richard carpenter
is close to you

2-14 / 16-27 aug., 5:20pm (1hr.)
george square, edinburgh fringe

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***EXTRA SHOW ADDED*** 23 aug., 1:15pm
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The piano player from Frisky & Mannish plays the piano player from The Carpenters in a razor-sharp parody play about a life spent playing the piano.

Richard used to be on top of the world, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen.  
Now he's back like it's yesterday once more, only this time solitaire really is the only game in town.

DISCLAIMER: Not endorsed by the real Richard Carpenter


Edinburgh Festival 2017 Top Picks  The Guardian
Best Shows of Edinburgh 2017  The Stage
Edinburgh Awards 2017  Not Television
My Top 5 Showtunes  What's On Stage
Spotlight: RCICTY  Miro Magazine
Interview with MFJ  Voice Mag
Edinburgh Interview  Theatre Weekly
Festival Theatre Top Tips  The List
RCICTY in Edinburgh  Three Weeks
Edinburgh 2017 Q&A  Broadway World
+3 Interview: RCICTY  Edinburgh 49
Dramaturgy is Close to You  Vile Arts
MFJ discusses RCICTY  Female First
Preview: Manchester Fringe  Attitude
Offbeat 2017: RCICTY  OX Magazine


"Delightfully on the money... This show's stroke of genius lies in the characterisation of Carpenter... it has the ring of hard truth" ★★★★ The Times
"A uniquely talented performer... meticulously constructed... the bittersweet comedy narrative is priceless" ★★★★ The Stage
"This charming story joyfully waves a flag for those forgotten heroes" ★★★★ The List
"Jones achieves something rare: sympathy for Richard, an aching sense of the sadness, but above all laughter at its ridiculousness – all achieved with a hugely commendable lightness of touch" ★★★★★ Reviews Hub
"Exceptional... probably the most impressive performance I've seen at the Fringe" ★★★★½ Edinburgh Culture Review
"Perfectly rendered parody songs... There is a deep affection at the heart of this... A Superstar"  ★★★★ Broadway Baby
"Hilarious... Jones is superb in bringing to life his own script" ★★★★ Fringe Guru
"Tremendously talented... a one of a kind show" ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"A master of parody... clever and smart entertainment... clearly a real talent" ★★★★ Theatre Bubble
"Only a hardline megafan would fail to see the funny side of this" ★★★★ The Wee Review
"Sublime... comedy gold... Jones brings the house down" ★★★★ Talk Dramaturgy to Me
"Well-written and slickly performed, intelligent, sophisticated and never obvious... has the audience howling with laughter" Bristol 24/7
"Powerful, entertaining and empowering, and bloody funny" Not Television
"Uplifting and very moving" Buxton Fringe
"A compelling showman" Ed Fringe Review
"An excellent performer. His characterisation never once gives way" Fest
"You'll either love it or hate it" Daily Mail

best new writing buxton 2017
Guardian top pick Edinburgh 2017
Stage best shows Edinburgh 2017