Welcome to Michael Friend Productions
The Theatre Production Company established in 1992, touring productions of Classical and Modern Plays.
Shaw - Wilde - Coward - Feydeau - J.K.Jerome - Ben Travers - D.H.Wilson - Stella Gibbons - Henry James - Brandon Thomas - A.W.Pinero - Robert Shearman - Molière -Fielding - John Ford - Lewis Dixon - Fredrerick Knott - Alan Ayckbourn - Eric Chapple - Hugh Whitemore - Alan Bennett - Jean Genet - Patrick Hamilton - Arthur Schnitzler - J.B.Priestley - Neil Simon - Karoline Leach - John Goodrum - Stanley Eveling - Bernardo Stella - Richard Harris - Racine - Terry Johnson -Tim Whitnall - Roy Kendall - Stewart Pringle
LET US HOPE FOR A BETTER
AFTER A WHOLE YEAR WITH NO STAGE PRODUCTIONS DUE TO COVID 19 WE ARE DETERMINED TO RETURN TO BUSINESS AS SOON AS IS PRACTICAL AND SAFE. PLANS LAID SO FAR WITH THE SARAH THORNE THEATRE BROADSTAIRS ARE FOR A SUMMER REPERTORY SEASON FROM MID JULY AND OUR POSTPONED PRODUCTION OF "PUSS IN BOOTS" IN DECEMBER
THEATRICAL LIFE CONTINUES BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE
SEE THE ACTORS FROM THE POSTPONED PRODUCTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST FILMING FROM THEIR HOME, SCENES FROM THE PLAY AND ALSO A REMENISCENCE OF PAST PANTOS ON THE SARAH THORNE THEATRE WEBSITE
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ABOUT - Information about earlier seasons - recent productions - and future performances.
MORE - Archive information - cast lists - photographs.
CALENDAR - Dates for your diary.
CONTACT INFO - how to get in touch with MFP - check the availability of plays - email your questions.
NEWS - Productions for 2018.
LONDON PUB THEATRES MAGAZINE
Each year we ask our senior reviewers to give their own personal choice of best show that they have seen at a pub theatre during the year
TEECHERS, PENTAMETERS THEATRE "The play I enjoyed reviewing most this year was a revival of John Godber's Teechers at the Pentameters Theatre, directed by Michael Friend. The premise - three disaffected pupils producing a play about their school year - requires a great deal from its actors, who each have to take on a large number of roles. The excellent cast (Paul Thomas, Edina Hadley, and Abbey Norman) did this well and with terrific energy. Despite the play being 30 years old, and education in the UK having changed greatly in the meantime, the themes of disaffected kids shoved to the periphery of the school system still rang true today. It was also my first visit to the gloriously bohemian Pentameters Theatre, one of the first London pub theatres, which was an ideal venue for this intimate play" Andrew Curtis London Pub Theatres Magazine
A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklyn Barnabas.
"A little Shavian gem that is not within the familiar Shavian oeuvre. It was originally intended to be a scene in Back to Methuselah but he deleted the scene before its first production in 1922.... Immenso Champernoon is played by Jonas Cemm - an amazing reproduction of the picture of G.K.Chesterton on the programme cover - though much younger. The role is Shaw's joke with his best friend G.K. imagining him as a younger man ... There is an erudite and very funny performance from Julia Faulkner as the femme fatale who can talk rings round Immenso ...Shaw has given her many quotable lines 'Women are trained not to tell the truth' 'Beauty is subjective, Ugly is objective'. This very short play is beautifully directed byMichael Friend who is an artist steeped in the works of Shaw." ALINE WAITES on Remotegoat 18-10-2018
10th Broadstairs Summer Rep Season
"Each rep season just gets better
Four comedies, Bernard Shaw the first week with Too True to be Good. ... An excellent production with a star cast. Jonas Cemm is a truly amazing actor and had the audience mesmerized. Paul Thomas was hilarious. How clever was Shaw in the 1930s? The second play Rising Damp was bound to be a sellout. ... Once again a great cast but Clive Greenwood's Rigsby was so impressive. Close your eyes and you thought you were watching the sitcom itself. Week three was Alan Ayckbourn's Sugar Daddies with Clive Greenwood excelling again. And last but by no means least, Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers . A hilarious story of Barney and his lovers which were just not meant to be. Bethany Blake, Johanna Pearson-Farr and Lasley-Anne Webb were amazing. Congratulations to Michael Friend Productions and Michael Wheatley Ward for bringing an excellent choice of drama to Broadstairs."
Too True to be Good by Bernard Shaw Shaw's Corner July 2017
"Michael Friend gave us this extraordinary play of the post-war Twenties - with a talking Germ, a gangster Nurse, an aviator turned burglar and an affectionately comic portrayal of Lawrence of Arabia as the Birthday offering for the 2017 Ayot Shaw Festival ... and what a treat it was: splendid production, excellent casting, and an impressive and fluid ensemble with some thrilling performances.... The visual close-ups were complemented by the vivid colours and variety of costume design by Lindsay Hill, ... Exits and entrances extended right out to the orchard and the log sawing area to the left of the house, and Aubrey's final oration began with Jonas Cemm sweeping around the garden to the right to come up behind and around and through the audience, using his strong theatrical presence and richly sonorous voice to weave the spell of this long aria. It was a truly thrilling climax to a great evening of theatre. I had eagerly looked forward to seeing Too True - the first time I had seen it staged - and Michael Friend, his cast and production team amply rewarded my anticipation," Anne Wright THE SHAVIAN
Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw Shaw's Corner June 2017
"Laura Fitzpatrick kicked off the play with a magnificently tart and confident Lady Britomart ... William Keetch, Alice Ivor and Derek Murphy resisted or succumbed with appropriate wriggles or
stubbornness while Maryann O'Brien, as Barbara, projected both family loyaltyand a clear sense that her calling lay entirely elsewhere. With the arrival of Chris Myles as Andrew Undershaft , investor in and propergandist for arial armaments Lady B met her unassailable match." Alan Knight THE SHAVIAN
A Garden Fete and a Game of Golf by Alan Ayckbourn
"Versatile duo shine in superb production
A Garden Fete, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs
Jonas Cemm and Bethany Blake produced a real tour de force in this production deftly directed by Michael Friend. ... I was lost in wonder at the way so many lines effortlessly - or so it seemed - tripped off their tongues, along with the different accents and mannerisms of the various characters they were portraying, usually with just a few seconds to effect a change of clothing and get back into another character. ... This wa a superb production and I am now looking forward to the theatre's summer rep programme for more of the same."
Sian Napier April 2017