At the centre of his own carpe diem universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine; suave, debonair, hedonistic and advancing, with every sign of reluctance, into middle age. His private life, the demands of his ex-wife and various adoring girlfriends is tolerated until he goes too far and plays a little too close to home. Just before he escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanours is exposed and all hell breaks loose. From the creative team that brought you the acclaimed Gate Theatre productions of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan (2005), W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (2006) and Noël Coward's Private Lives (2007), comes Coward's brilliant comedy of manners, oozing with charm, panache and verbal wizardry. Present Laughter runs at the Gate Theatre from July 9th until Augiust 8th 2009. Tickets are priced from €20 to €34.