Incorporating all the classic elements of farce, Noises Off ranks as one of the best British comedies ever written. The new production by LIndsay Posner at the Old Vic is as good a performance of the Michael Frayn script as you can hope to see. Celia Imrie and Amy Nuttall provide a touch of star quality but it’s every man for himself in this raucous romp through the perils of a fast-paced farce, which we get to see rather unusually, from the other side of the stage. All of the behind the scenes action is only made more manic by the off-stage relationships between the actors which gradually break down as the play progresses across the three acts. Expect plenty of slamming doors, mistaken identities, and the unexplained presence of sardines, but all in all it’s one of the best laughs you could hope to have over this winter theatre season.
Noises Off is on at The Old Vic in London until 10 March 2012.