Noises Off

Noises Off

4 (3) · ComedyClassic Drama

Michael Frayn’s iconic comedy returns to the Lyric.

“If you liked The Play That Goes Wrong, then this will be right up your street. Michael Frayn’s classic farce can be tricky to pull off, but when it’s done well it’s absolutely hilarious.”


Noises Off premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1982 and instantly became an iconic British comedy.

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

Hailed as one of the funniest plays of all time, Noises Off makes its triumphant return to the Lyric almost 40 years on, in a bold new production by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall/This House) for fans to enjoy and new audiences to discover.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A bizarrely meta press night malfunction can’t take the fun out of Michael Frayn’s deathless backstage farce

Time Out

The script is a delight as ever

The Arts Desk

Noises Off is enduring for all the ages


Frayn's chaotic farce as thrilling as ever

The Guardian

Admirably performed and generous-hearted revival of Michael Frayn's much-loved farce in its original home

The Stage

All hell breaks loose in the most delightful way

The Times

Michael Frayn’s farce hits giddy heights

Evening Standard

Frayn's farce about a farce raises laughs, but not the roof

The Telegraph

THE perfect example of a (reasonably) modern English farce and you’re unlikely to see better than this production

West End Wilma

A complex mix of intricate staging, highly choreographed slapstick and witty dialogue and each of these elements is delivered superbly by Herrin so much so that it’s hard to find any criticism about the production whatsoever

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 27 Jun - Sat 3 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 40 mins


Lyric Square, King St W6 0QL London, UK · Get Directions
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