ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

Present Laughter 

An aging and self-obsessed actor finds himself in a situation bordering on farce when he is besieged by the demands of his estranged wife, women who want to seduce him, and a crazed playwright.

Director:

Gordon Flemyng

Writer:

Noël Coward (author) (as Noel Coward)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Honor Blackman ... Liz Essendine
Isla Blair ... Daphne Stillington
William Dexter William Dexter ... Henry Lyppiatt
Edward Hardwicke ... Morris Dixon
Sheila Keith ... Miss Erikson
Avice Landone ... Monica Reed
Marie Lohr ... Lady Saltburn
Peter O'Toole ... Garry Essendine
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Roland Maule
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Fred
Yolande Turner ... Joanna Lyppiatt
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An aging and self-obsessed actor finds himself in a situation bordering on farce when he is besieged by the demands of his estranged wife, women who want to seduce him, and a crazed playwright.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The main set was a replica of Peter O'Toole's own green room in his home in Hampstead, N North London. O'Toole suggested it as he was an actor playing an actor in the play. Attention to detail included replica furniture and contents as well, however some of the wall colors and curtains were changed though due to not looking very impressive on the early color television cameras. See more »

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Help me relive my youth!
20 July 2009 | by lankinboysSee all my reviews

If anyone knows where I can get a copy, in any format, of this film, I'd be eternally grateful. My first experience of Noel Coward -- which changed my life!! lankinboys@rogers.com

I've seen many other productions of the play over the years, including a wonderful one at the Stratford Festival here in Ontario with Brian Bedford as Gary, but none have come close to O'Toole's wry, cynical, but warm-hearted characterization. And the supporting cast is brilliant as well -- Honor Blackman smolders as Liz, Tim Preece is crazed and touching as Roland Maule, and everyone else shows just why English rep companies are the world's leading training grounds for actors. Brilliant


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