Present Laughter Opens on Broadway

Broadway News   Present Laughter Opens on Broadway
The Noël Coward comedy plays the St. James Theatre starring Kevin Kline.
Cobie Smulders and Kevin Kline Joan Marcus

The Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter officially opens April 5 at the St. James Theatre. Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the production stars Academy Award and two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline as Garry Essendine, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Kate Burton as Liz Essendine, Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen as Monica Reed, and stage and screen star Cobie Smulders as Joanna Lyppiatt.

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Present Laughter began previews March 10 and marks the stage return of Kline after a ten-year absence. Kline plays a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis, and in signature Coward style, the leading man finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, and unexpected twists.

The Broadway engagement is scheduled to continue through July 2 at the St. James, located at 246 West 44th Street.

The cast also features Bhavesh Patel as Roland Maule, Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon, Matt Bittner as Fred, Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson, Obie Award winner Peter Francis James as Henry Lyppiatt, Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington, Sandra Shipley as Lady Saltburn, with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend.

The production features set design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Flip through production photos of the show below:

Present Laughter is produced by Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, A.C. Orange International, Eric Falkenstein, Grove Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Joe Everett Michaels, Robert F. Ryan, Stephanie McClelland, Harbor Entertainment, and Daryl Roth.

Tickets are on sale at, by calling (877) 250-2929, or in person at the St. James Theatre Box Office. A limited quantity of $42 lottery tickets to each performance are available through online entry at

(Updated April 5, 2017)


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