Noël Coward’s Hay Fever runs on the stage of the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2015 with an impressive cast and director leading the way. The production is a transfer from the Theatre Royal Bath, a location that has fed the West End many of its hit shows over the years, and it will once again demonstrate the quality and popularity of Noël Coward’s work.
Felicity Kendal reprises her role of Judith following her performances at the Theatre Royal Bath whilst Lindsay Posner, responsible for some of the West End’s stand-out plays of recent years, directs.
The mentioned Judith Bliss is a former star of the stage whose popularity has faded. She is part of an unconventional family and it is the relationship between its members that is exposed for all to see on the stage of the Duke of York’s Theatre. She is taking her young suitor to the family’s Berkshire retreat, unaware that her novelist husband David is also there alongside their adult children. As each member of the family has brought guests of their own, the results are a scandalous and chaotic weekend in the countryside.
The play is a well known one that emerged in 1925 and stands up alongside other well known pieces by Coward, from Private Lives to Blithe Spirit. It has been regularly staged in the West End, with a production previously appearing at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2012.
Felicity Kendal needs little introduction, having appeared in numerous west end shows over the years alongside her work on television and cinema screens. She is best known for playing Barbara in The Good Life and Rosemary in Rosemary & Thyme, though for those in the capital she will be equally familiar for stage roles. These include the likes of Relatively Speaking at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), The Last Cigarette at Trafalgar Studios 1, The Vortex (also a Noël Coward piece) at the Apollo Theatre and Amy’s View at the Garrick Theatre, amongst many others.
The Duke of York’s Theatre welcomes Hay Fever in a year that also brings the likes of The Nether until April. Hay Fever runs at the venue from Monday 11th May 2015 (previews from Wednesday 29th April 2015) to Saturday 1st August 2015.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 1st August 2015|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 1st August 2015|
|Running Time:||2 hours|
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