Acclaimed farce comes to Rugby Theatre - The Rugby Observer

Acclaimed farce comes to Rugby Theatre

Rugby Editorial 9th Apr, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE BEST comedy ever written – that is the bold claim of the director of Rugby Theatre’s new production of Michael Frayn’s award-winning farce Noises Off.

The play brilliantly tells the story of a mediocre cast and overworked stage crew who can’t stop a second-rate production of Nothing On going ahead – despite forgotten lines, missed entrances, a whisky-loving actor and a disruptive love triangle.

Noises Off – which opens at the theatre this Saturday for a week-long run – ingeniously reveals the backstage turmoil and onstage bedlam, following the play’s shambolic blunderings from both the audience’s perspective and behind the scenes.

Director Robert Sloan said: “Noises Off has to be the most challenging play I have ever directed. It’s hard for a reason – because done right, it is absolutely hilarious.

“Noises Off is truly is up there as being the greatest comedy ever written. This production is fast-paced, extravagant, bold and hilarious.”

The play, first performed in 1982, stars a host of talented Rugby Theatre actors.

Rayner Wilson, last seen as Mrs Overall in the musical Acorn Antiques in 2013, plays faded former leading lady Dotty Otley, while Simon Burne – most recently Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream – plays put-upon director Lloyd Dallas.

Others regulars among the cast include Gary Van Sluiters as Frederick, Emma-Louise Marshall as Brooke, and Emma Bright as Belinda, while Leigh Walker makes her first appearance at the Henry Street venue as Poppy.

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