The acclaimed 40th Anniversary tour of Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning farce Noises Off is heading to the West End.
The show will play the Phoenix Theatre from 19 January to 11 March 2023, on Monday to Saturday evenings, and Thursday and Saturday matinees .
One of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Off is directed by Lindsay Posner (God of Carnage, Hay Fever, Stones in his Pockets).
Noises Off stars Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever) as Dotty Otley, stage and screen actors Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner) as Belinda Blair, Matthew Kelly (The Dresser, Waiting For Godot) as Selsdon Mowbray, and Jonathan Coy (Relatively Speaking) as Fredrick Fellows.
The full cast includes Alexander Hanson as Lloyd Dallas, Joseph Millson as Garry Lejeune, Sasha Frost as Brooke Ashton, Pepter Lunkhuse as Poppy Norton Taylor, and Hubert Burton as Tim.
This production opened at the Theatre Royal Bath in September 2022 and has been touring the UK. It scored mainly four star reviews when it opened in Bath.
Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill – a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Noises Off follows 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).
Book Noises Off tickets at the Phoenix Theatre in London