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Present Laughter

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Director Angie Langfield
Designer Norman Coates

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting students, working alongside students from BA (Hons) Theatre Practice


Written in 1939, the first production got as far as the dress rehearsal on August 30th but war broke out on September 3rd and the production was postponed. The play was finally staged in 1942 and was revived in 1947 with Coward playing the lead role of Gary, the romantic actor facing a mid-life crisis. It was a part he had written for himself.

The title comes from Feste's song in Twelfth Night:

'What is love ‘tis not hereafter
Present mirth hath present laughter
What's to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty
Youth's a stuff will not endure.'

The sense is live and love now because the future and whatever is beyond is unknown. Living for present pleasure has hilarious consequences for Gary and his theatrical team, the 'firm' and it takes the saner members of the group, namely his secretary and his wife to save the day.

By special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Creative & Production Teams

Construction Managers Sophie Skelton, Martin Streeter
Costume Supervisor Hannah McMahon Major
Production Manager Tom Lee
Production Sound Engineer Jeremy George
Movement Coach Vanessa Ewan
Voice Coach Claudette Williams
Accent Coach Rebecca Gausnell

Creative Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students

Costume Designer Sophia Mavromichalis
Sound Designer Sam Aimson
Lighting Designer Layla Lagab
Assistant Lighting Designer Patrick Krause

Production Team - BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Students

Assistant Production Managers Victoria Bilson, Leonie Hertig, Lili Muslihah
Stage Manager Natasha Whitley
Deputy Stage Manager Jose Gustavo
Assistant Stage Managers James Kiell, Charlotte Owen, Gabriella Robins
Props Buyer Gemma Davies-Starr
Chief Lighting Jack Hathaway
Deputy LX Jack Coker
Programmer Tom Courtier
HOD Prop Making Tom Holloway
Prop Makers Verity Powell, Ben Thwaites, Sheryl Woo
Scenic Constructors Jacopo Baggio, Reis Martin, Ezra Mills, Charlotte Stewart
HOD Scenic Art Alice Olley
Assistant HOD Scenic Art Chantelle Elliston
Scenic Artists Ellen Forbes, Annick Gielens, Jacki Miller, Madeleine Young
Costume Makers / Dressers Orla Convery, Elise Davis, Megan Sayers, Anni Sildvee
Costume Makers Evie Bearman, Henry Wilkinson


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Event Date 

Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm
Friday 24 – Saturday 25 November, 2.30pm

Book in Person 

Box Office

+44 (0)20 7722 8183

Open on-site:
Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Additional opening on performance nights
6.00pm – 7.30pm

About your visit

Tickets should be collected 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted until there is a suitable break.


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Event price

Tickets: £10/ £5 concessions. Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

22 Nov 2017 - 7:30pm to 25 Nov 2017 - 7:30pm

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