Noel Coward's Present Laughter Old Vic tickets on sale now!
Semi-autobiographical play Present Laughter by the late legendary playwright Noel Coward is set to be revived once more for a brand-new Old Vic production directed by Matthew Warchus. The in-house Old Vic director, who admitted that he was considering taking on the play for quite some time now, is especially fascinated with the original play's 1930s acting style and a more modern acting style can still capture the essence of the decade. This revival of one of Noel Coward's most famous plays is one you certainly won't want to miss! It's simply 'laugh-out-loud funny!'
Who is starring in the Present Laughter revival at the Old Vic?
The show is set to star Olivier Award-winning actor Andrew Scott (A Girl in a Car with a Man, BBC's Sherlock, Fleabag) in the role of Garry Essendine alongside acclaimed Importance of Being Earnest actress Sophie Thompson from last year's Oscar Wilde season, Luke Thallon from the widely lauded two-parter The Inheritance, Game of Thrones' Indira Varma and Harry Potter's Suzie Toase.
What is Present Laughter about?
Present Laughter is a comic play that follows the fictional Garry Essendine, a highly renowned and sought-after actor who, after turning 40, is faced with a mid-life crisis. His latest production prepares to send him on a tour through Africa. But before setting out on his journey to a new world, he becomes entangled in a web of absurdities involving seductive women and the need to appease both his estranged wife and troubled secretary while also dealing with an insane and demanding playwright.
The play has been put on numerous times over the decades and has generally featured a number of A-list actors in the main role. The narcissistic and self-obsessed Garry Essendine has been portrayed by the likes of Ian McKellen (X-Men film series, Lord of the Rings series), Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, How to Steal a Million opposite Audrey Hepburn), Simon Callow (A Christmas Carol), Clifton Webb, Albert Finney, Nigel Patrick, Kevin Kline, Victor Garber and Donald Sinden.
Fun facts about Noel Coward's Present Laughter
'What's in a name? That which we call Present Laughter?' The 'present' in the show's title is actually an adjective and not a verb. It is derived from a song in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, particularly from the verse 'present mirth hath present laughter.' The song is a call to abide by the notion of carpe diem, or in modern terms, 'livin' my best life.'
The many affairs that take place in the play might have been homosexual had the play been written in the present day. But due to homosexuality being a taboo subject in Coward's day, it is alleged that Coward was forced to transform the affairs into straight, heterosexual affairs as prescribed by the stigma of the era. Garry's secretary in the play, Monica, is based on Coward's real-life secretary Lorn Lorraine while the character of Liz was originally played by Joyce Carey and likely based on the actress herself, as she was a part of Coward's social circle.
Tickets to the Old Vic production of Present Laughter starring Andrew Scott will not last!
Don't miss the brand-new, upcoming production of Present Laughter when it hits the Old Vic Theatre this summer! Tickets to this sure-fire hit featuring an all-star cast are expected to sell out fast! Book your Present Laughter London tickets as soon as they go on sale to secure the best prices and best seats at The Old Vic!