Following its critically acclaimed run at The Old Vic, Michael Frayn’s backstage comedy Noises Off has made the welcome decision to transfer to the Novello Theatre for a limited run. This is the first time that a production by The Old Vic Theatre Company has ventured to the West End and we can’t wait! We can’t say we’re surprised though as it was the highest grossing show in the history of The Old Vic Theatre Company.
When not breaking weekly box office records, the show has also been winning favour with critics and peers alike, most notably winning both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy. With so much hype then, we’re guessing you want to know what it’s about…
Directed by Lindsay Posner, Noises Off tells the confusing story of a play within a play. Served up in suitably fast-paced fashion, it follows the backstage hijinks of a touring theatre company during their rehearsals and disastrous opening and final nights. Despite being first thought up in 1970, when Frayn was watching another of his plays in the wings, and celebrating its 30th anniversary earlier this year, the jokes are as fresh and funny as ever too.
Helping the production to make the seamless transition to the West End will also be its impressive team of comedy stars, including Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Jamie Glover, Celia Imrie, Karl Johnson and Paul Ready who will all reprise their original roles.