Michael Frayn's classic comedy Noises Off will end at the Comedy Theatre on 20 July 2002. The production opened in October 2000 to rave reviews at the National Theatre and had an eight-week national tour before transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2001 and again to the Comedy in February 2002. A further national tour is planned for early 2003.

A Broadway transfer production opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York in November 2001 starring Patti Lu Pone and became the biggest selling play in the history of Broadway theatre and continues to play to packed houses.

Noises Off is considered one of the great comic hits of the 1980s. The backstage imbroglio follows a touring company who mount a chaotic production of a trouser-dropping farce calling Nothing On. Amongst all the confusion, frayed tempers, broken hearts and off-stage explosions, can the show go on? Noises Off was first produced at the West End's Savoy Theatre in 1982, when it won the Olivier for Best Comedy and went on to run for five years.

This West End production has attracted impressive casts that have included, Lynn Redgrave, Patricia Hodge, Peter Egan, Aden Gillett, Susie Blake and Chris Langham. The current cast includes Selina Cadell and Derek Griffiths.

The show is directed by Jeremy Sams, whose show Benefactors is currently playing at the Albery Theatre in the West End. It's designed by Robert Jones and produced in the West End by the Ambassador Theatre Group and Act Productions.

It will be replaced at the Comedy by the UK premiere of On an Average Day starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan which opens on 7 August (previews from 25 July).

Tour dates will be announced shortly.

- by Sarah Beaumont