About the showAfter an acclaimed run at Lyric Hammersmith, Michael Frayn’s classic backstage comedy Noises Off is set to transfer to the Garrick Theatre. Following a slapdash acting company’s attempts to put on a farce, it marks the show’s fourth West End engagement.
First staged 40 years ago, Noises Off follows the cast and crew of dubious farce Nothing On as they try to make it a success. As mishaps both on and off-stage abound and personal relationships leak into professional, Noises off is a satirical but loving tribute to the chaos of theatre. Its pitch-perfect comic timing and quirky cast of characters has ensured its lasting success, and it earned four Tony Award nominations for its Broadway debut.
Casting includes Meera Syal (The Kumars; RSC: Much Ado About Nothing) Daniel Rigby (One Man, Two Guvnors), Lloyd Owen (The York Realist) and Simon Rouse (The Full Monty), who all performed in the show at Lyric Hammersmith. Joining them on the West End are Sarah Hadland (BBC's Miranda; West End: Admissions), Richard Henders, Lisa McGrillis, Anjli Mohindra and Adrian Richards.
Michael Frayn’s career spans plays, novels and films, with hits including Spies and Copenhagen. As writer of Noises Off, he won the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
Noises Off at the Garrick Theatre is directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall, All My Sons), with design from Max Jones and lighting by Amy Mae.
It’s a show described by critics as “the funniest farce ever written,” (Evening Standard), and this new production has kept audiences rolling in their seats. Noises Off begins previews on 27 September 2019.
Who Should See It?Any fans of modern hit The Play That Goes Wrong will love this formative example of the genre.