Noises Off in Aberdeen in May

Scottish actress Maureen Beattie and Between The Lines star Neil Pearson are to head up the cast of a national tour of the award winning backstage comedy Noises Off.

The production by London’s Old Vic Theatre Company will make its Scottish debut at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre 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.

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.

The His Majesty’s Theatre performance is from Monday to Saturday, May 6 to 11. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.