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Present Laughter

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Closed July 2, 2017

"It's high time we were reminded again of what a great physical comedian Kevin Kline is. Playing an aging matinee idol in the bouncy new revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," Mr. Kline blissfully plies the witty athleticism and derring-do that won

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Present Laughter?

Starring 2017 Tony Winner Kevin Kline

Noel Coward's sparkling farce Present Laughter is revived on Broadway for the fifth time, with Oscar, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Kevin Kline (On The Twentieth Century, The Pirates of Penzance) in the lead role. Described as 'semi-autobiographical' by its author, this zippy comedy centers on actor Gary Essendine, who is trying his best to cope with a mounting number of distractions on the eve of his tour to Africa. Last seen on Broadway in 2010, this latest production of Present Laughter is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God).

Present Laughter marks a long-awaited return to the Great White Way for Kevin Kline, best known for his roles in the movies The Big Chill and A Fish Called Wanda. While his career began on the stage, he hasn't appeared on Broadway since 2007's Cyrano de Bergerac. Also in the cast are How I Met Your Mother's Colbie Smulders, and Tony nominees Kate Burton, Reg Rogers and Kristine Nielsen.

What is Present Laughter About?

An actor of the highest calibre (in his own eyes at least), Gary Essendine always exudes a stately command of the stage. Unfortunately, he has slightly less control over his personal life, which, on the eve of a repertory tour of Africa, is becoming very complicated. There's a cavalcade of young women trying to lure him into bed, a playwright named Roland has become a little overly attached, and various members of his staff have been having affairs with each other's wives.

It's enough to bring on a mid-life crisis, but Gary simply must get through it... by any means necessary!

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Previews from: 10 March 2017

Opening night: 5 April 2017

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Kevin Kline as Gary Essedine
Colbie Smulders as Joanna Lyppiatt
Kate Burton as Liz Essendine
Kristine Nielsen as Monica Reed
Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon
Bhavesh Patel as Roland Maule
Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington
Peter Francis James as Henry Lyppiatt
Matt Bittner as Fred
Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson
Sandra Shipley as Lady Saltburn

Ensemble: Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, David L. Townsend


Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel


2017 TONY AWARD Wins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Kevin Kline

2017 tony award nominations

Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Kevin Kline
Best Costume Design of a Play


Outstanding Actor in a Play - Kevin Kline


Outstanding Actor in a Play - Kevin Kline
Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

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A fall apart farce that is brilliantly written with British humor at its best!

The 2017 revival of Present Laughter marks the sixth return for Coward's treasured play. The flawed characters are brilliantly crafted in this backstage farce set in 1939 high society London, in the studio of a fading star.

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Wonderful Noel Coward play with excellent performances by all involved. ... more

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