The Old Vic Theatre is a regular home to some stand-out shows and this will be no different with the arrival of “Noises Off” from December 2011. The production will mark the latest occasion in which London theatre audiences gather to witness the 1982 play from Michael Frayn and it will also mark the latest occasion in which they can see the work of actors like Celia Imrie and Janie Dee onstage. The show also has the ability to boast Lindsay Posner as its director, returning to the London stage since directing “Butley” at the Duchess Theatre.
“Noises Off” is a unique play, though it shares something in common with “Pippin” at the Menier Chocolate Factory in that is focuses on a group of actors putting on a show. We are introduced to a group of amateur performers as they embark on a tour of their comedy “Nothing On”, proving that offstage antics can sometimes rivals those onstage. The play itself is notable for its sexually-fuelled topics but with disastrous rehearsals and dramatic personal relationships behind the scenes there is plenty to remember.
Michael Frayn first brought “Noises Off” to the stage in 1982 when it premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith and later transferred to the Savoy Theatre. It would later appear in New York in the same year, where it would enjoy repeated success before more recent productions arrived such as that staged at The National Theatre in 2000 (before transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre). So to call it a popular production is an understatement and it is likely that this version will match the success of those that have come before it when it runs over the Christmas and New Year season.
Lindsay Posner is an acclaimed director whose recent work includes the likes of “Butley” at the Duchess Theatre, as well as “An Ideal Husband” at the Vaudeville Theatre and “A View from the Bridge” at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Other productions that have featured her talents have also appeared on stages at the National Theatre and the Royal Court.
As well as Celia Imrie and Janie Dee, the show will also feature Robert Glenister, Jamie Glover, Karl Johnson, Aisling Loftus, Amy Nuttall and Paul Ready.
“Noises Off” appears at The Old Vic Theatre from Tuesday 13th December 2011 (previews from Saturday 3rd December 2011) to Saturday 25th February 2012.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 3rd December 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 10th March 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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