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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: 9780573013546

Present Laughter
by Noël Coward

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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Full Length Play


Settings Of Play - A studio


Interior Set

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. 


5m, 6f

M5 (30-40) F6 (23-40)
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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