LONDON – Before The Play That Goes Wrong, there was Michael Frayn’s Noises Off. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the award-winning play gets a revival this June at the Lyric Hammersmith, returning for the first time since its premiere in 1982.
Known as one of Britain’s most iconic stage comedies, the play will star BAFTA Television Award nominee Meera Syal as Dotty Otley, Lloyd Owen as the Lloyd Dallas, the director of the play-within-the-play, and comic actor Daniel Rigby as Garry Lejeune, best known for roles such as Donald in acclaimed Channel 4 series Flowers. Other cast members include Lois Chimimba as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Jonathan Cullen as Freddie Fellows, Debra Gillett as Belinda Blair, Amy Morganas Brooke Ashton, Enyi Okoronkwo as Tim Allgood and Simon Rouse as Selsdon Mowbray.
Noises Off is so iconic precisely because it goes where no theatre show had gone before, depicting a play-within-a-play happening onstage, somehow going horribly wrong with unpredictable twists and mistakes, before taking us to the backstage where we see all hell breaks loose, heightened with technical brilliance and split-second timing to choreograph each laugh out loud error to perfection.
Says playwright Michael Frayn: “It’s a great personal pleasure for me, of course, to see my play come home, after all its travels around the world in the last forty years, to the theatre where it took its first hopeful but still uncertain steps.”
Noises Off plays from 27th June to 27th July 2019 at Lyric Hammersmith. Tickets available here