27 Sep – 12 Oct @ Old Mill Theatre, South Perth ·
Presented by Old Mill Theatre ·
A playful reflection on fame, desire and loneliness from Noël Coward is ready to serve up the laughs at the Old Mill Theatre. Directed by Barry Park, Present Laughter focuses on self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as friends, lovers, relatives and theatre colleagues rally around him.
As a series of almost farcical events unfold, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love-struck ingénue, determined producer, adulterous manager and married seductress. Added to the mix is Garry’s estranged wife, a domineering motherly aristocrat, clairvoyant Swedish housekeeper, cockney valet, long-suffering secretary and an adoring-but-mad aspiring playwright. While Garry welcomes the adulation, he struggles to overcome a mid-life crisis. The main character is a caricature of the playwright’s real-life persona, as Noël Coward acknowledged.
Noël Coward’s Present Laughter plays at 7.30pm on 27 and 28 September, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 October and at 2pm on 29 September and 6 October.
Pictured: Peter Clark, centre, plays the main character in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter with Tarryn McGrath, Nyree Hughes and Grace Edwards. Credit: Myles Wright
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