Present Laughter

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In order to maintain the well-being of our patrons and community, we will be postponing the National Theatre Live screenings on Sunday, April 19.

If you have tickets to Present Laughter, your tickets will be honored for a future National Theatre Live broadcast– and we will bring back this title. We are extending free exchanges to all ticket holders, and extending the expiration on Punch Cards into next season. For more details, click here.

Present Laughter

by Noël Coward

Third Rail’s Hi-Definition Screenings feature amazing productions from London’s National Theatre, captured live onstage and presented locally in high-definition video. NT Live Punch Card holders may use their cards for any Third Rail Hi-Definition Screening.


– World Trade Center Theater –
25 SW Salmon St (2WTC), Portland, OR 97205

Runtime: 2 hours and 55 minutes with one intermission.

‘I’m changing my methods and you’re my first experiment.’

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Directed by

Written by


Garry Essendine

Daphne Stillington

Joe Lyppiatt

Morris Dixon

Roland Maule

Liz Essendine

Monica Reed

Third Rail core company member
Guest Artist
* Member of Actors Equity Association