National Theatre to rerelease The Old Vic’s production of ‘Present Laughter’ with Andrew Scott to cinemas

Graham Robson June 8, 2024

National Theatre has announced its award-winning production Present Laughter (2019) is returning to the big screen on 18 July with National Theatre Live.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, audiences worldwide can watch Andrew Scott in his Olivier award-winning performance as Gary Essendine, a star actor preparing to embark on an overseas tour, alongside Indira Varma, who also won an Olivier award for her performance, and Sophie Thompson.

Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Gary’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Audiences can find their nearest screening at

Caroline Maddison, Deputy Director of Digital Products at the National Theatre, said: “Present Laughter is a fan favourite for National Theatre Live audiences and a brilliant addition to the National Theatre Live programme this year, following our successful releases of Dear England, Vanya, The Motive and the Cue and Nye.

“We’re thrilled to rerelease this incredible production from The Old Vic to cinemas this summer and make it accessible to ever wider audiences.”

Lead Pic by Manuel Harlan