Play directory : Present Laughter

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The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Noel Coward
  • Written
  • Overview
    Written by Noel Coward in 1939 and first staged in 1942 as part of a double bill with his lower middle-class domestic drama This Happy Breed; later the double bill was expanded to include Coward's new play Blithe Spirit. Coward himself starred in Present Laughter during the original run; later productions have featured actors such as Simon Callow and Ian McKellen in the lead role. The play has enjoyed numerous revivals - including one in 1956 with Coward himself reprising the Essendine role.