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Noël Coward: Present Laughter



As star actor Garry Essendine prepares to embark on an African tour, a chain of tragicomic events sends his life spiralling out of control. Within two giddy days, Garry, already tormented by a mid-life crisis, will find himself in a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, and panic. The character is a caricature of Coward himself, by his own admission. Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (Professor Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock) in Noël Coward’s 1939 comedy. The title derives from the ‘Carpe diem’ song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (‘Present mirth hath present laughter’). The play was staged in 1942, when Coward followed Winston Churchill’s advice that he should stick to theatre and contribute to the war effort by entertaining the troops and the home front. He toured indefatigably in Europe, Africa, and Asia, acting and singing for the soldiers.

Pre-recorded broadcast from The Old Vic Theatre in London With English subtitles

NT Live

In collaboration with the British Embassy and the British Council in Athens




Matthew Warchus


Garry Essendine

Andrew Scott

Joe Lyppiatt

Enzo Cilenti


Joshua Hill



Morris Dixon

Abdul Salis

Miss Erikson & Lady Saltburn

Liza Sadovy

Roland Maule

Luke Thallon

Monica Reed

Sophie Thompson



Helen Lyppiatt

Suzie Toase

Liz Essendine

Indira Varma

Daphne Stillington

Kitty Archer

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