The Michael Frayn Season


[wide]democracy | The Michael Frayn Season[/wide]Novelist and playwright Michael Frayn is one of the only writers in the English language to have achieved success in both drama and prose fiction. He is probably best known for his play Copenhagen (which won a Tony Award) and novel Headlong (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize). As well as having a large body of critically acclaimed work behind him in both disciplines, Frayn has also turned his hand to screenwriting (including Clockwise), non-fiction, and is possibly Britain’s finest translator of Checkov. This spring, Sheffield Theatres host a season of his works.

Copenhagen – Lyceum – 29th Feb-10th March

In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, two old friends meet for the last time.

Niels Bohr, the leading quantum theorist of the time, half Jewish but remaining in occupied Copenhagen; Werner Heisenberg, a German and the former protégé of Bohr, working for his country on a new project. On opposing sides, these two men have the ability to change the course of history.

Benefactors – Studio – 1st-24th March

When David dreams of improving the lives of those living in an inner city slum, his idealistic view of the world leads him to reach for the skies. But life isn’t easy when your neighbour is the town’s most cynical journalist, your wife has principles and your secretary falls in love with you.

An award-winning comedy about idealism, realism and the tangled nature of human relationships.

Democracy – Crucible – 8th-31st March

The leader of a new coalition government must keep his friends close and his enemies closer. The problem is knowing who to trust. Left, right and centre all regard each other with suspicion. And as for the Russians…

Willy Brandt, one of the most charismatic leaders in post-war politics, makes history as he starts to reunite Europe. But there’s a spy in his office and his plans are about to be thrown into chaos. What is loyalty? And where does yours lie?

Democracy is a witty and compelling Olivier Award-winning play about an inspirational man.

The Michael Frayn season includes talks and readings by the man himself. One of Britain’s most important living writers.

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