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The Lyric Hammersmith's Noises Off transfers to the West End

Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith. Top - bottom: Lloyd Owen, Meera Syal, Daniel Rigby. Photo by Johan Persson.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Lyric Hammersmith’s production of Michael Frayn’s award-winning Noises Off is transferring to the West End – to the Garrick Theatre where it will run from September 27, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

With technical brilliance and split-second timing, Noises Off takes audiences behind the scenes with a company of actors in a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the unpredictability of life in the theatre.

Reprising their roles for the West End will be:

BAFTA Television Award nominee Meera Syal (Beautiful Thing, Absolutely Anything and The Kumars at No. 42) as Dotty Otley portraying Mrs Clackett, the housekeeper with a taste for sardines.

Lloyd Owen (Cleaning Up, Monarch of the Glen and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) as Nothing On’s director extraordinaire Lloyd Dallas.

BAFTA winning Daniel Rigby (BBC Two’s Eric & Ernie and One Man, Two Guvnors) as Garry Lejeune, who in turn gives us his best Roger Tramplemain.

Simon Rouse (Hangmen, Local Hero, The Bill) as Selsdon Mowbray, who, if he can remember where he is in the script, will play the Burglar.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Noises Off is directed by Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons, This House, Wolf Hall) and designed by Max Jones.

After watching from the wings a production of his 1970 farce The Two of Us with Richard Briers and Lynn Redgrave, also at the Garrick Theatre, and noting that the goings on behind the scenes were funnier than out front, Michael Frayn wrote Noises Off. The original production directed by Michael Blakemore, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 1982 before heading to the West End, Broadway and beyond. A feature film was made of Noises Off in 1992.

Tickets: from £15. To book, visit www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/noises-off/.

Noises Off continues at the Lyric Hammersmith until July 27, 2019.

David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich continues at the Garrick Theatre until September 21, 2019.