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Noises Off - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 14th May 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

Noises Off

Lyceum Theatre Sheffield.  Playing until Saturday

Noises Off

Noises Off is one of those now perenniel plays which often do the rounds to the sound of greater or lesser applause. Thankfully this production brought from the Old Vic is one of the better ones. With the first act as the vaguely funny set up, acts two and three play out as the rather more hilarious pay off leaving, hopefully, the audience in stitches and wanting to come back for more.

Neil PearsonAs this is my fourth Noises Off, I wasn't overly hopeful of being more than faintly amused. Luckily, however, this is a wonderful production. All of the cast do well, most notably, it has to be said, Neil Pearson, as the frustrated director. Chris Larkin is also wonderful as is David Bark-Jones who I remember being excellent in the recent 'The Village Bike' at The Crucible.

What is so wonderful about 'Noises Off' and perhaps what explains its constant success and reinvention is the fact that this is a farce about farce. In other words, because it is about the nature of acting itself and shows us as an audience the world behind the facade, it is therefore constantly intriguing. It gives us an insight into the world many people have only glimpsed and seduces us with the promise of secrets being revealed. Funnily enough that is actually what it delivers. Whilst many may protest that the world that is portrayed is simply one of cliche, having worked in the theatre for over twenty five years I can guarantee that what you're seeing may be hightened reality, but not by much love, not by much and that it is nearer to reality than most actors or theatre practitioners would care to admit.

Definitely worth revisiting or visiting for the first time if you're a newbie.

Tue 14 May 7:45pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Wed 15 May 7:45pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Thu 16 May 2:00pm   £18.00 - £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 16 May 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Fri 17 May 7:45pm Captioned £23.00 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 18 May 3:00pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Sat 18 May 7:45pm   £23.00 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Old Vic Theatre Co.

Noises Off

Mon 13 – Sat 18 May

Presented at Lyceum
by Michael Frayn
Running time: 2 hours 20 mins (including an interval of 20 mins)


The Lyceum plays host to a huge variety of touring productions every year, including large-scale musicals, drama, children’s shows, opera, ballet and contemporary dance.
With over 1000 seats, the Lyceum is a beautiful late 19th Century building located on Tudor Square, close to the Crucible Theatre.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000 


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. Believe it or not, I will be a Noises Off newbie when it visits Glasgow on 27th May. I'm certainly looking forward to it!!
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