In continuance of its Great Performances series featuring the broadcast of Broadway productions, PBS will air the most recent revival of Present Laughter November 3 at 9 PM ET; check local listings.
Filmed by subscription streaming service BroadwayHD, the capture features Tony winner Kevin Kline as Garry Essendine, an actor high on vanity in the midst of a mid-life crisis and caught between the many women in his life.
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the Noël Coward classic also stars Kate Burton, Kristine Nielson, Cobie Smulders, Bhavesh Patel, Reg Rogers, Matt Bittner, Ellen Harvey, Peter Francis James, Tedra Millan, and Sandra Shipley.
The comedy won over audiences and critics alike—earning a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play and a Tony for star Kline—and featured scenic design by Tony winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony nominee Justin Townsend, and sound design by Drama Desk winner Fitz Patton.
This production, marking the fifth revival of the famous play, opened April 5, 2017, at the St. James Theatre.
Get a behind-the-scenes close-up look at Zinn’s set design: