Felicity Kendal in Hay Fever at the Duke of York's Theatre
Theatre Royal Bath Production from Director Lindsay Posner Transferring to the West End from April 2015
Another big name is set to take to the West End stage in 2015 as the Theatre Royal Bath production of Hay Fever heads to the Duke of York’s Theatre. It won’t be the first time in recent years that London theatregoers have had the opportunity to witness this performer on the stage but it will provide the latest opportunity to see her team up with a well regarded director.
This is because Felicity Kendal will appear in the production under the direction of Lindsay Posner. The pair previously worked together on Relatively Speaking when it appeared at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2013.
Hay Fever is the famous Noël Coward play that focuses on the Bliss family, including Judith Bliss as played by Kendal. Judith is a former star of the stage whose life in the spotlight has come to an end and she heads to the family’s Berkshire retreat with a young suitor, unaware that her family is also heading to the same location. One of those headed to the house is David, her novelist husband who has a guest of his own, as do their two adult children. The result is a chaotic and memorable weekend in the countryside.
Felicity Kendal, in addition to the mentioned Relatively Speaking, has appeared in various west end shows over the years and her other credits include Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Comedy Theatre (now known as the Harold Pinter Theatre), The Last Cigarette at Trafalgar Studios 1, The Vortex at the Apollo Theatre, Amy’s View at the Garrick Theatre and the original production of The Norman Conquests back in the 1970s.
Audiences, however, will most likely know her from her television work in the likes of The Good Life (as Barbara) and Rosemary & Thyme (as Rosemary).
The Duke of York’s Theatre is currently the home of The Nether, but when that show closes Hay Fever will replace it from Monday 11th May 2015 (previews from Wednesday 29th April 2015). It is then set to run until Saturday 1st August 2015.