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Benedict Cumberbatch, Greta Scacchi and Simon Russell Beale star in Michael Frayn's award-winning play about the controversial 1941 meeting between physicists Bohr and Heisenberg. Copenhagen, Autumn 1941. The two presiding geniuses of quantum physics, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg meet for the first time since the breakout of war. Danish physicist Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, live in Nazi-occupied Denmark; their visitor, Heisenberg, is German, the two old friends, now on opposing sides have between them the ability to change the course of history. Frayn's Tony award-winning play imagines the three characters re-drafting the events of 1941 in an attempt to make sense of them. With Greta Scacchi as Margrethe Bohr, Simon Russell Beale as Niels Bohr and Benedict Cumberbatch as Werner Heisenberg. This new version of Copenhagen is adapted for radio and directed by Emma Harding.Show more
How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Alfred Molina as Niels Bohr Shannon Cochran as Margrethe Bohr David Krumholtz as Werner Heisenberg Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in November, 2011. Copenhagen is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.Show more
The dreary aspects of Soviet housing and one family’s attempt to “exchange” its tiny Moscow apartment for a larger one. Adapted from a novella by the respected Russian writer Yuri Trifanov, as translated by playwright Michael Frayn. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Ian Abercrombie as Viktor’s Father Rosalind Ayres as Lena Sharon Bamber as Aunt Ahenya Joyce Blair as Viktor’s Mother Barbara Bosson as Lora Peter A. Jacobs as Kalugin and Felix Martin Jarvis as Viktor Zosukuma Kunene as Alik Anna Sophie Loewenberg as Natashka Vonetta McGee as Tanya Marian Mercer as Lena’s Mother Robin Nordli as Factory Director and Funeral Orator William Palmieri as Snitkin and others John Randolph as Viktor’s Grandfather Melissa Smigley as Marina, and Girl Next Door Malachi Throne as Lena’s Father Translated and adapted by Michael Frayn. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, CA in April, 1992.Show more
From the author of Copenhagen and Noises Off. A comedy-drama about a door manufacturing company and a fateful convention in Frankfurt. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Allan Corduner, David Ellenstein, Julian Holloway, Peter A. Jacobs, Martin Jarvis, Robin Goodrin Nordli, James Warwick and Michael York. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in February, 1993.Show more
In this memoir, Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, even through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed on was the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir. “This is beautiful writing.”--New York Times Book ReviewShow more
An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art's elusive Old Masters. Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art. "Art historians will rejoice over the subject matter and the intricate descriptions of the paintings and their provenance....[Davidson's] vocal changes bring forth believable characters with pleasing sounds."-AudioFileShow more
The original 10 broadcasts from BBC Radio 4 - the sequel to the award-winning Jarvis's Frayn. Martin jarvis is seriously funny in this classic series of hilarious vignettes. Jarvis and Frayn are a truly inimitable pairing - frequent collaborators on-stage, screen and audiobook, they are an eternally popular duo. Michael Frayn began his career as a reporter on UK newspaper The Guardian before becoming a columnist for the same newspaper. Martin Jarvis is a renowned audiobook narrator and his many acting accolades, include a Theater World Award for his performance in the Broadway play By Jeeves. This collection is perfect for anyone who has ever questioned the logic behind technobabble, computer jargon and eccentric human idiosyncrasies...that'll be everybody, then!Show more
Celebrated for his playwriting, British author Michael Frayn has also written screenplays and several acclaimed novels. Headlong, a Booker Prize finalist, combines a heavy dose of humor with a fascinating glimpse into the world of priceless art. When Martin Clay and his art historian wife are asked to appraise the private collection of a loutish man, it is Martin, not his wife, who believes he has discovered a lost masterpiece from Dutch painter Bruegel. Keeping his thoughts closely guarded, he embarks on a fast-paced quest to confirm his suspicions. In an effort to swindle the painting away from its owner, Martin heads down a trail of lies and scams that has hilarious and unexpected results. Frayn's novel is both an entertaining, slapstick romp through one man's personal odyssey and a fascinating glimpse into the world of art history. Narrator Steven Crossley captures each moment of discovery without missing a beat through all of Martin's bumbling and scheming.Show more
These witty vignettes are full of great repartee and wonderfully astute observations - read with the dry humour and enthusiasm they deserve by 'The Olivier of Audiobooks' Martin Jarvis. CONTENTS:1. Pas Devant Les Enfants 2. Twelfth Night: or what will you have? 3. I said "My Name is Ozzy Manders" 4. The Sad Tale of P*T*R Bunnikin 5. At the Sign of the Rupture Belt 6. Listener Sport 7. On the Subject of Objects 8. Ye Globe Theatre 9. Literary Quiz 10. Behind the Myth - Mythtier Still 11. Chez Crumble 12. On the Receiving End 13. Operation Fungles 14. Head to Head 15. Bishop Rock 16. Business Worries 17. School of Applied Art 18. A Few Words from the Captain 19. Through the Wilderness 20. A Very Special Collection 21. The Patter of Tiny Careers 22. Return Match 23. TÃƒÂªte Ãƒ TÃƒÂªte Ãƒ TÃƒÂªte 24. Bodbury: The Nation Awaits 25. Spock's Guide to Parent Care 26. Between the Acts 27. Thanks 28. The House on the Box 29. I Think I'm Right in Saying 30. Save it for the Stairs 31. It 32. Night Thoughts.Show more
The Trick of It is a comical look at an odd couple. Original and witty, Frayn tells a complete story through one-sided letters. Compact, light and entertaining, 'The Trick of It' is a clever tale. A nameless college professor writes letters to an esteemed friend living in Australia. The professor is a critic who has dedicated his life to teaching and explaining the writings of a profound female writer. He knows her books inside and out. He, perhaps, knows more about the author than the author knows about herself. When she comes to speak at the college, the professor is overwhelmed. He worries that she cannot possibly live up to all he has made her out to be. However, the critic and the writer wind up spending the night together. Eventually they marry, and he discontinues his teachings. After all, how obscure would it be for a husband to teach classes about his wife's writings? As the letters continue, a picture of a strange though symbiotic relationship emerge, along with all of its moments of humor, sadness, incredulity and joy. From beginning to end, Frayn's easy writing style allows listeners to settle in and enjoy The Trick of It as if it were written expressly for them.Show more
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