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Noises Off

20 February to 24 February

Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2LW United Kingdom
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01865 305305
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About Noises Off

One of the greatest British comedies ever written returns to The Playhouse following a sell-out and triumphant West End run.

Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill, a play within a play. Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Noises Off follows the on and offstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through the fictional farce, Nothing On.

From the shambolic final rehearsals before opening night in Weston-super-Mare, to a disastrous matinee in Ashton-under-Lyne seen entirely, and hilariously silently, from backstage, before we share their final, brilliantly catastrophic performance in Stockton-on-Tees.

One of the UK’s favourite actresses, Liza Goddard’s extensive stage comedy credits include Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Season’s Greetings and Relatively Speaking.

Paul Bradley is best known for playing Nigel Bates in EastEnders and Elliot Hope in Holby City.

Simon Shepherd’s many credits include Peak Practice and the West End productions of Posh, The Duck House, Rapture, Art and Hay Fever.


★★★★★ “One of the most joyous farces ever written… reduced me to laughter so helpless I could barely see the stage for crying.”


★★★★ “Pure comic bliss. Dazzlingly brilliant… has lost none of its power to reduce well-behaved adults to hysterical wrecks.”

Daily Mail

★★★★ “Glorious… one of the funniest plays in the canon.”

The Times


From £14.00

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Booking information

Age guidance: 12+

135 minutes, including an interval.

Dates & times:
Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 February at 2.30pm & 7.30pm (Captioned)
Thursday 22 February at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 23 February at 8.00pm
Saturday 24 February at 2.30pm (Audio Described, with Touch Tour at 1.00pm) & 7.30pm

About Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce several live performances and feature a rich array of British and international dramas, family entertainment, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

The Playhouse not only produces and tours its own theatrical productions, but it also fosters creativity through its Artists in Residence program and the Playhouse Plays Out series, which brings unique events to various locations across the county.

The theatre’s Participation Team engages over 15,000 individuals annually, offering an extensive range of activities, including post-show discussions, workshops, work experience opportunities, holiday programs, a youth theatre, and a company for young performers.

Oxford Playhouse stands dedicated to its mission of being a Playhouse for all, striving to ignite inspiration and bring about transformative experiences through its commitment to creativity on its stages, within its community and online.

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