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Present Laughter

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!' As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, narcissism and loneliness, Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

By Noël Coward. Directed by Matthew Warchus. Starring Andrew Scott.

Cancellation Policy

No exchange, no refunds after booking


Approximate running time 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Good To Know

The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control.

Suitable For Children

Suitable for ages 11 years +


22nd June - 10th August 2019

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic, The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB

The Old Vic, London.

Latest customer reviews

  • Brilliant

    4 July 2019

    A great night out. Incredible calibre of acting and a hilarious story.

    Rebecca S Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Outstanding production.

    3 July 2019

    This superbly well matched cast, headed by the huge talent that is Andrew Scott, gave us a theatrical evening to treasure. So much laughter from deftly-delivered lines and clever timing. It was glorious.

    Angela H.M. Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Superb!

    2 July 2019

    Absolutely wonderful production. Terrific performances from all, but Andrew Scott was just mesmorising. Loved the set, the gender swaps, the music, everything. Fabulous.

    Jacquie Campbell Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 28 June 2019

    Hilarious. Great acting. Andrew Scott, Sophie Thompson and Indira Varma were just brilliant.

    Adam Confirmed ticket purchaser