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Noises Off

by Michael Frayn

On-stage at the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton from  
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th November 2001

"That's what it's all about.  Doors and Sardines..." (Lloyd Dallas - Director 'Nothing On')

Noises Off is not one play but two - simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage farce that develops during Nothing On's final rehearsal and tour. The two farces begin to interlock, as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage, and exit from that only to make their entrances back into Nothing On. In the end, at the disastrous final performance in Stockton-on-Tees, the two farces can be kept separate no longer, and blend into one single collective nervous breakdown.

Noises Off won both the Evening Standard and the Olivier Awards for Best Comedy when it was first produced, and ran in the West End for nearly five years.

Extracts from the programme for 'Nothing On!'

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Liz Turner Dotty Otley
Liz Turner
Brian Hooker Lloyd Dallas
Brian Hooker
Martin Holtom Garry LeJeune
Martin Holtom
Lizzie O'Hara Brooke Ashton
Liz O'Hara
Pam Chamberlain Poppy Norton-Taylor
Pam Chamberlain
John Lomas Frederick Fellowes
John Lomas
Janet Bradbery Belinda Blair
Janet Bradbery
Paul Norris Tim Allgood
Paul Norris
Keith Coxon Selsdon Mowbray
Keith Coxon
Pat Tuffin Director
Pat Tuffin
Bob Baron Set Design & Construction
Bob Baron
"Doors and Sardines..."

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