The critically acclaimed musical comedy play is to tour the UK later this year, written and performed  by Matthew Floyd Jones.

Matthew Floyd Jones is getting close to you, Richard Carpenter style… of sorts.

“Playing Richard Carpenter just feels so right to me. He was my first musical inspiration growing up, and after 10 years of Frisky and Mannish, I am essentially the Richard Carpenter of the comedy circuit. I am so lucky that he hasn’t sued yet, and that I am getting to take my wacky show, made with such love, all over the world.” – Matthew Floyd Jones

Following a sell out smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, and a highly successful Australian tour, musical tragicomedy ‘Richard Carpenter is Close to You’ is set to tour the UK.

He was on top of the world. Looking down on creation. To the left of (and slightly behind) his kid sister, Karen. Now he’s back in the spotlight, but it’s no longer yesterday once more. In a world of rainy days and Mondays, one man’s solitary journey to find himself has only just begun… so get yourself a ticket to ride, and buckle the hell up!

In the 1970s, brother and sister duo The Carpenters were one of the best-selling music artists the world had ever seen. In the 2010s, comedy duo Frisky and Mannish became one of the most popular musical parody acts the Edinburgh Fringe had ever seen. Now one half of that duo, Matthew Floyd Jones (the guy to the left behind the piano in F&M) presents his first major solo show – ‘Richard Carpenter is Close to You’. The first show ever created specifically about Richard, as opposed to Carpenters in general or Karen, this is a piece that’s been crying out to be created… but only by Mannish.

‘Richard Carpenter is Close to You’ is many things… An epic concert of hit tunes and harrowing travesties from the smiliest guy in pop-rock history. A bittersweet dark comedy that tells the hilarious, traumatic, imaginary tale of the ultimate piano player. A character-comedy/theatre/live music hybrid that sprinkles pitch perfect song parodies over an ultimately very moving story. 

The parody of Richard is not endorsed or affiliated with the real Richard Carpenter in any way, with producers noting its very much a work of fiction inspired by The Carpenters’ legacy and is created with great affection for Richard and Karen. Producers state if birds suddenly appear, its franky just a coincidence.

“Wonderful characterisation… wit and exuberance” –  Melbourne Observer

The real Richard Carpenter in 2015.

TOUR DATES:

Date: 11 & 12 Oct

Time: 8pm

Venue: London, Bloomsbury Theatre

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Date: 19 Oct

Time: 7.45pm

Venue: Harrogate Theatre Studio

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Date: 27 Oct

Time: 8pm

Venue: Norwich Playhouse

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Date: 01 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Gravesend Woodville Studio Theatre

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Date: 02 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Lyme Regis Marine Theatre

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Date: 03 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Hedge End The Berry Theatre

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Date: 04 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix Theatre

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Date: 08 Nov

Time: 7pm

Venue: Carlisle Old Fire Station

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Date: 09 Nov ­

Time: 8pm

Venue: Sale Waterside Arts Centre

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Date: 15 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Guildford G Live

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Date: 16 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Reading South Street

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Date: 17 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Banbury Mill Arts

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Date: 23 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Cambridge Junction

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Date: 24 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre

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Date: 25 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Sheffield University, The Drama Studio

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Date: 28 Nov

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Fareham Ashcroft Arts Centre

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Date: 29 Nov

Time: 8pm

Venue: Brighton Komedia Studio

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Date: 07 Dec

Time: 8.45pm

Venue: Milton Keynes The Stables

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Date: 08 Dec

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Barton Upon Humber Ropewalk

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