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Andrew Scott stars in Present Laughter at The Old Vic


By Noёl Coward
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Starring Andrew Scott

‘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 husband of one of my dearest friends!’

The Old Vic today announces that Matthew Warchus will direct Andrew Scott in Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy, Present Laughter, opening on 25 June, with previews from 17 June.

The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.

Director, Matthew Warchus, said: ‘Originally titled Sweet Sorrow, Noël Coward’s most autobiographical work is a giddy
and passionate observation of narcissism, hero worship and loneliness. Most of my favourite plays are comedies with
added emotional dimensions and Present Laughter is a laugh-out-loud sex comedy with, I think, surprising depths. I’m
delighted to be working with Andrew Scott again (after collaborating on the film Pride), together with what promises to be
a cast of outstanding comic actors.’

Suitable for ages 11+.

Director Matthew Warchus
Designer Rob Howell
Lighting Hugh Vanstone
Sound Simon Baker


Mon 17 Jun–Sat 10 Aug
Mon–Sat: 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Press Night: Tue 25 June 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Mon 5 Aug 7:30pm (touch tour at 6pm)
Captioned Performance: Thu 8 Aug 7:30pm

The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB