Present Laughter

by Noel Coward, starring Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Christina Pickles and Carolyn Seymour.

In this delicious comedy, a gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes buzz around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne.

While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.

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1974122319770103
19790630 (R4)
"by Noel Coward

Adapted and produced by Ian Cotterell

with Paul Scofield, Fenella Fielding, Patricia Routledge,

Joy Parker and David Timson

In this Jazz Age play, the main character, Gary Essendine,

takes Shakespeare's admonition all too seriously, continually

indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women andSLEEPing late. Garry is vain, ill-tempered and inconsiderate.

He's also warm, witty and talented.

The most autobiographical of Noel Coward's plays,

Present Laughter takes its title from Shakespeare's

The Twelfth Night: ""What is love?/Tis not hereafter/Present

mirth hath present laughter/What's to come is still unsure/In

delay there lies no plenty/Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty/Youth's

a stuff will not endure.""

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1974122319770103
19790630 (R4)
by Noel Coward

Adapted and produced by Ian Cotterell

with Paul Scofield, Fenella Fielding, Patricia Routledge,

Joy Parker and David Timson

In this Jazz Age play, the main character, Gary Essendine,

takes Shakespeare's admonition all too seriously, continually

indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women andSLEEPing late. Garry is vain, ill-tempered and inconsiderate.

He's also warm, witty and talented.

The most autobiographical of Noel Coward's plays,

Present Laughter takes its title from Shakespeare's

The Twelfth Night: "What is love?/Tis not hereafter/Present

mirth hath present laughter/What's to come is still unsure/In

delay there lies no plenty/Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty/Youth's

a stuff will not endure."

SNT19790630By: Noel Coward

Starring: Paul Scofield/Fenella Fielding/Patricia Routledge

SNT1979a6a30By: Noel Coward

Starring: Paul Scofield/Fenella Fielding/Patricia Routledge

TPTT20050122"by Noel Coward, starring Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Christina Pickles and Carolyn Seymour.

In this delicious comedy, a gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes buzz around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne.

While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad."

TPTT20050122by Noel Coward, starring Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Christina Pickles and Carolyn Seymour.

In this delicious comedy, a gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes buzz around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne.

While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.