National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

2020 | UK | 180 mins | PG, Coarse language & sexual references

  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Andrew Scott
  • Writer: Noel Coward
  • Theatre: Old Vic, London
  • Live Performance
  • Trailer


Illuminating and luminously funny.

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.

Andrew Scott is wondrous in this revelatory refresh of Noël Coward’s classic comedy.
Time Out

Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius.

A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame.
Financial Times