My Present Laughter
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Present Laughter

February 14

Andrew Scott's ('Fleabag,' 'Sherlock') revelatory performance proves that Noël Coward's provocative comedy about the hollow nature of fame is pure genius.

19/20 HD Broadcast

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine's (Scott) colorful life is in danger of spiraling 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.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 HD Broadcast season. This is an archived view.

“Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius”

Telegraph

“Andrew Scott dazzles in Coward's enduring classic comedy”

Guardian

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