Noises Off

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Noises Off

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  4f, 6m

Noises Off
by Michael Frayn

Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.



Image: Joan Marcus

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 6m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce
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Summary

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

The play opens with a touring company dress-rehearsing Nothing On, a conventional farce. Mixing mockery and homage, Frayn heaps into this play-within-a-play a hilarious melée of stock characters and situations. 

History
Noise Off was first presented at The Lyric, Hammersmith on 23rd February 1982, and on the 31st March at The Savoy Theatre, London
Cast Attributes

Dotty Otley

Lloyd Dallas

Gerry Lejeune

Brooke Ashton

Poppy Norton-Taylor

Frederick Fellowes

Belinda Blair

Tim Allgood

Selsdon Mowbray

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting A living-room stage set, backstage behind the set

Media

"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium." - The New York Times

Videos

  • Noises Off - Old Vic Trailer

  • Noises Off - Roundabout Theatre montage

  • Roundabout Theatre cast discusses Noises Off

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  • Noises Off

    Image: Joan Marcus

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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: ...
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