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Noises Off celebrates it's 40th Anniversary.

Noises Off, the award-winning comedic play, is currently being shown in Milton Keynes as part of its UK tour to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The play will run until Saturday, November 25th.

Noises Off is a theatrical play that showcases the behind-the-scenes of a theatre troupe as they get ready to perform 'Nothing On.' Written by Michael Frayn, the play takes inspiration from his own experiences and observations while working in the company and touring theatre. The journey is filled with mishaps, starting from rehearsals, and culminating in a disastrous finale. The play is a light-hearted and vibrant portrayal of the peculiarities and conflicts that arise when people work closely together.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, the touring production stars Liza Goddard as Dotty Otley (Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Season’s Greetings and Relatively Speaking), Matthew Kelly as Selsdon Mowbray (the Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men and his West End credits include Waiting for Godot, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida) and Simon Shepherd as Lloyd Dallas (many stage and TV credits include Peak Practice and West End productions of Posh, The Duck House, Rapture, Art and Hay Fever.

A classic and clever play where the audience gets to witness the theatre like never before! Act 1 unfolds on the grand stage, while Act 2 takes you behind the scenes for a unique perspective on the show. With two unforgettable views of the same performance, you're in for a truly immersive experience.

The play really got going in the second act when the actors' physically demanding performances which were choreographed perfectly, kept the audience engaged. We watched the troupe’s animated performance from behind the scenes where the actors performed in silence to simulate a backstage environment, and the actors' replacing gestures were fast, funny, and silly, making the farcical experience.

I do enjoy a farse, but I personally did not enjoy this particular one as much. While I did have the occasional chuckle, it didn't quite live up to my expectations of making me laugh out loud. Overall, I found it more silly than hilarious.

Tickets can be purchased from MK Theatre Box Office

Shahnaz Hussain (Shiny) – Arts Reviewer


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