40th Anniversary Tour of Noises Off, Starring Felicity Kendal, Sets West End Return | Playbill

International News 40th Anniversary Tour of Noises Off, Starring Felicity Kendal, Sets West End Return

Lindsay Posner directs the Michael Frayn comedy.

Felicity Kendal and Jonathan Coy in Noises Off Nobby Clark

Theatre Royal Bath Productions' 40th anniversary production of Michael Frayn's Tony-nominated farce Noises Off, which launched a U.K. tour in September 2022 at Theatre Royal Bath and played a limited engagement at London's Phoenix Theatre this past winter, will return to the West End in the fall.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, performances are scheduled for September 27-December 16 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with an official opening October 5.

The cast will be headed by Felicity Kendal (The Good Life, Hay Fever, Relatively Speaking) as Dotty Otley with Jonathan Coy as Frederick Fellows and Alexander Hanson as Lloyd Dallas. Additional casting will be announced.

In Frayn's comic conceit, the audience follows the misfortunes of a fifth-rate British troupe as it rehearses (Act One), performs (Act Two), and destroys (Act Three) a British sex farce called Nothing On. The points of view change during Noises Off, offering a front of-house rehearsal, a backstage perspective during a performance, and another view from the house, several months into the run.

The creative team also includes designer Simon Higlett, lighting designer Paul Pyant, sound designer Greg Clarke, composer Will Stuart, movement and fight director Ruth Cooper-Brown, associate director George Jibson, and casting director Ginny Schiller.

Noises Off opened in London in 1982 before arriving at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre in December 1983 and playing 553 performances. A feature film was made of Noises Off in 1992. The comedy has been revived twice on Broadway, in 2001 and, most recently, in 2016.

Frayn won the 2000 Tony Award for his play Copenhagen.

For tickets to the West End engagement, visit Trh.co.uk.

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