Present Laughter at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Present Laughter at Old Vic Theatre tickets

Present Laughter tickets from £24.75

Tickets from £24.75


The divine silliness of Noёl Coward’s comedy meets Matthew Warchus' acclaimed direction in this revival of Present Laughter. Starring the inimitable Andrew Scott, the production is one for the diary. Catch it at the Old Vic from 17 June 2019.

Described by playwright Coward as "a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics", Present Laughter was written in 1939, although it wasn't produced until 1942. The piece has been treated to many revivals, starring stage legends such as Albert Finney, Peter O'Toole, Ian McKellen and Rik Mayall.

This classic comedy revolves around self-interested matinée idol Garry Essendine as he juggles an onslaught of personal and professional relationships. Besides his house staff, put-upon secretary and his manager, he must deal with his estranged wife and a bevy of seductresses, all while navigating an impending mid-life crisis.

Andrew Scott stars as Garry. Scott's remarkable career straddles film, television and stage; it includes the role of Moriarty in Sherlock (which won him a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor) and more recently, the priest in Fleabag. His stage appearances include starring turns in Hamlet and Sea Wall.

Scott is joined onstage by Luke Thallon (The Inheritance), Suzie Toase (One Man, Two Guvnors), Indira Varma (HBO's Game of Thrones) and Sophie Thompson (The Importance of Being Earnest).

Director Matthew Warchus has held the position of Artistic Director at the Old Vic since September 2015. He counts many prestigious awards to his name, including an Olivier for Best Director for his direction of Hamlet, and a Tony for Best Director of a Musical for Groundhog Day.

Set and costume design come from Rob Howell, while lighting is the work of Hugh Vanstone and sound is thanks to Simon Baker.

A stellar cast and a sublimely comical script mean this production of Present Laughter is one to catch. It runs at the Old Vic from 17 June 2019.

Recommended for

If you enjoy Noёl Coward’s particular brand of whimsical humour, you'll want to secure tickets to Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Fans of Andrew Scott shouldn't miss this new chance to see him on the London stage.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 11+

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Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 17 Jun 2019
Booking from: 26 Jun 2019
Booking until: 10 Aug 2019

Next available performances

Thursday 27 Jun 20192:30pm7:30pm
Friday 28 Jun 2019--7:30pm
Saturday 29 Jun 20192:30pm7:30pm
Monday 01 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Tuesday 02 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Wednesday 03 Jul 20192:30pm7:30pm
Friday 05 Jul 2019--7:30pm

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

4 Reviews Add review

A really outstanding performance from Andrew Scott brings this fun, farcical frippery to sparkling life. The set and costumes serve... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great acting. Some brilliant lines. Clever script. Very funny.

mariabell 5'10, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ellie81 5’5”, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A high energy, knock about farce, delivered at the right level throughout and with a gorgeous set.

tony2times 5'7, 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote