The Two of Us

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The Two of Us (Play) Souvenir Brochure Date Feb  1977 Theatre Royal Sydney

Starring  Sheila Hancock & John Shaw


The Two of Us is a 1970 play by British playwright Michael Frayn. It consists of four one-act plays for two actors and is Frayn’s first published play. It was first performed at the Garrick Theatre by Richard Briers and Lynn Redgrave.

The four plays that make up The Two of Us are:

  • Black and Silver: A night in the life of a young married couple on holiday with a new baby. This was originally written for a season of one-act plays by various authors, for which it was not accepted; Frayn then wrote the remaining plays in order to create his own season of one-act plays. They were
  • The New Quixote: An eccentric young man pursues a relationship with an older woman who met him at a party where she got inebriated. When she finds him at her door the next morning she wants nothing more of him.
  • Mr Foot: An Englishman seems to have formed a better relationship with his twitching foot than with his somewhat envious wife.
  • Chinamen: A farce about a catastrophic dinner party, in which the two actors play all of the characters. (The host of the party remarks, early in the piece, that he has trouble telling his typical English friends apart, comparing them to the proverbial Chinamen that all supposedly look alike.) The play is a tour-de-force, with the two actors changing costumes and assuming new roles without apparent effort. Frayn considered the frantic backstage activity funnier than the play itself,[1] which inspired his very successful play Noises Off.

Australian Cast Includes

Sheila Hancock

John Shaw

David Nettheim

Valma Pratt

Designed by Terry Parsons

Directed by Patrick Lau


Size 200 x 300 mm Pages 26
Condition: Used Good 8/10 Cover has a few creases
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