Norfolk to classic Michael Frayn, our expert selects books that are funny and inspiring

Kate Kellaway

24, Mar, 2018 @6:00 PM

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Wild Honey review – Frayn finds the farce in Chekhov's comic despair
Michael Frayn excavates Chekhov’s six-hour drama, written when he was 20, for this bittersweet comedy about a schoolteacher torn between romantic rivals

Michael Billington

09, Dec, 2016 @11:54 AM

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‘You feel the history at the Observer as soon as you start to write or edit’
Over the newspaper’s long life, the trust given to writers has ensured that every Sunday they produce not just stories, but Observer stories
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Tim Adams

04, Dec, 2016 @12:05 AM

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