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October 4, 2019

REVIEW: Noises Off, Garrick Theatre London ✭✭✭✭✭

By

douglasmayo

Douglas Mayo reviews the Lyric Hammersmith's production of Noises Off which has transferred to the Garrick Theatre, London.

Noises Off

Garrick Theatre

4 October 2019

4 Stars

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For some reason or another, I always seem to miss Noises Off when it is revived on stage. I've lost count of the number of productions that past right by me. Luckily for me, it is revived often and revisited by fans far more times than they would probably care to admit.

Tonight I found out why, Noises Off is comedy gold, a farce with all the pre-requisites so beautifully constructed by Frayn and with a sterling ensemble cast whose timing and physical comedy skills should have the Department Of Health posting large warning signs around the venue reminding audiences "Not To Forget To Breath". I witnessed patrons red of face, on the verge of hyperventilating from laughter, I myself laughed so much my ribs hurt and I left the theatre with seismic hiccups from the aforementioned forgetting to breathe.

Michael Frayn Noises Off

Lisa McGrillis, Lloyd Owen, Sarah Hadland and Meera Syal. Photo: Helen Maybanks Pre-dating The Play That Goes Wrong and the modern One Man, Two Guvnor's (Richard Bean's incredible adaptation, not the original Goldini). Noises Off follows a disastrous production of a farce called Nothing On, first from and audience perspective and later watching backstage as the exact same scene is played out.

Noises Off Jeremy Herrin

Meera Syal, Anjli Mohindra, Lloyd Owen, and Sarah Hadland. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Jeremy Herrin's production is perfectly paced with impeccable movement direction by Joyce Henderson and fight direction by Rachel Cooper-Brown. Herrin has assembled a superb ensemble cast who spectacularly implode against a cacophony of slamming doors and plates and plates of Sardines.

Sarah Hadland, Richard Henders, Lisa McGrillis, Anjii Mohindra, Lloyd Owen, Adrian Richards, Daniel Rigby, Simon Rouse and Meera Syal must be physically exhausted after creating the level of energy on stage at the Garrick Theatre. It's a joy to watch, a pleasure that I intend to enjoy again and an experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. Just don't forget to breathe!

 

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BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..