‘Noises Off’ is On Again for Broadway as Roundabout Sets Stoppard Double Play

Roundabout brings Michael Frayn's famous farce back to New York in winter 2015 and sets Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' for a run alongside 'The Real Thing'

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Roundabout Theater has locked in two more more titles for its 2014-15 season, skedding a new Broadway production of Michael Frayn’s farce “Noises Off” in winter 2015 and locking in the New York bow of Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink” for the fall of this year.

“Indian Ink,” a 1995 play by Stoppard that’s only now getting its New York premiere, will play at the Roundabout’s Off Broadway venue, the Laura Pels Theater, beginning in September. Run will overlap with the theater company’s previously announced Broadway revival of “The Real Thing,” which will star Ewan McGregor and open in October at the American Airlines Theater.

“Indian Ink,” set in the 1930s and the 1980s, centers on an English poet in India and on the sister who, years later, tried to preserve her legacy. Based on a 1991 radio play by Stoppard, “Indian Ink” bowed in the U.K. in 1995 and had its U.S. preem in 1999 at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. The theater’s a.d., Carey Perloff, helmed the latter staging and reprises her directorial duties for the Roundabout incarnation.

For “Noises Off,” the 1982 farce-within-a-farce that last played Broadway in 2001, Roundabout has tapped director Jeremy Herrin, the much-employed Brit helmer whose most recent outing, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-play adaptation of “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” has won raves in Blighty. The comedy is set to follow “The Real Thing” into the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater, with exact dates still to be set.

Casting details for both productions remain up in the air.