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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 which opened September 2007.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Garry Essendine's studio in London.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From West End

Nominee! 2017 Tony Award for Best Play Revival
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. 

REVIEWS

"Sharp, withering and funny." -The New York Times

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


Present Laughter premiered while on European tour in Blackpool in September 1942. It then premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in October 1946 under the direction of John C. Wilson.

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CASTING

5m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

DAPHNE STILLINGTON 
MISS ERIKSON
FRED
MONICA REED
GARRY ESSENDINE
LIZ ESSENDINE
ROLAND MAULE
MORRIS DIXON
HUGO LYPPIATT
JOANNA LYPPIATT
LADY SALTBURN
Author
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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