The best comedy ever written? Noises Off comes to Rugby Theatre

Gary Van-Sluiters, Emma-Louise Marshall, Emma Bright and Alex Brown

Gary Van-Sluiters, Emma-Louise Marshall, Emma Bright and Alex Brown

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There’s nothing to beat watching live comedy at a theatre according to Rugby director Rob Sloan.

And Rob describes his latest show at Rugby Theatre, Michael Frayn’s award-winning farce Noises Off, as the best comedy ever written.

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

Rob Sloan

It 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 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.

Rob added: “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, which was first performed in 1982, and has been enjoyed by millions worldwide since then, 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 plays put-upon director Lloyd Dallas. Other regulars include Gary Van Sluiters, Emma-Louise Marshall and Emma Bright as Belinda, while Leigh Walker makes her first appearance at the Henry Street venue.

It runs from April 11 to 18. For tickets, visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk/