Noël Coward classic on stage

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 June 2016

Present Laughter.

Present Laughter.


Noël Coward is one of Britian’s most iconic playwrights and his work still lives on today.

One of his most hilarious pieces is now making its way to Bath, signalling the start of the Theatre Royal summer season.

Present Laughter is a ‘semi-autobiographical’ piece of theatre and Coward originally played the lead role back in the 1940s.

Garry Essendine can be described as a charming diva but his antics often get him into trouble. His countless affairs and disregard for responsibility have prompted his long-suffering wife to leave him and his journey alone begins.

Well-known actor Samuel West is taking on this hilarious role, having recently graced the small screen in Mr Selfridge and this gives audiences a chance to see him in a remarkably different role.

This timeless production was first performed in 1942 and will now make its debut in Bath.

Present Laughter will be at the Theatre Royal in Bath from tonight until July 9 at 7.30pm each night, with matinee performances at 2.30pm today (Thursday), June 30 and July 7 and 9.

Tickets, priced from £15-34.50, are available by calling 01225 448844, or from

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