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

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About the show

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+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 17 Jun 2019
Booking from: 09 Aug 2019
Booking until: 10 Aug 2019

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

96 Reviews Add review

I had the most fantastic evening. This was written in 1939 - not performed for a few years after, because of the outbreak of war: and... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 75 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Brilliant performance from Andrew Scott, full of energy, drama and campness! Indira Varma is excellent and demonstrates less is more... More

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Andrew Scott gives a spectacular performance that really elevates this comedy. I found some of the humour didn't meet the mark but... More

LondonLass 5"1, 227 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Hopefully you can see a bit of the set design from my photo - it was beautiful. Very evocative of the time that the play was written... More

gailp1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This show was a LOT funnier than I was expecting! Absolutely hilarious from start to finish. The cast were all excellent and it was... More

Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Fabulous! Very funny, all the cast were excellent (except for person playing a “Scandinavian” who's accent kept veering towards South... More

leepeddie 176, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show lived up to its name with an energetic delivery. The strong cast was clearly in full control of the script, confident in their... More

pl6125 186cm, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

jenniepollock 4'11, 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Andrew Scott and Indira Varma are excellent in this, turning the ridiculous into the sublime. Very funny with some great one liners. More

emilydiver 5"0, 264 reviews, 15 helpful votes