The multi award-winning production of Noël Coward’s provocative comedy featuring Andrew Scott returns to the big screen.

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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.

Filmed live from The Old Vic theatre in London during a sold out run in 2019, Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical) directs this giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

“Not a moment of chaos feels wasted or haphazard, and as each farcical act builds to its crescendo, you feel yourself rising in your seat, desperate to see Coward's next twist or the production's next surprise….This is the kind of classic comedy we don't get to see in Australia - executed at the highest quality and without compromise, sexy and immediate and hysterical.”  Daniel Lammin, Switch Reviews

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Present Laughter premiered in Blackpool in 1942. It is one of Noël Coward's four great comedies of manners, along with Hay FeverPrivate Lives and Blithe Spirit. It presents a masterly, exaggerated picture of the playwright, his whole household, his court, his admirers, his lifestyle and his era.

Featuring Andrew Scott as Garry Essindine with Kitty Archer, Enzo Cilenti, Joshua Hill, Abdul Salis, Liza Sadovy, Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.

This is an encore screening of Present Laughter, from The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Duration 2 hours 50 minutes, including an interval.


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