By MICHAEL FRAYN
The rip-roaring backstage comic farce
That's what it's all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on – getting off. Getting the sardines on – getting the sardines off. That's farce. That's the theatre. That's life.
Described by legendary New York Times critic Frank Rich as “the funniest play written in my lifetime,” Noises Off is a rip-roaring farce that hurtles along at breakneck speed. It lifts the curtain on the backstage drama of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance.
It's a world where doors get stuck, sardines go missing, actors become glued to props, scantily-clad women search for missing bags and lines are dropped nearly as frequently as the leading man’s trousers. Add in a cast bursting with tempestuous love affairs, a crippling fear of blood, secret crushes, not-so-secret drinking, and just a few precious egos and the recipe is brewing for offstage shenanigans and onstage chaos.
Can director Lloyd hold the show together? Will Selsdon stay sober long enough to make his entrance on time? Does Dotty know whether she is coming or going? The show must go on!
Winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy, Noises Off has delighted millions since it premiered in 1982. Join us for a door-slamming, axe-wielding, trouser-dropping line-up of laughs to brighten up your autumn!
DOTTY OTLEY | Chloë Faine
BELINDA BLAIR | Harriet Usher
FREDDIE FELLOWES | Peter Bryans
GARRY LEJEUNE | Sam Pearce
BROOKE ASHTON | Jessica Rogers
SELSDON MOWBRAY | Michael Mayne
LLOYD DALLAS | Chris de Pury
TIM ALLGOOD | Alex Magliaro
POPPY NORTON-TAYLOR | Laura Capaldi
DIRECTOR | Matt Gould
PRODUCER | Pippa Kyle
SET DESIGN | Steven King
COSTUMES AND PRODUCTION DESIGNER | Clare Harding
LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGNER | Ben Hussey
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | Tracie Laurinaitis
STAGE MANAGER | Lizzie Drapper
And with a whole week still to go I cannot urge you, no… plead with you, no… beg you enough to clear your diaries and get down to the City of London this coming week for one of the funniest evenings in theatre you’re ever likely to experience.
- Thursday 15 October 2015 7.30pm
- Friday 16 October 2015 7.30pm
- Saturday 17 October 2015 2.30pm
- Saturday 17 October 2015 7.30pm
- Tuesday 20 October 2015 7.30pm
- Wednesday 21 October 2015 7.30pm
- Thursday 22 October 2015 7.30pm
- Friday 23 October 2015 7.30pm
- Saturday 24 October 2015 2.30pm
- Saturday 24 October 2015 7.30pm