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National Theatre: Present Laughter

We will be showing Noel Coward’s Present Laughter on Thursday 28th November at 7.00pm.

‘I knew how deep your longing must be to have someone really to love you, to be with you, when I saw that dreadful prostitute come out of the spare room.’

‘That was not a prostitute. It was the husband of one of my dearest friends!’

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.

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, captured live at The Old Vic in London.

Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

You can watch Matthew and Andrew discussing Noel Coward and Present Laughter here. You can also watch them playing the ‘Noel Coward or Freddie Mercury’ game here

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here


Thu. 28 Nov, 2019


19:00 - 22:30