“I knew how deep your longing must be to have someone really to love you, to be with you, when I saw that dreadful prostitute come out of the spare room."

"That was not a prostitute. It was the wife of one of my dearest friends!”

Directed by
Katie Webster

Production synopsis For the 2021 February production, we have Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour to Africa, star of the London stage 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. Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Below you can watch an interview with director Katie Webster on this production. You can also watch Katie’s original pitch for Present Laughter from our 2020 “Lockdown Launch”. (Please note that this video displays the original 2021 production dates).


Henry Lyppiatt – 30s to 40s – Married to Joanna and oblivious to her affairs – for now! Dapper and proper, with a solidly stiff upper lip. A smaller part with some great funny moments.


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