National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Saturday, July 27 - Monday, July 29, 2024


The multi award-winning production of Noël Coward’s provocative comedy featuring Andrew Scott (Vanya, Fleabag) returns to the big screen.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Filmed live from The Old Vic in London during a sold out run in 2019, Matthew Warchus (Matilda the Musical) directs this giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Screening as part of National Theatre Live: Spring-Summer 2024

Previously screened at IFC Center in 2019.

  • Country England
  • Running Time 180 minutes
  • Distributor National Theatre Live
  • Director Matthew Warchus
  • Writer Noël Coward
  • Cast Andrew Scott, Kitty Archer, Indira Varma, Sophie Thompson, Enzo Cilenti
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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