Tony-Nommed Bedford Directs and Stars In Stratford Fest's Present Laughter, June 14

News   Tony-Nommed Bedford Directs and Stars In Stratford Fest's Present Laughter, June 14 Brian Bedford, the respected North American actor who was nommed for a 2003 Tony Award for Tartuffe, plays elegant Garry Essendine in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, beginning previews June 14 at Canada's Stratford Festival.

Bedford also directs the comedy classic about a middle aged theatrical superstar and the fans, friends and lovers that surround him. Performances play the proscenium Avon Theatre at the prestigious four-venue festival founded by Tyrone Guthrie. Stratford has been Bedford's artistic homes for many years.

Set design is by Michael Yeargan, costume design is by Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by Michael J. Whitfield and sound design is by Jim Neil. The music is compiled by Don Horsburgh and the fight consultant is John Stead.

Present Laughter also features Domini Blythe as Liz Essendine, Sara Botsford as Joanna Lyppiatt, Lally Cadeau as Lady Saltburn, Shane Carty as Morris Dixon, Patricia Collins as Miss Erikson, Michelle Giroux as Daphne Stillington, Tim MacDonald as Roland Maule, Seana McKenna as Monica Reed, Raymond O'Neill as Hugo Lyppiatt and Brian Tree as Fred. Non-performing understudies are Barbara Dunn-Prosser, Dana Green, Deborah Hay, Jacob James and Andrew Muir.

Official opening is June 26. The staging continues in repertory to Nov. 1.

For more information, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.