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Noises Off heads to West End after box office success

Celia Imrie as Dotty Otley in Noises Off
Image caption Celia Imrie as Dotty Otley in Noises Off

Michael Frayn's comedy Noises Off is to transfer to the West End after breaking box office records at the Old Vic.

The play-within-a-play, which stars Robert Glenister and Celia Imrie, won a clutch of five-star reviews when it opened in December.

It will open at the Novello Theatre in March having become the Old Vic Theatre Company's "highest grossing show".

It is the first time the theatre company has transferred a production to the West End.

The new season will run from 24 March to 30 June.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, the transfer sees cast members Glenister, Imrie, Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Jamie Glover, Karl Johnson and Paul Ready reprise their roles.

Frayn's play follows the trials of a touring theatre company as it attempts to put on a farce called Nothing On.

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Media captionSir Alan Ayckbourn: Farce "is the Matterhorn of playwriting"

In her review for The Arts Desk , Veronica Lee admitted: "I was helpless with laughter for much of the evening... there are times when so much great acting is going on it's difficult to know where to focus one's attention."

The Old Vic's artist director Kevin Spacey said: "It's wonderful for The Old Vic to be transferring this production into the West End, giving many more people the chance to see Michael Frayn's brilliant play, and the fantastic company of actors that have brought it to life.

"It has always been our ambition to see our productions travel to other theatres so this is great news for The Old Vic."

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Media captionJanie Dee gives the BBC a behind-the-scenes tour of Noises Off, a behind-the-scenes play

Noises Off celebrates its 30th anniversary on 23 February.

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