Actors wanted for flamboyant farce

A sophisticated comedy is coming to the Chesil Theatre, Winchester this December – the inimitable Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER.

Set in the 1930s, this is said to be Coward’s most autobiographical comedy; full of flamboyant Englishness and razor-sharp one-liners. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry Essendine, a matinée idol who has reached the “wrong side of 40” prepares for an overseas tour but finds himself having to placate various amorous women, his agent, producer, long-suffering secretary and estranged wife plus an eccentric would-be playwright before he leaves.

Director, Flavia Bateson says of the play “There are excellent roles for 5 male and 6 female actors aged in their 20- 60s and promises to be a fun play to be involved in. Members and non-members alike are welcome to attend the read-through and auditions.”

The read-through will take place at the Chesil Theatre on Friday 6 September at 7.45pm, with auditions on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 September at 7.45pm. Performances will be held 7 – 14 December. More details can be found at


About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at
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