There must be something about actors – they love playing themselves. The latest production at the Nuffield Theatre (in partnership with the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, and the Northern Stage in Newcastle) is a performance of Michael Frayn’s unruly comedy Noises Off, following the antics of an incredibly badly behaved touring theatre company. On-stage and off it, their interpersonal relationships, the technical malfunctions, flubbed lines, and even (bizarrely) a tin of sardines, threaten to destroy the entire, shambolic show.
This farcical, theatrical nightmare won the Olivier award for Best Comedy back in 1982, following its first presentation. Now, it has made its way to the south coast, the last of the three co-producing theatres for it to visit. Speaking of the show, director Blanche McIntyre claimd “it’s one of the great classics of modern theatre” and spoke of how she “couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to direct it – it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years.”
Noises off is at the Nuffield Theatre from the 1st to the 25th June. Tickets are available here from £10-£25.