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Present Laughter - Full Length Play, Comedy

Present Laughter

Noël Coward

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573614255

Coward's richly comic play about world-weary dilettante Garry Essendine, published to conincide with the National Theatre's production opening in September 2007.

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Full Length Play

Comedy

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At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. Noel Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the National Theatre's production running from September 2007. The text features an introduction that considers the directorial decisions and interpretation in the National's production.
"Sharp, withering and funny.-The New York Times

"Sharpness and wit...in each succeeding act."-New York Post

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5m, 6f

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Noël Coward

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a ... view full profile

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