National Theatre Encore: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus
Running Time
176 mins

Rising stage star Garry Essendine (Fleabag‘s Andrew Scott) finds his promiscuous life in danger of spiralling out of control in Noël Coward‘s frequently revived 1943 comedy of manners, which takes an impressively modern view of fame, desire and loneliness. Traditionalists may wish to note that director Matthew Warchus adds a gender-swap twist to make Garry’s lusty lover male rather than female.

“It’s like being transported to a parallel universe where everyone is bisexual, endlessly stylish and schooled from birth in the art of the bon mot,” reckoned Time Out. The play was originally broadcast live from the Old Vic on November 28 2019.



By robin askew, Friday, Oct 25 2019


  • Orpheus

    Thu October 1, 2020

    • 7:00 pm

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