Present Laughter

Present Laughter

The Old Vic · 17 JUN - 10 AUG

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy.

Lyn Gardner avatar
20 March 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Andrew Scott stars as narcissistic actor Garry Essendine who declares “Everyone worships me, it’s nauseating.” This is such a tricky play to get right because, although it drips with bon mots, in the wrong hands its simply not very funny for modern tastes. Why should we be interested in a self-obsessed man around whom women flutter like moths to a light? The answer is because in the right hands—and those may well belong to director Matthew Warchus—this can be as much tragedy as comedy in its dissections of the deceptive illusions of theatre itself and the personas we present to the world.”


‘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!’

Date & time

Opening 17 Jun
Wed 17 Jun - Sat 10 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


The Old Vic
The Cut SE1 8NB London, UK · Get Directions
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