Michael Frayn's Pocket Playhouse

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010120180601

Martin Jarvis collaborates with Michael Frayn in this all-star comic tour-de-force.

Martin Jarvis directs Frayn's comic series featuring an all-star cast.

Martin Jarvis directs the masterly comic series written by Michael Frayn, the author of Noises Off and the most comic philosophical writer of our time. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings and Jarvis himself.

It's an astonishing tour de force of comic imagination and satire.

Each of the four episodes reveals Frayn's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction, television and the media, the church, relationships - life in general.

In this first episode, Joanna Lumley opens the series with "assembly instructions", Alex Jennings is a subversive theatre director, Ian McKellen meets Mozart (George Blagden), Alfred Molina has security problems with packaging, Lisa Dillon and Edward Bennett are Gainsborough's Mr and Mrs Andrews National Gallery portrait, Stephen Fry conducts a weird press interview with Martin Jarvis, and McKellen and Lumley are Mr and Mrs God.

Cast:
Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Martin Jarvis, Lisa Dillon, Edward Bennett, George Blagden, Nigel Anthony, Janie Dee, Rosalind Ayres, Alex Jennings.
Written by Michael Frayn,
Director: Martin Jarvis.
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

010220180608

Martin Jarvis directs the masterly comic series written by Michael Frayn, the author of Noises Off and the most comic philosophical writer of our time. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings and Jarvis himself.

It's an astonishing tour de force of comic imagination and satire.

Each of the four episodes reveals Frayn's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction, television and the media, the church, relationships - life in general.

In this second episode, Darren Richardson conducts a misguided sight-seeing tour, Ian McKellen has Helpline difficulties, Nigel Anthony and Joanna Lumley revisit Listen With Mother and Martin Jarvis attempts to broadcast from The Royal Opera House. Meanwhile, Alex Jennings and Janie Dee are a confused married couple, George Blagden is an unusually literate weatherman and Ian McKellen, as Richard III, is interrupted by footnote scholars.

Cast:
Ian McKellen, Nigel Anthony, Lisa Dillon, Edward Bennett, Janie Dee, Martin Jarvis, Alex Jennings, Rosalind Ayres, George Blagden, Darren Richardson and Joanna Lumley.

Written by Michael Frayn,
Director: Martin Jarvis.
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

010320180615

Martin Jarvis collaborates with Michael Frayn in this all-star comic tour-de-force.

Martin Jarvis directs Frayn's comic series featuring an all-star cast.

Martin Jarvis directs the masterly comic series written by Michael Frayn, the author of Noises Off and the most comic philosophical writer of our time. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings and Jarvis himself.

It's an astonishing tour de force of comic imagination and satire.

Each of the four episodes reveals Frayn's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction, television and the media, the church, relationships - life in general.

In this third episode, Stephen Fry gives smug thanks to God, Matthew Wolf and Martin Jarvis become mute mime-artists (even on the radio), Nigel Anthony invites sponsorship for doing precisely nothing, Ian McKellen as God conducts his own prayer-answering service and Rosalind Ayres provides a tetchy update to your Pocket Playhouse.

Cast:
Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Rosalind Ayres, Matthew Wolf, Martin Jarvis and Nigel Anthony.

Written by Michael Frayn,
Director: Martin Jarvis.
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

010420180622

Martin Jarvis collaborates with Michael Frayn in this all-star comic tour-de-force.

Martin Jarvis directs Frayn's comic series featuring an all-star cast.

Martin Jarvis directs the masterly comic series written by Michael Frayn, the author of Noises Off and the most comic philosophical writer of our time. The outstanding cast is led by Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Alfred Molina, Alex Jennings and Jarvis himself.

It's an astonishing tour de force of comic imagination and satire.

Each of the four episodes reveals Frayn's infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction, television and the media, the church, relationships - life in general.

In this final episode of the series, Joanna Lumley presents a surprising travel programme, Janie Dee and Alex Jennings have memory lapses, and the ensemble provides an unusual restaurant menu. Meanwhile, Alex Jennings fronts a manic infomercial and Gyles Brandreth chairs the TV-watching Championships, assisted by Nigel Anthony and George Blagden, Alfred Molina and Yeni Alvarez speak "international English", and Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres wonder what's really happening on the radio.

Cast:
Joanna Lumley, Alfred Molina, Yeni Alvarez, Rosalind Ayres, Nigel Anthony, Gyles Brandreth, George Blagden, Martin Jarvis, Lisa Dillon, Edward Bennett, Janie Dee, and Alex Jennings.

Written by Michael Frayn,
Director: Martin Jarvis.
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.