Frayn's Benefactors Revived in June???
Date: 19 February 2002
The West End revival of Noises Off - about to reopen at the Comedy Theatre, following successful runs at the Piccadilly and the National - has been so successful, that current producers, the Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG), are turning their attention now to another Michael Frayn hit. ATG is preparing a new production of Frayn's Benefactors, winner of the 1984 Olivier award for Play of the Year, following its original run at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre. Set in the post-imperialist English suburbs, Benefactors was inspired by Frayn's own experience of building and living in a communal house in Blackheath, south London. In 1985/86, Benefactors also had a successful run on Broadway, where it starred Glenn Close and was directed by long-time Frayn collaborator Michael Blakemore. The new production will be undertaken by the same creative team behind the revival of Noises Off, headed by director Jeremy Sams. It's due in one of ATG's West End venues in June, with casting news expected shortly.
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