Present Laughter

by Noel Coward, starring Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Christina Pickles and Carolyn Seymour.

In this delicious comedy, a gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes buzz around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne.

While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.

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19790630 (R4)

by Noel Coward
Adapted and produced by Ian Cotterell
with Paul Scofield, Fenella Fielding, Patricia Routledge,
Joy Parker and David Timson
In this Jazz Age play, the main character, Gary Essendine,
takes Shakespeare's admonition all too seriously, continually
indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women andSLEEPing late. Garry is vain, ill-tempered and inconsiderate.
He's also warm, witty and talented.
The most autobiographical of Noel Coward's plays,
Present Laughter takes its title from Shakespeare's
The Twelfth Night: "What is love?/Tis not hereafter/Present
mirth hath present laughter/What's to come is still unsure/In
delay there lies no plenty/Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty/Youth's
a stuff will not endure."

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Often thought of as semi autobiographical, Noël Coward's 'Present Laughter' follows a few days in the life of successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to go on tour to Africa.

Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry must deal with interruptions including the numerous women who want to seduce him, a young aspiring actress, Daphne, and Joanna who is the wife of his manager Henry and who is already having an affair with his producer Morris.

He must also deal with placating his long suffering secretary Monica, avoiding his estranged wife Liz Essendine, being confronted by the obsessed young playwright Roland Maule and the unbearable inevitability of all that comes with turning forty.

"Present Laughter" by Noël Coward

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

SD20130406

Often thought of as semi autobiographical, Noël Coward's 'Present Laughter' follows a few days in the life of successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to go on tour to Africa.

Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry must deal with interruptions including the numerous women who want to seduce him, a young aspiring actress, Daphne, and Joanna who is the wife of his manager Henry and who is already having an affair with his producer Morris.

He must also deal with placating his long suffering secretary Monica, avoiding his estranged wife Liz Essendine, being confronted by the obsessed young playwright Roland Maule and the unbearable inevitability of all that comes with turning forty.

"Present Laughter" by Noël Coward

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

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By: Noel Coward

Starring: Paul Scofield/Fenella Fielding/Patricia Routledge

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by Noel Coward, starring Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Christina Pickles and Carolyn Seymour.

In this delicious comedy, a gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes buzz around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne.

While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love struck ingenue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress - not to mention Garry's estranged wife and the memorable Roland Maule, an aspiring playwright who is quite, quite mad.