Matt Wake in “The Last Laught” at the Tabard Theatre

Matt Wake stars in The Last Laugh By Richard Harris, adapted from an original play by Kōki Mitani.


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 (Matt Wake) meets a stubborn government censor (David Tarkenter) 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.

Set in a dystopian state with the war outside creeping ever closer, this witty play explores what comedy is and why it is so important to laugh.


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

The Last Laugh is an intelligent, funny and moving play and plays for a limited four week run at the Tabard.


Tickets can be purchased here