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THE LAST LAUGH by Richard Harris.

9 November 2022 to 3 December 2022 Theatre at the Tabard

The Theatre at the Tabard presents its first in-house production in its relaunch season with The Last Laugh, an hilarious and moving satire about freedom of expression and censorship.

A beleaguered comedy writer meets a stubborn government censor with no sense of humour in repeated attempts to gain approval for his new play. As the writer jumps through the censor’s hoops, a new play emerges while the two very different men come to understand one another and build an unlikely bond.

The Last Laugh is by Richard Harris (Stepping Out, A Touch of Frost) adapted from an original play by Japanese writer Kōki Mitani. It premièred in 2007 on a national tour with Martin Freeman and Roger Lloyd Pack in the lead roles.

David Tarkenter plays The Censor. His recent theatre credits include The 47th (The Old Vic), The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre), The Red Barn (National Theatre) and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.  For television, his credits include Heartbeat and Byker Grove; and for film: Seaview, County Lines and Lawless.

Matt Wake plays The Writer. 

Nick Bromley directs. His theatre career spans six decades, working in rep and on tour before his first London engagement in 1966. Most recently he has worked on,  Love Never Dies, King Charles III, No Man’s Land and Tartuffe.

Richard Harris returns to the Tabard following his productions of Liza, Liza, Liza and Dogends. His television work includes The Darling Buds of May, A Touch of Frost and The Last Detective. Despite a career that has been largely spent writing crime and detective genres, in 1994 he won the prize for best situation comedy from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain for Outside Edge, based on his play of the same name.

The Last Laugh is an intelligent, funny and moving play and plays for a limited four week run at the Tabard -do not miss it!

9 November – 3 December 2022

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday matinees at 4pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm

Ticket Prices

Preview general admission: £19.50

Preview concession: £15.50

General admission: £23.50

Concession: £19.50

Further Information:  The Last Laugh – Theatre at the Tabard