ITV Play of the Week: Season 12, Episode 26

Present Laughter (28 Feb. 1968)

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An aging and self-obsessed actor finds himself in a situation bordering on farce when he is besieged by the demands of his estranged wife, women who want to seduce him, and a crazed playwright.

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An aging and self-obsessed actor finds himself in a situation bordering on farce when he is besieged by the demands of his estranged wife, women who want to seduce him, and a crazed playwright.

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The main set was a replica of Peter O'Toole's own green room in his home in Hampstead, N North London. O'Toole suggested it as he was an actor playing an actor in the play. Attention to detail included replica furniture and contents as well, however some of the wall colors and curtains were changed though due to not looking very impressive on the early color television cameras. See more »

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Not in the Coward Collection
9 June 2012 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

This is NOT the performance contained in the Coward Collection DVD. That is a live theatrical performance with Donald Sinden and Dinah Sheridan, which, by the way, I cannot find anywhere listed in the IMDb. That video is good, but not exceptional. It's the usual facile Coward comedy with no depth, and the performances, it being live theatre, our over-the-top. And it's hard to picture Sinden as a 'romantic idol', consider he has no physical charm or appeal. O'Toole would have been better. It's a pity Cary Grant never did it. He would have been perfect. The play itself is facile and dated as is much of Coward these days. The characters have no depth. This is purely farce...and not very funny at that.


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