Mr. Frisby’s most popular work was first seen at the London’s Globe Theatre in 1966 before moving to the West End, where it ran at the Comedy Theatre until 1973. There’s a Girl in My Soup crossed the pond to Broadway for a run at the Music Box Theatre in 1967, playing 322 performances. The play follows a celebrity chef and his younger girlfriend in the ‘60s. It was turned into a romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Peter Sellers in 1970.
Among Mr. Frisby’s other works are The Subtopians (1962), The Bandwagon (1969), All Right If I Do It (1977), Rough Justice (1994), and the musical Kisses on a Postcard (2004), the last being turned into a book and a radio play. He wrote for the television series Lucky Feller (1976) and published a memoir, Outrageous Fortune (1998), focusing on his divorce of nearly 15 years.
A performer as much as a playwright, the artist starred several major productions during the ‘70s, including the West End revival of Nookery Rook, John Osborne’s A Sense of Detachment in 1972, and Barry Reckord’s X in 1974.
Mr. Frisby was born November 28, 1932, in the southeast London suburb New Cross. His father worked as a railway worker and his mother was a musician. After returning to the capital city as a teen following the war, he attended Dartford Grammar School and left to work as a tailor. Several years later, Mr. Frisby decided to pursue acting and supported himself with various short-term jobs to graduate from Central School of Speech and Drama.