Hidden Laughter

by  Simon Gray

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Vibrant...Full of quiet strengths and gentle virtues that can make it an absorbing and moving experience...Wonderful comedy." - New York Daily News
"This fascinating play, his best in years, contains moments of hilarious comedy and others of bleak domestic tragedy." - London Daily Telegraph


Read more +

Hidden Laughter

by  Simon Gray

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Here is a hilarious look at the artistic pretensions of the young and the rich that charts a decade in the life of a London family transplanted to an idyllic country setting. A literary agent and his wife buy a Devon cottage where she can write, children will be happy, and they can relax. Into their world walks the local vicar a classically comic character who tends their magnificent garden and their emotional if not spiritual needs as the outside world intrudes with failure and disillusionment.
Read more +

Reviews

"Vibrant...Full of quiet strengths and gentle virtues that can make it an absorbing and moving experience...Wonderful comedy." - New York Daily News

"This fascinating play, his best in years, contains moments of hilarious comedy and others of bleak domestic tragedy." - London Daily Telegraph

"A subtle and moving play." - London Guardian

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Setting: A Devon cottage in England.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

5m, 3f
HARRY
LOUISE
BEN
RONNIE
DRAYCOTT
NATALIE
NIGEL
NAOMI
See all +

Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

More

Authors

Simon Gray

Simon Gray

Hidden Laughter was first presented by Michael Codron in 1990 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. It was directed by Simon Gray. The play recieved its American premiere at Hartford Stage Company under artistic director Mark Lamos in 1992. It was directed by Mark Lamos.

Now Playing

Community Experiences