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The Little Dog Laughed

Closed April 10, 2010

Smart, tart and bang on the money!

Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

Why See The Little Dog Laughed?

Broadway's revenge on Hollywood

Directed by the multi-talented Jamie Lloyd, an all-star cast including Tamsin Grieg, Rupert Friend and former Bond girl, Gemma Arterton star in Douglas Carter Beane's Tony award nominated, hilarious Hollywood satire, about greed, hypocrisy, sexuality and manipulation.

What is The Little Dog Laughed about?

Mitchell is an actor whose career is about to take off big time. Blessed with good looks, charm and an appealing sense of humour, he's the perfect leading man. Diane, his acerbic, stone hearted, Hollywood agent, knows this, and is very happy about it. She also knows that he's gay. She's not happy about that. Nor is Diane happy about the sleazy, ultra ambitious, rent boy that she finds in Mitchell's flat, and who Mitchell is plainly smitten with. And as for when Mitchell announces to her that he "wants to come out" - no leading Hollywood actor is openly gay!

Besides, Diane has plans to turn a hit play about two male lovers into a movie, once she's persuaded the writer to make a little tweak. Give the piece a happy, heterosexual ending. And Mitchell is perfect for the lead role, it'll make him a star, not to mention a lot of money. But if Mitchell chooses to tell the truth about his sexuality, his career will be in tatters, and if the writer refuses to make the tweaks, no one will want to make the film. Diane cannot, will not, allow either of these things to happen.

Did you know?

Author Douglas Carter Beane has been nominated for five Tony awards, but has yet to taste victory.

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Previews from: 8 January 2010

Opening night: 20 January 2010


The Little Dog Laughed is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Rupert Friend as Mitchell
Tamsin Greig as his agent, Diane
Gemma Arterton as Ellen
Harry Lloyd as Alex


Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Written by Douglas Carter Beane's

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14 reviews, average rating: (3.6 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Anonymous: “Funny, loveable and deeper than everyone else is making out ”

THIS PLAY IS GOOD! Well written, with exciting characters, I'm a little... more

Paul: “Hilarious”

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