Archives - Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

Directed by Louis Davis

Friday 23rd – Saturday 31st October 1998 in the Auditorium

This is Coward’s centenary year and Present Laughter is an absolute classic comedy.

Written in 1939 by delayed by the war until 1942, it centres on Gary Essendine, a popular actor (originally played by Coward) who revels in being a temperamental prima donna. His antics and love affairs require the most careful handling both by his secretary and his manager.

The one person who can really cope with him is his wife, Liz. Separated some time ago, they are still good friends. He has become more deeply involved that he intended with his manager’s wife, Joanna. When on the eve of his South African tour it becomes plain that he cannot extricate himself and is on the brink of a nervous breakdown, Liz steps in and takes charge.

Part of the Barn’s 1998/1999 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Daphne Stillington-Linda Vincent
Miss Erikson-Anne Woolmington
Fred-Steven Aitken
Monica-Ann Chapman
Garry Essendine-Russell Vincent
Liz Essendine-Sharon Stratton
Roland Maule-Mark Ratcliffe
Henry Lippiatt-George Blee
Morris Dixon-Andrew Whittington
Joanna Lippiatt-Jan Westgarth
Lady Saltburn-Mariam Rodway

Creative team

Director-Louis Davis
Set Design-Jack Wood
Lighting Design-Simon Turner
Stage Manager-Norman Merry
Assistant Stage Manager-Tina Jolly
Set Construction-Pat Finch
Eric Farlie
Costumes-Tiffany While
Christine Mackinven
Properties-Alex Powell
Lighting Operator-Laura Powell
Sound Operator-Rob Wallace
Prompt-Bernie Cassidy
Production Secretary-Shirley Thompson

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