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Present Laughter


Noel Coward

16th - 19th October, 1985
Director: Greta Donahue

Present Laughter takes its title from Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night:

What is love?
Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

The main character, Garry Essendine, takes Shakespeare's admonition all too seriously, continually indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late.

Chaos ensues as the relative values of the post-war class system are revealed.

Daphne Stillington Julia Cheetham
Miss Erikson Margaret Savaage
Fred John Smith
Monica Reed Sue Jones
Garry Essendine Fred Donnan
Liz Essendine Diana Boswell
Roland Maule Julian Rawle
Henry Lyppiatt Gordon Bennett
Morris Dixon Steve Williamson
Jaonna Lyppiatt Barbara Laughton
Lady Saltburn Moyra Hampson
Stage Manager Sue Webb
Assistant Stage Manager Joy Munton
Lighting Chris Swinhoe-Standon
Sound Graham Lawson
Properties Dilys Mason
Barbara Currie
Caroline Schofield
Wardrobe Frances Squire
Set Design Jacque Bilsborough
Set Construction David Currie
Bill Mitchell
Trevor Jones
Adele Taylor
Nick Capey
House Manager David Currie
Cover drawing by Jacque Bilsborough