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Changeling Theatre presents: Present Laughter

Changeling Theatre presents a hilarious and fast paced production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter.

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“I am apt to worry too much about what people think of me.”

Garry Essendine is a superstar actor and personality, gracing the front covers of all the most fashionable magazines. A charismatic playboy, he is the toast of the town on both sides of the pond.

About to embark on another world tour, Garry is suddenly overwhelmed by an identity crisis. With everyone wanting a piece of him, Garry recognises his own toxic desire to be in the spotlight. Essendine, for the keen eye, is an anagram of neediness.

Present Laughter is a razor sharp and highly comic exploration of the ups and downs of fame brought up to date in the Instagram age, where the leading man struggles to present his genuine self above the magnitude of his stage, screen and social media persona.

Directed by Rob Forknall, Present Laughter promises to be hilarious and fast-paced with beautiful design, new music and thrilling performances.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £25.00
Child (Under 18)£15.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Meeting point

At the Barn Theatre entrance via the Tea Room


There is wheelchair access


Suitable for all ages

Upcoming events


Behind the Scenes Tour: Museum Objects 

This exclusive out-of-hours tour will lead you through object highlights in the house.

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13 Apr to 14 Sep 2024
10:15 to 11:00
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13 Apr to 14 Apr 2024
11:00 to 17:00
+ 1 other date or time

Meet the Archaeologists 

Bring along your budding archaeologists to meet members of our archaeology team every other Sunday at Smallhythe Place.

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12 May to 15 Sep 2024
12:00 to 15:00
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Behind the Scenes Tour: Costumes 

Join our Senior Collections Officer in an exclusive peek into the iconic costume collection of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry.

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18 May to 21 Sep 2024
13:00 to 13:45
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