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Frayn, Michael

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Born: 1933 AD
Currently alive, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Novelists, Playwrights

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1933 - Born in London on the 8th of September.

1941 - His finest, the play Copenhagen deals with a historical event, meeting between the Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his protege, the German Werner Heisenberg, when Denmark is under German occupation, and Heisenberg is working on the development of an atomic bomb.

1957 - He learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists, Frayn read Moral Sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating.

1966 - Somerset Maugham Award for The Tin Men.

1975 - London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, for Alphabetical Order.

1976 - Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, for Donkey's Years.

1980 - London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy for Make and Break.

1982 - London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, for Noises Off.

         - Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, for Noises Off.

1984 - London Evening Standard Award for Best Play, for Benefactors.

1986 - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play of the Season for Benefactors.

1990 - International Emmy Award for First and Last.

1991 - Sunday Express Book of the Year, for A Landing on the Sun.

1998 - Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, for Copehagen.

1998 - London Evening Standard Award for Best Play, for Copehagen.

2000 - Tony Award for Best Play (USA) for Copehagen.

2000 - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play of the  Season for Copenhagen.

2002 - Whitbread Best Novel Award for Spies, the overall Whitbread Prize went to his wife, Claire Tomalin.

2003-2004 - F0rayn's most recent play Democracy ran successfully in London, Copenhagen and on Broadway; it dramatizes the story of German chancellor Willy Brandt and his personal assistant, the East German spy Günter Guillaume.

         - Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book for Spies.

2006 - On the 24th of November, he was a guest at The Royal Society in London to discuss his book The Human Touch.


   

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