Noel Coward’s Present Laughter
At the centre of his own universe sits matinée idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose.
Noël Coward’s Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.
Tuesday to Saturday 07:30 (£12)
Saturday 02:30 (£10)
Thursday evening and Saturday matinée performances are socially distanced
Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2TR
Tue 7 Jun to Sat 11 June