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Closed August 10, 2019

Andrew Scott is dazzling good in an inventive, delightful and surprisingly poignant staging of Noel Coward's comedy

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Why See Present Laughter?

PlaysComedy Theatre

Starring Andrew Scott

Olivier award nominee Andrew Scott returns to the stage this June in the Old Vic's production of Noel Coward's hilarious semi-autobiographical comedy, Present Laughter. Scott will be starring alongside Sophie Thompson, Indira Varma and Suzie Toase in this Matthew Warchus directed production.

Nominated for an Olivier award for his starring role in the Almeida Theatre's production of Hamlet, Scott has become of British Theatre's most exciting actors. Seen on TV as the dark and twisted Moriarty in the BBC's Sherlock, Scott recently starred in the sold-out production of Sea Wall as part of the Old Vic's 200th birthday celebrations. 

Described by Warchus as a "laugh-out-loud sex comedy with, I think, surprising depths", Present Laughter is a thrilling exploration of narcissism, celebrity worship, and loneliness. 

What is Present Laughter about?

Described by Coward as "a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics", Present Laughter follows self-obsessed Garry Essendine as he prepares for a tour of Africa. A series of farcical events ensue as Essendine has to juggle his estranged wife, long-suffering secretary and the women who want to seduce him, as well as dealing with his impending mid-life crisis and cope with a crazed young playwright. 

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Previews from: 17 June 2019

Opening night: 25 June 2019

Cast and Creative


Andrew Scott
Sophie Thompson
Suzie Toase
Indira Varma
Luke Thallon


Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Set and Costume by Rob Howell
Lighting by Hugh Vanstone
Sound Design by Simon Baker

What we thought

Divine HILARIOUS charming

a gloriously uproarious revival and one of the most watchable shows of the year.

All hail Matthew Warchus and the Old Vic for bringing some much-needed cheer into our lives with this delightfully bouncy adaptation of Noel Coward's somewhat biographical 1939 farce.

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