Noises Off opens at the Old Vic this December


Noises Off, Michael Frayns brilliantly inventive and multi award-winning 1982 comedy, previews at The Old Vic from 3 December, with a press night on 13 December. Lindsay Posner directs.

Noises Off a hilarious play within a play – follows the amateur touring production of a dreadful sex comedy Nothing On, as it travels around the country. From the disastrous dress rehearsal with the cast still fumbling with entrances and exits and bothersome props, to the final performance of missed cues and forgotten lines, Noises Off portrays the explosive personal relationships that have led to off-stage shenanigans and on-stage bedlam.

The play premiered at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 1982, directed by Michael Blakemore and starred Patricia Routledge, Paul Eddington, and Nicky Henson. It opened to universally ecstatic reviews and shortly after transferred to the West End’s Savoy Theatre, where it ran until 1987 with five successive casts. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.