Tracy-Ann Oberman and Matthew Kelly board Noises Off 40th Anniversary tour

TV stars Tracy-Ann Oberman and Matthew Kelly will appear in the 40th Anniversary tour of Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning farce, Noises Off.

Joining the previously announced Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever) as Dotty Otley, stage and screen actors Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner and Edmond) is set to play Belinda Blair with Matthew Kelly (The DresserWaiting For Godot, as well as hosting Stars In Their Eyes and You Bet!) cast as Selsdon Mowbray. 

The full cast will include Alexander Hanson as Lloyd Dallas, Joseph Millson as Garry Lejeune, Sasha Frost as Brooke Ashton, Pepter Lunkhuse as Poppy Norton Taylor, Jonathan Coy as Fredrick Fellows, and Hubert Burton as Tim 

One of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Off will be directed byLindsay Posner (God of Carnage, Hay Fever, Stones in his Pockets). The tour will open at Theatre Royal Bath from 22 September 2022, before heading on to Richmond Theatre (4 – 15 October 2022), Theatre Royal Brighton (18 – 22 October 2022) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (25 October – 29 October 2022).

Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill – a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Noises Offfollows the on and off-stage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through the fictional farce, Nothing On. From the shambolic final rehearsals before opening night in Weston-super-Mare, to a disastrous matinee in Ashton-Under-Lyme seen entirely, and hilariously silently, from backstage, before we share their final, brilliantly catastrophic performance in Stockton-on-Tees.

After watching from the wings a production of his 1970 farce The Two of Us with Richard Briers and Lynn Redgrave and noting that the goings on behind the scenes were funnier than out front, Michael Frayn wrote Noises Off. The original production opened in London in 1982 before becoming a worldwide hit. A feature film was made of Noises Off in 1992.

Noises Off is written by Michael Frayn. The creative team for this 40th Anniversary production includes Lindsay Posner (Director), Simon Higlett (Designer), Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer), Greg Clarke (Sound Designer), Will Stuart (Composer), Ruth Cooper-Brown (Movement and Fight Director), George Jibson (Associate Director), Ginny Schiller (Casting Director).

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📷 Main photo: Tracy-Ann Oberman; Tracy-Ann Oberman, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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