UK Tour - "Richard Carpenter is Close to You" - Autumn 2018

presented by rbm comedy in association with matthew floyd jones



Richard used to be on Top of the World, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen.  
Now he's coming back with a vengeance, 
only to find that it's not exactly Yesterday, Once More.

The piano player from Frisky & Mannish takes on the piano player from The Carpenters in this razor-sharp parody play about life playing the piano, 
which was a sell-out success at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and has just returned from an acclaimed tour of Adelaide and Melbourne.

In a world where Rainy Days and Mondays collide,
one man’s Solitairy journey to find himself has only just begun...


"Achieves something rare... with a hugely commendable lightness of touch" 
Reviews Hub ★★★★★
"Exceptional... probably the most impressive performance I've seen at the Fringe" 
Edinburgh Culture Review ★★★★½
"Delightfully on the money... [a] stroke of genius" 
Times ★★★★
"Uniquely talented... meticulously constructed... priceless" 
Stage ★★★★
"Joyfully waves a flag for those forgotten heroes"
 List ★★★★
"Perfectly rendered parody songs... a Superstar" 
Broadway Baby ★★★★
"Hilarious... Jones is superb" 
Fringe Guru ★★★★
"Sublime... comedy gold... Jones brings the house down" 
Talk Dramaturgy to Me ★★★★
"A one of a kind show" 
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★
"Only a hardline megafan would fail to see the funny side of this" 
Wee Review ★★★★
"A master of parody... clever and smart" 
Theatre Bubble ★★★★
"Ingenious... one of the best shows I've seen" 
Australian Arts Review
"Well-written and slickly performed, intelligent, sophisticated and never obvious" 
Bristol 24/7
"An hilarious, heartfelt, layered, silly, and considered masterwork... dripping with delicious, expected joy and sugary delight" HiFi-Way
"Powerful, entertaining and empowering, and bloody funny" 
Not Television
"Wonderful characterisation... wit and exuberance" 
Melbourne Observer

"A compelling showman" Ed Fringe Review
"A hit" Australian Stage Online
"You'll either love it or hate it" Daily Mail


DISCLAIMER: Not endorsed by the real Richard Carpenter.