Simon Shepherd and Sara Stewart in Hay Fever at the Duke of York's Theatre
More Cast Members Announced for the West End’s Upcoming Noël Coward Revival starring Felicity Kendal
Last month it was revealed that Felicity Kendal would be returning to the West End to appear in the latest revival of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s Theatre. As it marks the latest occasion in which the former Good Life performer will be seen in Theatreland this was already a tantalising prospect and now, thanks to the latest casting announcement, the anticipation grows.
Simon Shepherd, perhaps best known for his work in Peak Practice in the 1990s and early 2000s, is to play David in the production with Sara Stewart as Myra, Michael Simkins as Richard, Alice Orr-Ewing as Sorel, plus Edward Franklin, Celeste Dodwell, Edward Killingback and Mossie Smith.
Hay Fever is the story of a chaotic weekend for the Bliss family. Judith Bliss (Kendal) is a former star of the stage, though her time in the spotlight is many years in the past. We follow her as she ventures to the family’s Berkshire retreat alongside her young suitor. However, fate has something else in store for her as her novelist husband David is also heading to the same spot with his own guest. Then there’s their adult children also making their way to the house. The result is a memorable and scandalous Bliss family weekend in the countryside.
Simon Shepherd, in addition to Peak Practice, will also be recognisable to those with theatre tickets thanks to his appearances in television shows like Agatha Christie’s Poirot, A Touch Of Frost, Doctors, Holby City and Death In Paradise, amongst others. He has also made an impression onstage in the likes of The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre and The Secret Rapture at the Lyric Theatre.
Meanwhile, Sara Stewart has appeared onscreen in everything from Midsomer Murders and EastEnders to Mr Selfridge and Quirke, among others, plus stage productions such as The Year We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, Enron at the Noël Coward Theatre and Proof at the Donmar Warehouse. She reprises her role of Myra for Hay Fever having played the part at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2014.
Hay Fever runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre, the current home of The Nether, from Monday 11th May 2015 (previews from Wednesday 29th April 2015).