The West End seems to be full of ‘weighty’ plays recently; serious plays like Rosmersholm, Bitter Wheat and Sweat, with serious messages, which is great. But the laughter which roared through the stalls at the Old Vic for most the duration of this hilarious Present Laughter is just so welcome. This production stars as a credit to the talent of both Noel Coward and its star Andrew Scott. Read more
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.
Present Laughter is at the Old Vic from 17th June to 10th August.
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. Scott's stage credits include his critically-acclaimed performance in the Almeida Theatre's production of Hamlet, and his recent revival of Simon Stephens' Sea Wall, which he performed in at the Old Vic in the summer. On screen, Scott has starred in James Bond film Spectre, BBC series Sherlock as villain Moriarty, and he played the Priest in the second series of Pheobe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.
Matthew Warchus directs a cast which also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.
Present Laughter tickets are available now.