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National Theatre Live: Present Laughter


When: Saturday, June 6, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Ethel M. Barber Theater 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, 1949 Campus Drive; 10-30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: General Public $20
Senior Citizen $16
Educator $16
NU Staff/Faculty $16
Full Time Student $12

Contact: China Whitmire   847.491.7282

Group: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Category: Fine Arts


By Noël Coward
Directed by Matthew Warchus

June 6, 2020 7:00 pm
Ethel M. Barber Theater
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

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.

‘Andrew Scott’s revelatory performance shows why Noël Coward is hailed a genius’

‘A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame led by a virtuoso yet beautifully nuanced performance’
Financial Times

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