For Immediate Release
January 14, 2020
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, starring Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag), airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, January 25, at 1 pm.
As star actor Garry Essendine prepares to embark on an overseas tour, his colorful life is in danger of spiraling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul searching.
With a slew of five-star reviews, this updated production of Noël Coward’s classic play presents a giddy and modern reflection on fame, desire, and loneliness. This HD broadcast of Present Laughter was captured live from The Old Vic in London, with Matthew Warchus directing.

Tickets are $18 ($16 for Clark members) and can be purchased at or by phoning 413 458 0524. All ticket sales are nonrefundable. 
The next National Theatre Live broadcast is All About Eve, starring Lily James and Gillian Anderson, and airing on Saturday, February 8, at 1 pm.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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