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|Benefactors Arrive On Stage
- Michael Frayn helps the West End
MICHAEL FRAYN'S Benefactors comes to the Albery theatre June 25. Neil Pearson stars in this reworking of the award-winning drama, which comes to town following a premier in Milton Keynes.
Having starred in Fever Pitch, Pearson is no stranger to romantic comedies. But he has also performed in more serious love-plays, like The Real Thing and Closer. He should have no trouble with Frayn's script, which concerns itself with the relationship between two neighbouring couples, contrasting happy professionals with an isolated and insecure couple.
Plot-wise the play has much in common with contemporary playwright Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, currently playing at the Aldwych theatre. But stylistically, Benefactors owes more to Frayn's own farce, Noises Off, the backstage romp about couples under pressure, which continues to take the Comedy theatre by storm. No doubt Frayn is hoping to relive the success of his longest running hit, Copenhagen.