Present Laughter

Comedy - Revival

Circle in the Square Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: June 22, 1982
  • Opening Date: July 15, 1982
  • Closing Date: January 2, 1983
  • Previews: 32
  • Performances: 175

Playwright: Noël Coward


In Noel Coward's semi-autobiographical comedy, Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis who freely indulges his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late.


Opening Night Cast

George C. Scott Garry Essendine
Kate Burton in Present Laughter Kate Burton Daphne Stillington
Edward Conery Morris Dixon
Georgine Hall Lady Saltburn
Bette Henritze in Present Laughter Bette Henritze Miss Erikson
Elizabeth Hubbard Liz Essendine
Dana Ivey in Present Laughter Dana Ivey Monica Reed
Christine Lahti in Present Laughter Christine Lahti Joanna Lyppiatt
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Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
  George C. Scott Director
  Marjorie Kellogg Scenic Design
Ann Roth Ann Roth Costume Design
  Richard Nelson Lighting Design
  Lyn Quiyou Hair Design
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Clarence Derwent Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1983 Most Promising Female Performer Dana Ivey Winner

Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1983 Outstanding Director of a Play George C. Scott Nominee
1983 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nathan Lane Nominee
1983 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Dana Ivey Nominee
1983 Outstanding Revival   Nominee
1983 Outstanding Set Design Marjorie Kellogg Nominee
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