Present Laughter

  • Peter Ward

    Peter Ward

  • Anne Bowen, Peter Ward, Ruth Linnett

    Anne Bowen, Peter Ward, Ruth Linnett

  • Ruth Linnett & Peter Ward

    Ruth Linnett & Peter Ward

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, directed by  Vanessa Comer

Actor, charmer and diva, Garry Essendine is determined to disregard his advancing years by revelling in endless tantrums and casual affairs. About to depart for Africa, he finds himself besieged by a bevy of wouldbe seductresses, not to mention his long-suffering secretary, his estranged wife, and an obsessed young playwright. As he attempts to disentangle himself from their clutches and demands, the sparkling comedy escalates.

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Garry Essendine played by Peter Ward

Liz Essendine played by Anne Bowen

Monica Reed played by Viv Tomlinson

Daphne Stillington played by Claire Bradwell

Fred played by David Draper

Roland Maule played by Joe Riley

Morris Dixon played by Paul Tomlinson

Joanna Lyppiatt played by Ruth Linnett

Henry Lyppiatt played by Steve Farr

Lady Saltburn played by Beverly Abson

Miss Erikson played by Margot McCleary


Directed by Vanessa Comer

Performance Dates
3 - 11 March 2017
7:30pm (2:30pm matinees 4 & 11 March)

The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU

In rehearsal...

Coming soon...

Arabian Nights

7 - 9 July 2022
Thursday 7 July 7.30pm, Friday 8 July 1pm (relaxed), Saturday 9 July 3pm and 6.30pm