After the success of Michael Frayn's Noises Off, his gripping cold war drama Democracy finishes its run at The Old Vic Theatre tonight, July 28.
First seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield as part of the Michael Frayn season, Democracy marks the first London transfer under Daniel Evans' tenure as Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director in this the Crucible's 40th anniversary year.
Frayn's witty and intriguing play is about the geopolitical ambitions of an inspirational politician and the forces in play around him, exploring the Machiavellian nature of coalition government. West German Chancellor Willy Brandt - one of the most charismatic leaders in post-war politics - makes history as he starts to reunite Europe; but he discovers things aren't as straightforward as they seem when a spy is uncovered in his office and his plans are thrown into chaos.
Democracy received its premiere at The National Theatre in 2003 winning the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Best Play awards.
An ensemble of actors bring to life the political world of Democracy - Andrew Bridgmont, David Cann, Patrick Drury, Richard Hope, William Hoyland, Ed Hughes, David Mallinson, Aidan McArdle, James Quinn and Rupert Vansittart.
Michael Frayn said: "All three of the productions that Sheffield Theatres did of my plays earlier this year were terrific. I'm so pleased that at any rate one of them, Paul Miller's Democracy, has found a London home – if only because I so much want to see it again myself. And a particular pleasure to have it at The Old Vic, still warm from their Noises Off."
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on The Guardian and The Observer. His plays include the multi award-winning Noises Off which is currently at the Novello Theatre after transferring from The Old Vic, Copenhagen, Afterlife, Benefactors and Donkeys' Years. His book, My Father's Fortune: A Life was published by Faber & Faber in September 2010 and shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Biography Award and winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2011. His novel, Spies, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize (2002) and won the Whitbread Award for Fiction (2002). Headlong was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize, the Whitbread Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Other novels include Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It and A Landing on the Sun, as well as The Tin Men, Now You Know and Sweet Dreams. His latest novel, Skios, has just been published by Faber and Faber..
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