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Often regarded as semi-autobiographical, Present Laughter follows a few days in the life of successful and self-obsessed actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry must deal with interruptions including the numerous women who want to seduce him, placating his long-suffering secretary Monica Reed, avoiding his estranged wife Liz Essendine, being confronted by a crazed young playwright, and overcoming his fear of his own approacing fortieth birthday and impending mid-life crisis.

  1. Rick Gardner


  2. Alan Strachan


  3. Noël Coward


Top Billed Cast

  1. Donald Sinden

    Donald Sinden

    Garry Essendine

  2. Dinah Sheridan

    Dinah Sheridan

    Liz Essendine

  3. Gwen Watford

    Gwen Watford

    Monica Reed

  4. Elizabeth Counsell

    Elizabeth Counsell

    Joanna Lyppiatt

  5. Julian Fellowes

    Julian Fellowes

    Roland Maule

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  • December 16, 1981


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 27m

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