Present Laughter
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Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

from The Old Vic

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Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

 

The Old Vic

The Old Vic is London’s independent theatre, a world leader in creativity and entertainment. Today, Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is building on 200 years of creative adventure – we hope to be a surprising, unpredictable, ground-breaking, rule-breaking, independent beacon of accessible, uplifting and unintimidating art. Find out more here.

Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius.

Telegraph

Andrew Scott in Present Laughter. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Andrew Scott. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame.

Financial Times

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Kitty Archer in Present Laughter. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Kitty Archer. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

The show belongs to Scott...

The Times

Andrew Scott and Indira Varma. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Andrew Scott and Indira Varma. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Andrew Scott and Enzo Cilenti in Present Laughter. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Andrew Scott and Enzo Cilenti. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Andrew Scott is wondrous in this revelatory refresh of Noël Coward’s classic comedy.

Time Out

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Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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