Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby have been cast in the Lyric Hammersmith production of Michael Frayn’s award winning Noises Off which runs from 27 June to 27 July 2019 (press night is 2 July). Returning to the Lyric for the first time since its triumphant premiere in 1982, Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons,Wolf Hall, This House) will direct the new production of this iconic British comedy.
The role of Dotty Otley is played by BAFTA Television Award nominee Syal, most known for Beautiful Thing, Absolutely Anything and the BBC’s The Kumars at No. 42. Lloyd Dallas, the director of the play-within-the-play, is played by Owen, who earlier this year starred alongside Sheridan Smith in the ITV drama Cleaning Up. Playing Garry Lejeune is comic actor Rigby, known for playing Eric Morecambe in BBC Two’s Eric & Ernie, for which he won the Best Actor at the BAFTA Television Awards and the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors.
Further casting includes Lois Chimimba (Almeida’s Three Sisters, BBC’s Trust Me) as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Jonathan Cullen (Merry Wives of Windsor) as Freddie Fellows, Debra Gillett (Madness of King George III,Limehouse) as Belinda Blair, Amy Morgan (Travesties, Mr Selfridge) as Brooke Ashton, Enyi Okoronkwo (The Cherry Orchard) as Tim Allgood and Simon Rouse (Hangmen, Local Hero, The Bill)as Selsdon Mowbray.
Michael Frayn said:
“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 40 years, to the theatre where it took its first hopeful but still uncertain steps.”
Noises Off is designed by Max Jones, with lighting by Amy Mae Smith and sound by Lorna Munden.