See it if you love ‘Goes Wrong’ style farces. Performed by an incredibly talented cast who manage to ramp up the comedy through each of the 3 acts.
Don't see it if you’re not a fan of physical comedy, this will do little to change your mind. Much more charming than anything I’ve seen Go Wrong, though.
See it if you love a British farce like play goes wrong
Don't see it if your not into a lovely laugh
See it if For the lolz
Don't see it if Clowning repels your very existence Read more
See it if You love a 'goes wrong' type of show with a great cast and over the top comedy.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy physical comedy or a story being told from different perspectives over 3 acts (i.e. you hear the lines 3 times!)
See it if A theatre classic, but not as funny as previous versions
Don't see it if You don't like farce
See it if You like farces and good British comedy
Don't see it if You find dated British humour over acting and silly pant dropping humour appealing
See it if You like classic comedy from an all time great. A great cast giving their all.
Don't see it if You get tired of the jokes quickly. There’s a lot of things layered on top of each other and it sometimes gets a bit tired.
See it if You want to see the funniest play in London.
Don't see it if You don't like a farce.
“Michael Frayn’s ‘Noises Off’ is a classic, a landmark of metatheatrical humour that also mercilessly brought the curtain down – literally – on the rum sex comedies of the ’60s and ’70s. ”
“Minor niggles aside, Frayn’s comic classic seems to be bulletproof. Hats, and trousers, off to him.”
“Thank heavens for Michael Frayn and his restoratively silly play 'Noises Off,' which helps combat the winter blues with its Saharan-strength warmth and battles the doom and gloom of our age with a kind of inverted logic: yes, we’re in a mess but at least we lead the world in organised theatrical chaos.”
“It's a tightrope act of performance, wonderfully mastered here. The entire thing breezes away the January blues with glorious brilliance. It is an utter treasure.”
“It calls for acting larger-than-life and inch-perfect. It gets it. Kendal knows just how to make big comic conceits feel easy as pie, even if here and there she needs more volume.”
“Thespy theatregoers will love the in-jokes here – the darlings and loves and fretting about motivation – but Frayn’s play has always been about more than just stagecraft. ”
“Comedy’s mask often has a touch of tragedy lurking close to its surface, which is where this production scores.”
Noises Off is superbly clever and wildly funny, it’s perhaps not quite as funny as some of the plays that it’s clearly inspired – such as The Play That Goes Wrong, but it remains a masterclass in farce.