Find out what is being said about the 40th anniversary production of Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off at London’s Phoenix Theatre with our review round up.
‘Frayn’s play has still got it’: NOISES OFF – Phoenix Theatre
Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre is a fast-paced show that still demands an enormously skilled and precise technical performance from every member of its cast and Lindsay Posner’s team makes it look far easier than it really is. 40 years on, Michael Frayn’s play has still got it.
‘It’s just all very beautiful’: NOISES OFF – Bath & Touring ★★★★★
Millions know it by now, but in case like my enthralled companions last night you aren’t among them, grant me a moment or skip the the penultimate paragraph. Noises Off has been a national treasure since 1982, written by Michael Frayn after realising that the hurtling backstage business of doors, props and actors under stress is funnier than most actual farces. He wrote a squib called EXITS, the great producer Michael Codron encouraged something fuller.
‘An exquisitely paced production’: REVEALED – Bristol ★★★★
Daniel J Carver’s Revealed at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory has been heralded as the most important work the space has ever presented. Perhaps the pitch pushes this conceit a little far, but what is presented is a cracking three-hander that explores what it means to be a black man in contemporary Britain.
VIDEO: Did you miss Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles? Don’t miss the post-show discussion
While its limited run has now finished at the White Bear Theatre, you can still experience the joy of Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles care of MyTheatreMates founder Terri Paddock’s post-show discussion. Maybe another revival is on the cards?
A double whammy of encore performances proves to be a pleasure
Regular readers will know that I like nothing more than seeing shows I’ve already seen and loved again… and again. As a critic, you see shows under specific circumstances — as invited by the production.
NEWS: Nancy Carroll & Haydn Gwynne lead the casting announced for Theatre Royal Bath’s Welcome Back Season of plays
Casting has been announced for the first two plays in the Theatre Royal Bath’s WELCOME BACK Season this autumn, running from 14 October to 12 December 2020. Two of the country’s leading actresses, Nancy Carroll and Haydn Gwynne, are joined by a distinguished cast of experienced stage and screen performers.
NEWS: Theatre Royal Bath will reopen in autumn 2020 with classic plays by Pinter, Frayn & Mamet
Theatre Royal Bath will reopen its main house in autumn 2020 with the Welcome Back Season of plays, beginning with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal directed by Jonathan Church from 14 October to 31 October, followed by Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, directed by Polly Findlay from 4 November to 21 November, and lastly David Mamet’s drama Oleanna directed by Nicole Charles which will run from 25 November to 12 December.
‘Complete laugh-out-loud escapism’: NOISES OFF – West End ★★★★
With a heart of gold reminder about professionalism in the arts, Noises Off is a must see production which will surely continue to have audiences gasping for air and slapping their thighs.
NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith production of Noises Off heads to the West End
The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith production of Michael Frayn’s classic farce about a farce, Noises Off will return to the West End for the fourth time as it heads to the Garrick Theatre from 27 September 2019 to 4 January 2020.
‘A kind of homecoming for this modern classic’: NOISES OFF – Lyric Hammersmith
Michael Frayn’s meta-comic masterpiece Noises Off easily stands the test of time; even when things go wrong!
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith
Jeremy Herrin directs this revival of Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith. Here’s what the critics have been saying about it…
‘Several people were actually rendered helpless’: NOISES OFF – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★★
It felt like a pilgrimage, homage to pay. Thirty-seven years ago Michael Frayn’s greatest of comedies, Noises Off, a wicked love-song to the great age of touring rep, premiered in this very theatre.
‘Has stood the test of time with remarkable ease’: NOISES OFF – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★
The ‘technical difficulties’ that unexpectedly halted the opening night of Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith brought the house down. They couldn’t have been funnier than if they’d been planned.
NEWS: Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen & Daniel Rigby are cast in Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith
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 2019.
‘It’s been a thrilling experience’: Director Michael Blakemore on his return to Copenhagen
At Chichester right now, director Michael Blakemore’s revival of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen has opened to rave reviews. Blakemore has a remarkable history with the piece, having directed it to award-winning success in both London and New York when it premiered 20 years ago, and in the interim, staging the play in France and Australia too.
Copenhagen, Sweet Charity & Little Voice: Libby Purves catches up with a trio of openings
Having been away from her desk, Libby Purves catches up with a trio of openings: Copenhagen at the Minerva Theatre, Sweet Charity at Newbury’s Watermill & Little Voice at the Park Theatre.
‘Makes science not only interesting but utterly irresistible’: COPENHAGEN – Chichester ★★★★★
I was as baffled as anyone to explain why I was on the edge of my seat and engrossed by the inner workings of quantum engineering, astrophysics and nuclear fission as explained in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen at Chichester Festival Theatre.
What’s Debbie looking forward to in August 2018?
Though at the moment it looks quiet, I have finally got a draft schedule together for my time in Edinburgh, and it seems as if my plan to ease myself in has just gone out of the window… It’s going to be a hectic week for me up there, but it has to be done!
Caroline Quentin, Rufus Hound & Penelope Keith line up for Chichester Festival Theatre 2018 season
Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2018 season, announced today, will feature new plays by Laura Wade and Charlotte Jones and revivals of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and musical Flowers For Mrs Harris.
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