17 Jun 2019 to 10 Aug 2019
Present Laughter is a comic play written by Noël Coward, that was first performed in London in 1942.
The story follows Garry Essendine, a successful comic actor who is about to embark on an African tour. Dealing with besotted admirers, he has to cope with his secretary, his wife and everyone around him as he begins to fall into a mid-life crisis. Discussing theatrical business, Essendine has to also deal with rumours of extra-marital relationships that could affect his career.
Andrew Scott will star as Garry Essendine in the upcoming production of Present Laughter, joining a long line of actors who have played the lead role including Ian McKellen, David Threlfall and Rik Mayall.
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Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Noёl Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Present Laughter is a comedic play that centres around Garry Essendine, a successful comic actor approaching his fortieth birthday. As he prepares to tour Africa with his latest production, he has to deal with his secretary and his wife, as well as rumours of extra-marital relationships that could affect his life and career.