“Noises Off” by Michael Frayn
10-27 OCT 2018
(no performances on Mondays-Tuesdays)
At weekends 13-14 and 20-21 October 2018 with English surtitles
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (with no intermission)
This year, there’ll be all manner of "Noises Off", on and round the Onassis Stegi stage. The actors forget their lines, the director rages, the costumes fall apart, and everyone and everything’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time. A play within a play, a farce within a farce, cock-ups piled on cock-ups. Michael Frayn's classic British farce directed by Ektoras Lygizos as a hymn to all the myriad things that can go wrong.
Watch live “Noises Off” in Greek with English subtitles. Tune in οn Saturday 27 October at 18:30 GMT (local time in Athens 20:30).
Onassis Stegi Friends & General Presale: from 10 SEP 2018, 12:00
Full price: 7, 8, 12, 18, 22 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 7, 10, 14, 18 €
Groups 10+ people: 6, 9, 13, 16 €
Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 7, 10 €
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Early bird from 19 JUL (14:00) to 10 SEP 2018 (11:59)
: 13, 16 €
limited number of tickets
On an impressive stage set, a human hive abuzz with insults and misunderstandings, the actors forget their lines, the director rages, the costumes fall apart, and the sardines, the axes and the bouquets of flowers are always in the wrong place at the wrong time...
Welcome backstage: to the place where every attempt at rationality backfires. Where dark instincts emerge from the shadows and roles—like zombies—devour the actors.
“That's what it's all about, doors and sardines. Getting on, getting off. Getting the sardines on, getting the sardines off. That's farce. That's—that's the theatre. That’s life”, as we hear in Noises Off (1982) by Michael Frayn. Five years after Room Service, Ektoras Lygizos returns to the Onassis Stegi to direct—and play the director—in the classic British farce which sits us backstage in a theatre and invites us to ponder on this: “What happens when everything goes wrong?”
A madcap production from a director who warns us that: “In this production, backstage, the quintessential space of disaster and chaos, takes over the stage, expansive and voracious...”.
creditsTranslation, Adaptation and Direction: Ektoras Lygizos
Set Design: Clio Boboti
Costumes: Alkistis Mamali
Lighting Design: Dimitris Kasimatis
Movement Collaborator – Physical Training: Chara Kotsali
Make-up & Hair Design: Ioanna Lygizou
Sound Design: Brian Coon
Assistant Director: Eva Vlassopoulos
Assistant Set Designer: Eleni Aidoni
Assistant Costume Designer: Alexandra Giannakandropoulou
Set Construction: Panagiotis Lazaridis
Women's Costumes Construction: Eleni Komninou
Men's Costumes Construction: Giorgos Parliaros
Production Manager: Electra Arzimanoglou
Executive Production: Grasshopper
Produced by: Onassis Stegi
Cast: Konstantinos Avarikiotis, Aris Balis, Michalis Kimonas, Giannis Klinis, Sofia Kokkali, Emily Koliandri, Ektoras Lygizos, Anna Mascha, Areti Seidaridou
Special thanks to Giorgos Axiotis.
Special thanks to Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Stamatis Fasoulis and Anna Panagiotopoulou for coming up with the Greek title for Noises Off and allowing us to use it.
Friday 12 October
After performance talk with Ektoras Lygizos, Clio Boboti, Eva Vlassopoulos, Brian Coon and 8 of the actors/actresses.
Moderated by Platon Mavromoustakos, Τheatre specialist - Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens
Michael Frayn (b. 1933) is a British writer, novelist and essayist who is celebrated in the theatre primarily for the farce Noises Off
(1982) and the historical dramas Copenhagen
(1988) and Democracy
Frayn’s first one-act play included a nappy getting changed on-stage.
Michael Frayn has admitted that the idea for writing Noises Off
came to him while he was watching the premiere of one of his first works from the wings. “It was funnier from behind than in front!”, he thought.
Michael Frayn started out as a journalist, where his satirical columns for the Guardian
and the Observer
are fondly remembered to this day. He is considered one of the most eminent English translators of Chekhov.
(1982) has won the Olivier, London Evening Standard, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. In 1992, it was made into a film by Peter Bogdanovich starring Carol Burnett, Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve.
was staged in Greece for the first time by the Eleftheri Skini in 1983 at the Minoas theatre. The production was directed by Andreas Voutsinas and starred Mina Adamaki, Pemi Zouni, Dinos Iliopoulos, Giorgos Kimoulis, Anna Panagiotopoulou, Mirka Papakonstantinou, Tasos Perzikianidis, Stamatis Fasoulis and Mimis Chrisomalis.
has been performed in Greece by both professional and amateur companies under various amusing titles.
Ektoras Lygizos is a theatre director and filmmaker. He started out making short films—Interior with woman peeling apples
(State Award, 2002) and Pure Youth
(Venice Film Festival 2004)—before directing his first work for the theatre, Gary Owen’s The drowned world
This is the second time he has directed for the Onassis Stegi —the first was the farce, Room Service
, by John Murray and Allen Boretz in December 2013.
He has staged nearly twenty plays, including works by Aeschylus, Euripides, Beckett, Chekhov, Ibsen, Verdi, Jarry, Koumendakis, Walsh and Matesis at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the National Theatre of Greece, the Greek National Opera, the Athens Festival, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Theatro tou Notou (Amore Theater), Neos Kosmos theatre, Bios and elsewhere.
With his first feature-length film, Boy eating the bird’s food
(2012), he took part in over 50 international festivals, receiving 15 awards and distinctions, including Best Film from the Greek Film Academy. The film is a loose adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s novel Hunger
and was filmed in down-town Athens (Exarcheia and Kypseli) in just one month.
Quoting the director: “It’s good that the Greeks are embracing, in their own way, the farce of the jester, of the most extreme drama queen. After all, that’s our fascination” (Source: www.lifo.gr