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Rufus Hound   Katherine Kingsley   Tracy-Ann Oberman

Present Laughter

By Noël Coward

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All you do with your talent is to wear dressing-gowns and make witty remarks.

Actor Garry Essendine is at the height of his fame. He’s handsome, witty, surrounded by adoring fans, and about to take his latest theatrical hit overseas. He’s also in the middle of a raging mid-life crisis.

Holed up in his studio, he is assailed from all quarters: a beautiful debutante wants to bed him, an aspiring playwright from Uckfield wants to worship him, and his own producer’s wife wants to... well, what exactly does she want? 

Under the sardonic eye of his long-suffering secretary and the unshockable gaze of his estranged but determined wife, Garry struggles to keep all the balls in the air. 

This sparkling comedy about sex, fame and the theatre itself – and a man wrestling with his own self-image – is widely regarded as Noël Coward’s most autobiographical play. 

Sean Foley’s hit West End productions include The Painkiller,Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), The Ladykillers, The Dresser (at Chichester in 2016) and the multi award-winning The Play What I Wrote.

Actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound plays Garry, returning to Chichester following Neville’s Island (2013). His stage work also includes One Man, Two Guvnors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End).

Katherine Kingsley plays Liz Essendine; last seen here in The Rehearsal and as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain, her recent West End work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tracy-Ann Oberman plays Monica; she played Golde in Fiddler On The Roof (Festival 2017), and her stage credits also include Boeing-Boeing and Stepping Out in the West End.

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Cast & Creatives


  • Rufus Hound.

    Rufus Hound

    Garry Essendine
  • Katherine Kingsley Black And White.

    Katherine Kingsley

    Liz Essendine
  • Tracy Ann Oberman.

    Tracy-Ann Oberman

    Monica Reed
  • Ben Allen.

    Ben Allen

    Roland Maule
  • Delroy Atkinson.

    Delroy Atkinson

  • Lucy Briggs Owen.

    Lucy Briggs-Owen

    Joanna Lyppiatt
  • Lizzy Connolly.

    Lizzy Connolly

    Daphne Stillington
  • Emilio Doorgasingh.

    Emilio Doorgasingh

    Henry Lyppiatt
  • Tamzin Griffin.

    Tamzin Griffin

    Miss Erikson
  • Carol Macready.

    Carol Macready

    Lady Saltburn
  • Richard Mylan Headshot Bw Square.

    Richard Mylan

    Morris Dixon

Creative Team

Sean Foley


Alice Power


Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Ben and Max Ringham

Music and Sound

Lizzi Gee


Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

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