Scottish actress Maureen Beattie and Between The Lines star Neil Pearson are to head up the cast of a major national tour of the multi-award winning backstage comedy Noises Off.
And the production by London’s Old Vic Theatre Company will make its Scottish debut at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen on Monday, May 6, directed by Lindsay Posner.
Winner of both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy, Noises Off serves up a riotous double bill – a play within a play – following the backstage antics of a touring theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance.
The UK tour cast of Michael Frayn’s show-within-a-show was announced today (Tuesday) and includes Neil Pearson as the director of Nothing On Lloyd Dallas and Maureen Beattie as Dotty Otley who plays the housekeeper Mrs Clackett.
Known for his film roles in Guy Richie’s RocknRolla and The Da Vinci Code, the production also stars David Bark-Jones as Gary Lejeune who plays Roger Tramplemain. On television he has appeared in BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, New Tricks, Young James Herriot and in Channel 4’s drama The Pillars of the Earth.
Neil is perhaps best known for his roles in the television series’ Drop the Dead Donkey, Between the Lines and Monroe, as well as the films Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones’ Diary: Edge of Reason.
His stage credits include Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), Sir Peter Hall’s touring productions of Uncle Vanya, Old Times and Mind Milly for Me, and Kevin Spacey’s production of Cloaca at The Old Vic.
With roles in television’s Lewis, The Bill, Casualty and Channel 4’s Twelfth Night to her credit, Maureen has performed extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions that include Richard III, Henry VI Part II, Titus Andronicus, the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and in Michael Boyd’s The History Plays.
Other cast members announced today include Simon Bubb, Danielle Flett, Geoffrey Freshwater, Thomasin Rand and Sasha Waddell.
Noises Off is the highest grossing show in the history of The Old Vic Theatre Company, breaking weekly box office records during its run at The Old Vic.
It was the first Old Vic Theatre Company production to transfer into the West End, with performances at the Novello Theatre, and will now also be the first to embark on a major UK tour.
Noises Off will begin its UK tour on March 27 and its first Scottish date will be at His Majesty Theatre where it will run from Monday to Saturday, May 6 to 11. Tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.