NT Live:

Present Laughter


Thu 16 Jan 2020

Doors open 6.15pm

Show starts 7.00pm

Rated 12A

Running Time

2 hours 50 mins, including interval


Adult £12

Concessions £10


'A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the

hollow nature of fame led by a virtuoso

yet beautifully nuanced performance'

Financial Times



‘Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows

why Noël Coward is hailed a genius’ 

Daily Telegraph


‘The show belongs to Scott'

The Times

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (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. 

Michael Frayn Theatre 

70 London Road 



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