Noises Off

Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400031603, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2002


Noises Off, the classic farce by the Tony Award—winning author of Copenhagen, is not one play but two: simultaneously a traditional sex farce, Nothing On, and the backstage “drama” that develops during Nothing On’s final rehearsal and tour. The two begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from Nothing On only to find themselves making entrances into the even worse nightmare going on backstage. In the end, at the disastrous final performance, the two plots can be kept separate no longer, and coalesce into a single collective nervous breakdown.

About the Author
Michael Frayn is the author of ten novels, including the bestselling "Headlong", which was a "New York Times" Editors' Choice selection and a Booker Prize finalist, and "Spies", which received the Whitbread Fiction Award. He has also written a memoir, "My Father's Fortune", and fifteen plays, among them "Noises Off" and "Copenhagen", which won three Tony Awards. He lives just south of London.

Praise For Noises Off

“Spectacularly funny . . . a peerless backstage comedy.” –Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“First-rate. . . . Clever and intricately crafted. . . . Sublime.” –The Boston Globe

“Ingenious. . . . Madcap.” –The Wall Street Journal

“A triumph. . . . An essential hysterical fix. . . . Masterly.” –The New York Observer

“[A] frisky, freewheeling sex comedy about actors in a frisky, freewheeling sex comedy.” –USA Today

“A comic masterpiece.” –Daily Telegraph

“Blissful fun.” –The New Yorker