The return of farce

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

Here's my report for the Today programme about the current vogue for farce.

Michael Frayn's revived Noises Off has been playing to full houses at the Old Vic. It's now become their first production to transfer to the West End.

Farce is back then. But what are the genre's pitfalls and problems? And does it fit today's age of austerity?