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Exchange - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


Michael Frayn, Yuri Trifonov

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

9m, 9f

Translated and adapted by Michael Frayn
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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy


Interior Set

Originally produced at the Taganka Theatre in Moscow where it ran eight years, this cinematic slice of Moscow life was first produced in English using this fine version by the author of Noises Off and Copenhagen. A Muscovite machine supplier, Viktor, lives with his wife Lena and teenage daughter Natashka in a one room flat with a shared bathroom. Viktor's elderly mother Ksenya has a one room flat and a house in the country. Since she can live at the dacha, Viktor wants to exchange the two one room flats for a two room flat for his family. Ksenya is amenable, but what about Viktor's sister and her husband who stay in the dacha when they are not working in Siberia? Viktor must barter his better nature and familial loyalties in a desperate search for better living conditions.
"Powerful, resonant." - Financial Times

"Anyone who likes Chekhov will be drawn to this play." - Daily Telegraph

"In Frayn's skillful translation [Exchange] is fascinating and funny." - Time Out

Originally produced at the Taganka Theatre in Moscow


9m, 9f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his writing career as a reporter at The Guardian and The Observer. His subsequent plays include Alphabetical Order, Clouds, Donkeys' Years, Make and Break, Benefactors, Democracy, and Afterlife, which was developed for the Royal National Theatre in 2008. Copenhagen, first staged at the National, won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of ... view full profile

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