Review Round Up: Noises Off, Lyric Hammersmith

Jeremy Herrin directs this revival of Michael Frayn’s comedy at the Lyric Hammersmith. Here’s what the critics have been saying about it…

(c)Helen Maybanks.

WhatsOnStage: ***** “Herrin and choreographer Joyce Henderson orchestrate the almost-silent chaos of the second act in particular with astonishing grace, and bring the entire thing to a glorious, desperate close.”

The Telegraph: *** “There are moments here of hallucinogenic hilarity – the collective tip-toeing when an actress’s contact-lens goes missing, the three-minute call that threatens to become eternally drawn out – all this, and more, demand seeing. But raising the roof? Causing bladders to leak? We’re some way off that.”

The Guardian: **** “Frayn’s play is like a piece of clockwork that still functions impeccably almost 40 years after its invention.”

Time Out: **** “Herrin does it justice, which is pretty much the highest praise possible. He’s helped by a crack cast – Meera Syal, Simon Rouse, Jonathan Cullen and Lois Chimimba are all great, but Daniel Rigby is best as leading man Garry Lejeune, who becomes catastrophically convinced that the sexual shenanigans in the fictional farce have made their way into reality.”

Evening Standard: **** “Jeremy Herrin marshals a superb cast of nine to giddy heights of fun.”

Broadway World: **** “Not just industry send-up, Frayn’s work also plays with our simultaneous enjoyment and terror of losing control – the fact that we’re just one misunderstanding or misplaced plate of sardines away from revealing our inner craziness or tumbling into the abyss. That lurking darkness gives the comedy heft, but above all, this is a night of big, joyful, overwhelming laughter.”

The Stage: *** “Physical comedy is one of the hardest things in theatre to pull off and Herrin’s cast manages it admirably.”

British Theatre Guide: “The actors give their all throughout, with particular credit to Daniel Rigby, who literally risks limb if not life diving down stairs every night like a fully-fledged stuntman.”

Theatre Cat: “All the cast are bang on the nail, though I must single out Meera Syal as Dotty, playing the old housekeeper, for her physical deftness in moving.”

Noises Off continues to play at the Lyric Hammersmith until the 27th July.

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