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The Last Laugh archiveIn this hilarious and moving satire, a beleaguered comedy troupe writer who, obliged by law to submit his latest script for government approval, has to go toe-to-toe with a newly appointed hard-nosed government censor. As he diligently attempts to rework his play, incorporating the censor's multitudinous and unconventional edits, the most unlikely partnership starts to flourish and the men become engaged in a 'conspiracy of two', crafting the funniest play they can imagine, whilst the spectre of the outside world threatens to destroy everything.
Performers Martin Freeman (The Writer), Roger Lloyd-Pack (The Censor).
Author Richard Harris (adapted from an original play by Koki Mitani). Producer Bill Kenwright (in association with PARCO company limited Tokyo). Director Bob Tomson. Design Michael Pavelka. Lighting Mark Henderson. Sound Brian Spence.

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01422191633. Details of all The Last Laugh archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1411749478

Archive Listings

26 Feb 07
to
3 Mar 07
Theatre Royal
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
19 Feb 07
to
24 Feb 07
Richmond Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
13 Feb 07
to
17 Feb 07
Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
5 Feb 07
to
10 Feb 07
Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
30 Jan 07
to
3 Feb 07
Theatre Royal
Windsor
Berkshire

User Reviews

USER (06Feb07): I am contributing this article from Japan. As I am interested in the future of this play in UK, I would like to keep watching carefully English theater fansf response to this play. Mr. Kouki Mitani originally wrote this funny playfs script. The original Kouki Mitani's script is based upon the story of Mr. Sakae Kikutani , the scenarist. Who wrote many comedy scripts for the famous comedy actor Mr. Kenichi Enomoto i.e.gChaplin, Charliehin Japan. When Mr. Kenichi Enomoto was confered a decoration in 1950, he said that This decoration was not given to me but to the Mr. Sakae Kikutanifs great scenarios. During the World War II, in Japan the government suppressed scriptwriters harshly for fear lest the comedies would spread of the lazy atmosphere. Mr. Sakae Kikutani fought this harsh censorship with incredible patience and managed the theatrical company in those gPassion@periodh. But he was conscripted for military service and eventually become fallen soldier in China during the World War II. http://www.plib.net.pref.aomori.jp/top/museum/sakka/SAKKA50_PRO/‹e’J‰hPRO.HTML So for me, The Last Laugh is not a comedy but very special tragicomedy. This was put on the play in Russia successfully. I thought that Russian people experienced the same severe censorship in the past. I guess that is one of the reasons why they could understand this tragicomedy correctly. Thank you reading the foreignerfs strange English to the end. And hope that English fans would enjoy this funny play to their heart's content.

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