About Noises Off
'Probably the most side-splitting play ever written...' The Independent
Lindsay Posner directs a new production of Michael Frayn's irresistable, multi-award-winning backstage comedy NOISES OFF at The Old Vic.
Noises Off is a 1982 play by English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it was born in 1970, when Frayn was standing in the wings watching a performance of Chinamen, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. According to the playwright, "It was funnier from behind than in front and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind." The prototype, a short-lived one-act play entitled Exits, was written and performed in 1977. At the request of associate Michael Codron, Frayn expanded the play into what would become Noises Off.
Cast list: Celia Imrie, Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Jamie Glover, Amy Nuttall, Karl Johnson, Aisling Loftus & Paul Ready