Present Laughter

7th – 11th June 2022

A light-hearted farce that celebrates Noël Coward’s legendary wit and larger-than-life persona.

At the centre of his own universe sits the star of the London theatrical scene, Garry Essendine, adored by legions of admires. In the week before Gary is set to embark on an African tour, he is forced to juggle a besotted young woman with stars in her eyes, an unhinged young playwright obsessed with being in Gary’s presence, his best friend’s wife who is determined to seduce him, his manager, his producer, his secretary, his estranged ex-wife and an impending mid-life crisis.

Noël Coward’s Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change. 

Sharp, withering and funny.” – The New York Times

“Sharpness and wit… in each succeeding act.” – New York Post

“If you don’t understand why Coward is hailed as a genius, here’s your proof.” – The Telegraph


Directed by

Brian Rawlins

Assisted by


Designed by



Elaine Caulfield

Diana Lane

Conor Price

Angela Bryan

James Freeman

Sarah Stockdale

Tristan Chadwick

Philip Jackson

Ciarnan Roberts

Elena Fox

Beverley Richardson

By Noël Coward

Present Laughter

June 7–11, 2022


Thursday Evening

and Saturday Matinee

are Socially Distanced performances


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