Noises Off is coming to the West End for a limited run

Updated on 8 March 2023

Before The Play That Goes Wrong, there was Noises Off. Inspiring a generation of farce productions, Noises Off is considered to be one of the greatest British comedies ever written. In celebration of the 40th-anniversary production of Michael Frayn’s renowned comedy, the West End is set to host Noises Off once again at London’s Pheonix Theatre, from 19 January 2023, for 8 weeks only. Tickets for this catastrophic and legendary production are available to purchase today! 

NOISES OFF - Tracy-Ann Oberman (Belinda), Alexander Hanson (Lloyd) & Joseph Millson (Garry)© Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Tracy-Ann Oberman (Belinda) & Jonathan Coy (Frederick) © Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Sasha Frost (Brooke) © Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Sasha Frost (Brooke) & Jonathan Coy (Frederick) © Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Joseph Millson (Garry), Alexander Hanson (Lloyd), Hubert Burton (Tim) & Sasha Frost (Brooke) © Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Felicity Kendal (Dotty), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Belinda) & Matthew Kelly (Selsdon) © Nobby Clark
NOISES OFF - Felicity Kendal (Dotty) © Nobby Clark

About Noises Off 

It’s a play within a play and a truly rowdy affair. Prepare to go beyond the curtain and follow a hilariously out-of-control company of actors who struggle to see their latest show through. With a generous helping of ego, passionate affairs and memory loss, Noises Off is a window into all of the theatrical drama beyond the stage. Antics unfold beautifully, the cast flounder and tensions rise backstage, only to seep out for all the audience to see in this fictional skit of Nothing On. From missed cues to flubbed lines, this slapstick comedy is a masterclass in farce, sharp timing and technical complexity. Covering rehearsals, the opening night, a catastrophic matinee and a final disaster of a performance, this timeless tale is innovation in its purest form. 

The legacy of Noises Off 

The idea for Noises Off came to Michael Frayn as he witnessed the behind-the-scenes drama of his production of the 1970 farce The Two of Us. After noticing that the content backstage was often funnier than out front, the idea for Noises Off was born.

The original production of Noises Off opened in London in 1982 and has since become a global classic. The show has been nominated for multiple Tony awards and has had various London revivals over the years, including productions at the Piccadilly Theatre, The National Theatre, and London’s Old Vic. There was also a film produced from Noises Off, with a cast including Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter and Nicollette Sheridan.

The cast and creatives of Noises Off 

Noises Off is written by the maestro of farce comedy Michael Frayn. The creative team for this 40th Anniversary production includes Lindsay Posner (Director), Simon Higlett (Designer), Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer), Greg Clarke (Sound Designer), Will Stuart (Composer), Ruth Cooper-Brown (Movement and Fight Director), George Jibson (Associate Director), Ginny Schiller (Casting Director).

Noises Off stars Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever) as Dotty Otley, Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner and Edmond) as Belinda Blair and Matthew Kelly (The Dresser, Waiting For Godot, as well as hosting Stars In Their Eyes and You Bet!) as Selsdon Mowbray, Alexander Hanson as Lloyd Dallas, Joseph Millson as Garry Lejeune, Sasha Frost as Brooke Ashton, Pepter Lunkuse as Poppy Norton Taylor and Jonathan Coy as Fredrick Fellows.

Noises Off tickets are available now

Watch the drama unfold at breakneck speed in Michael Frayn’s slapstick comedy.

By Kevin Thomas

From as early as I can recall, writing has always been my passion. Being able to combine this with my love for theatre has been a rewarding and exhilarating experience. I truly believe that there is magic in seeing a story brought to life on stage, and this is what I would like to promote to audiences.