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Present Laughter - 2019 - West End

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.

A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness, Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noel Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.


Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one interval

Old Vic Theatre

(London, )
The Cut, South Bank

Present Laughter West End Cast


by Review Roundups - June 26, 2019
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noel Coward's provocative comedy, Present Laughter, opening last night, 25 June, at the Old Vic. Let's see what the critics had to say.
by Marianka Swain - June 26, 2019
Great Scott! His recent turn as Fleabag's Hot Priest made him a global sex symbol. Now, Andrew Scott reminds audiences that he's just as irresistible on stage, leading Matthew Warchus's absolute romp of Noel Coward revival with the kind of panache that makes this the comic performance of the year so far - and yet one also shot through with aching melancholy.