In 1970, British playwright Michael Frayn stood in the wings and watched a performance of a farce he had written for Lynn Redgrave called The Two of Us. Struck by the thought that it was even funnier viewed from behind the scenes than from the stalls, he decided that at some point he would like to write a backstage farce.

Twelve years later, Frayn unleashed his 1982 comedy Noises Off, considered by many to be the funniest play ever written....

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