24 Sep–29 Sep

Present Laughter by Noel Coward

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Ian McGuirk Productions presents
Present Laughter
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Mary Curtin
TUE 24–SUN 29 SEP, 2.30PM (WED, SAT & SUN) & 7.30PM
Live at The Everyman

After a sell-out run in Cork Arts Theatre, Ian McGuirk brings his production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter to The Everyman, which features an all-Cork cast with direction by Mary Curtin.

Present Laughter is one of Noel Coward’s four great comedies of manners, along with Hay Fever, Private Lives and Blithe Spirit. It presents a masterly, exaggerated picture not only of the playwright himself, but of his whole household, his court, his admirers, his lifestyle and his era.

The plot depicts a few days 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 midlife crisis. The character is a caricature of the author’s real-life person, as Coward acknowledged.


Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Mary Curtin
Producer Ian McGuirk
Set Designer Elisa Gallo Rossa
Light Designer Drew McCarthy
Set Construction Triangle Productions
Stage Manager Michael Greene
Performed by Ian McGuirk, Shirley McCarthy, Ann Dorgan, Rebecca Allman, Marie O Donovan, Oskar Smyth, Jim O Mahony, Kenneth Speight and Vanesa Leary Hyde

Ticket €27

Groups €24 for groups of 10+ | email groups@everymancork.com or call 021 450 1780

Running time 150 min | Interval

Age recommendation All

Trigger Warnings none


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