Richard Carpenter parody show comes to Lyme Regis

NO seventies record collection was complete without at least one album from the soft-rock duo The Carpenters.

Massive pop-hits such as ‘Close to You’ and ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ made the siblings international stars who met presidents and played around the world.

Their success and hard-working lifestyle brought paranoia and difficulties, which are parodied by Matthew Floyd Jones in the sell-out spoof ‘Richard Carpenter is Close To You’.

Matthew is best known as the keyboard-playing half of Frisky & Mannish, the musical comedy double act beloved for their twisted pop versions. The duo’s first full-length show, ‘School of Pop’, was hailed in 2009 as the “undisputed hit of the Edinburgh Fringe” (The Herald) and the beginning of a “global phenomenon” (The Times).

The piano player from Frisky & Mannish plays the piano player from The Carpenters in a razor-sharp comedy play about a life spent playing the piano. Richard used to be on top of the world, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now he’s back with a vengeance, only to find out it’s not exactly yesterday once more anymore.

“Delightfully on the money… This show’s stroke of genius lies in the characterisation of Carpenter… it has the ring of hard truth” – ★★★★ The Times

‘Richard Carpenter is Close To You’ will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Friday, November 2 with doors opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15.50 on the door, with 10% off for Theatre Friends. Call 01297 442138 or visit to book.

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