The production will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 17th June.

It has been confirmed that the Sherlock actor is set to return to the London stage alongside Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma to star in the new production of Noel Coward’s play directed by Matthew Warchus.

Present Laughter follows a few days in life of light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel to Africa for a touring commitment. But along the way he has to attempt to placate his secretary and his estranged wife while coping with a crazed young playwright…

The production, which is set to officially open at the Old Vic Theatre on the 25th June, will feature designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Simon Baker.

While best known for his roles in television shows such as BBC’s Sherlock and Fleabag, Andrew Scott’s extensive theatre credits include Design for Living, Dublin Carol (The Old Vic); Sea Wall (The Old Vic/Bush/Traverse/National Theatre/Dublin Festival Theatre) and Hamlet for which he won the Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearean performance (Almeida/West End).

Sophie Thompson’s recent theatre credits include performances in The Importance of Being Earnest (West End); Guys & Dolls (Chichester/West End); Clybourne Park (Royal Court/West End); Female of the Species (West End) and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre).

Luke Thallon’s stage credits include Family Voices, The Room (West End); Cock (Chichester); The Inheritance (Young Vic); Misalliance (Orange Tree); Albion (Almeida) and Bent (National Theatre).

Suzie Toase has appeared on stage in productions of One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/West End); Guys and Dolls (Donmar/West End); My Fair Lady (National Theatre/West End); One Man, Two Guvnors (Broadway) and Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar).

Indira Varma’s theatre credits include: The Hothouse (West End); Celebration, One for the Road (Broadway); Dance of Death, Twelfth Night, The Vortex and Privates on Parade (Donmar).

Present Laughter will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 17th June until the 10th August.

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