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by Noël Coward

eBook Present Laughter (Modern Classics) download ISBN: 1408101483
Author: Noël Coward
Publisher: Methuen Drama (October 2, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 128
ePub: 1500 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Dramas and Plays

Similar books to Present Laughter (Modern Classics). I'm currently in the process of reading all of Noel Coward's plays. When Coward is discussed, it seems that there are five plays that are held in the highest esteem (this, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, Hay Fever).

Similar books to Present Laughter (Modern Classics). Hay Fever does not read very well (I'm sure it can be performed nicely), but the others are all quite good. Blithe Spirit's final act is a little long.

Noël Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change. The text features an introduction that considers the directorial decisions and interpretation in the National's production.

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A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness, Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter

A giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness, Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. Recommended age 11+. The Old Vic and TodayTix are thrilled to offer a limited number of £25 Rush tickets for Present Laughter. These can be purchased every performance day from the Box Office at 10am.

Present Laughter is a comic play written by Noël Coward in 1939 but not produced until 1942 because the Second World War began while it was in rehearsal, and the British theatres closed. The title is drawn from a song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night that urges carpe diem ("present mirth hath present laughter"). The play has been frequently revived in Britain, the US and beyond.

item 1 Present Laughter (Modern Classics) by Coward, No�l Paperback Book The Cheap Fast -Present Laughter (Modern . Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared.

item 1 Present Laughter (Modern Classics) by Coward, No�l Paperback Book The Cheap Fast -Present Laughter (Modern Classics) by Coward, No�l Paperback Book The Cheap Fast. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama.

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Andrew Scott gives a virtuosic performance in Noël Coward’s imperishable 1943 comedy. Andrew Scott as Garry Essendine and Enzo Cilenti as Joe Lyppiatt in Present Laughter. Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Andrew Scott gives a virtuosic performance in Noël Coward’s imperishable 1943 comedy. He lends the hero, Garry Essendine, a mixture of twinkling charm and driving egomania characteristic of the kind of actor-manager Coward was portraying and possibly of the author himself. It is a richly funny performance even if Matthew Warchus’s production occasionally displays the frenzy that seems an ingredient of modern comedy. Photograph: Manuel Harlan. The chief joy, however, lies in watching Scott’s display of Garry’s boyish vanity.

Kevin Kline and Kate Burton in Present Laughter. Noël Coward described his 1939 romp Present Laughter as a series of pyrotechnics - merely semi, presumably, because the main character, Garry Essendine, though like Coward an internationally famous star of light comedy, is heterosexual. Not surprisingly, then, the play is a takedown of specifically heterosexual hypocrisy, and more broadly a call for humanity, on the eve of World War II, to straighten itself out, starting with its intimate affairs

At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs.

At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. No l Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.

At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose.

Noël Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the National Theatre's production running from September 2007. The text features an introduction that considers the directorial decisions and interpretation in the National's production.

Comments: (3)
Xtintisha
I saw the play in NY with Kevin Kline in the lead. I wanted to see it again, so I bought the script and as I read it, I was delighted to find my mind replaying the play I had just seen with all the additional comedic expressions and blocking.
Shazel
I first saw this in 2013 in Red Bank, NJ. It was the second or third Noel Coward play I had seen (Private Lives was definitely the first). I jumped at the chance to see Kevin Kline in the lead role in the summer of 2017 in NYC.

I'm currently in the process of reading all of Noel Coward's plays. When Coward is discussed, it seems that there are five plays that are held in the highest esteem (this, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, Hay Fever). Hay Fever does not read very well (I'm sure it can be performed nicely), but the others are all quite good. Blithe Spirit's final act is a little long. Private Lives is brilliant, particularly the first scene. It fades a little as it goes on.

Present Laughter is perfect. It moves rapidly with incredible dialogue that is both funny and observant. The relationship between the the five lifelong friends and business partners is well developed The butler, maid and secretary add to the pace and hilarity. The three extra guests do as well. This is incredibly well done. For those of you reading this, be aware that I am extremely reluctant to offer up hyperbolic praise.
Gold Crown
Feydeau, Sheridan, Marivaux are mixed with telephones and doorbells jangling in this blithery, expert nonsense about the sexiest matinee idol of the London stage whose private life is turned upside down by vamps, his wife, producers and assorted show bizzies. Stage star Garry Essendine puts the ladies who want his body in "the spare room" (ehh?), so this is really a spare room farce rather than a bedroom farce.

Coward, always modest, wrote the role of the sexpot for himself. Studsy Clifton Webb played Garry in the first NYC production. (More ehh? Well, that was casting in the 1940s). George C Scott of flaming nostrils revived Garry on Bwy and so did Frank Langella, who has balls but no charm. The role requires Cary Grant.

It's hilarious comedy, albeit preposterous. Who goes to the theatuh for reality? For reality you watch the evening news on the telly. (There you get a selected reality, but everything is now le show business).