Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society’s summer production is ‘Present Laughter’ by Noel Coward directed by Jenny Green.
Written by Coward in 1939 and first performed in 1942, the plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed matinee idol, Garry Essendine, as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and estranged wife, cope with a crazed playwright, and overcome his mid-life crisis. The story was described by Coward as “a series of semi-autobiographical pyrotechnics”.
Performances are on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July at 7.45pm. Tickets available from Lyndhurst Community Centre from Monday 2 July. Information and telephone bookings from Monday 18 June on 023 8028 2729. Tickets cost £8 for 19 July and £9 for 20 and 21 July.