Present Laughter

Present Laughter by Noel Coward 11 – 13 November 2021

This comic Noel Coward play depicts a few days, in the early 1940’s, in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis (he has recently turned forty). The character is a caricature of the author’s real-life persona


Daphne Stillington – Jessica Landy

Miss Erikson – Charlotte McDermott

Fred – Lewis Muir

Monica Reed – Rebecca Aloneftis

Garry Essendine – Joe Hogan

Liz Essendine – Sarah Rice

Roland Maule – Finn Riches

Henry Lyppiatt – James Barnard

Morris Dixon – Hamish Robb

Joanna Lyppiatt – Diane Morrad

Lady Saltburn – Christine Low


Director :  Stephen Charles

Rehearsal Prompt : Val Barber

Stage Manager : Tracey Rudeforth

Stage Design : John Baskerville

Lighting Design and Operation : Ruth Wall and Robert Evans

Sound : Robert Evans

Costumes : Pat Baskerville

Properties : Margaret Bachini

Set Construction : John Baskerville,  Stephen Charles, Ivor Davies, Robert Evans, Graham Frost

Publicity : Pat Baskerville

Publicity Photos : Robert Evans

Dress Rehearsal Photos : Jeremy Evans

Poster and Programme : Joanna Roskilly