Present Laughter, from The Old Vic, 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.
Running Time: 180 minutes (including one 10-minute interval TBC)
Garry Essendine ANDREW SCOTT
Monica Reed SOPHIE THOMPSON
Liz Essendine INDIRA VARMA
Daphne Stillington KITTY ARCHER
Joe Lyppiatt ENZO CILENTI
OLIVIER AWARDS October 2020
Andrew Scott won the Best Actor award for his performance in this play
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“Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius”
“Illuminating and luminously funny”
“A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame led by a virtuoso yet beautifully nuanced performance”