If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser then nothing fits the bill like Michael Frayn’s hysterically funny Noises Off.
Hailed as one of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Off will be causing chaos at the Mercury Theatre this May as the second Made in Colchester production of the 2015 season.
A play within a play, this rip-roaring farce lifts the curtain on the ups and downs on-stage and behind-the-scenes as bungled romances collide with wayward sardines, forgotten lines and just a few precious egos!
A shambolic dress rehearsal limps to a frantic opening night in Weston-Super-Mare and then it’s downhill all the way to the Municipal Theatre in Stockton-On-Tees. Can director Lloyd hold the show together? (No) Will Selsdon stay sober long enough to make his entry on time? (No) Does Dotty know whether she is coming or going? (Absolutely not) However, the show must go on!
An ensemble piece, directed by Mercury’s artistic director Daniel Buckroyd and starring Sara Crowe, Peter Ellis and former Dr Who lovely Louise Jameson.
Jameson takes on the role of the forgetful Dotty Otley. Shes best known to many as Leela, the companion to Tom Baker’s Doctor in BBC’s Dr Who in the late 1970s.
She is also known for playing Rosa Di Marco in EastEnders (BBC) and has most recently been seen in Channel 4’s Toast of London and Time And The Conways (Nottingham Playhouse).
Peter Ellis is the whisky-fond Selsdon. Peter is best known for playing Chief Supt Brownlow in The Bill (Thames Television), a role he played for 28 years.
Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn plays Brooke Ashton. Sarah’s other credits include the UK tour of Birdsong, The Vagina Monologues (Tour) and The Dark Knight (Warner Brothers).
Her fellow Hollyoaks colleague, Louis Tamone will play Gary Lejeune. Louis played series regular Sam Owen in the soap and recently appeared in hit US TV series 24 – Live Another Day (20th Century Fox).
Louis’ theatre credits include Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (St. Martin’s Theatre, London) and Eddie in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre).
Sara Crowe plays Belinda Blair. Her extensive credits include the role of Laura in the multi-award-winning film Four Weddings and A Funeral.
She has most recently appeared in the UK tour of Fallen Angels (Bill Kenwright) and other credits include Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre), Acorn Antiques (UK Tour) and The Harry Enfield Show (Hat Trick Productions).
David Shelley will play the slightly dim-witted Frederick Fellows. He most recently appeared in the Oxford Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It and played King Henry VI in the BBC drama series The White Queen.
Attempting to keep the chaotic cast in check in role of temperamental director Lloyd Dallas is Hywel Simons. Hywel has most recently appeared in the National Theatre of Scotland’s productions of A Dolls House and Enquirer.
Also cast is Dan Cohen and Louise Kempton.
Noises Off plays at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre from May 1-16.