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Hay Fever

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Closed June 2, 2012

Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, Kevin R McNally and Olivia Colman lead in Howard Davies' production of Hay Fever.

Why See Hay Fever?

Judith Bliss, once glittering star of the London stage, now in early retirement, is still enjoying life with more than a little high drama. To spice her weekend up, Judith invites a young suitor to join her in the country. However, her novelist husband, and her two eccentric children have had the same idea for themselves and any hope for private flirtation disappears as the family’s guests begin to arrive.

Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations all run riot at the most outrageous of all house parties.

Howard Davies directs Lindsay Duncan in Coward’s Hay Fever, reuniting the director and actor who together received seven major international theatre awards for their 2001 collaboration on Coward’s Private Lives.

Duncan is joined by Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Coleman in Coward’s sublime comedy of bad manners.

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Previews from: 10 February 2012

Opening night: 23 February 2012


Hay Fever is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Cast and Creative


Lindsay Duncan as Judith Bliss
Jeremy Northam as Richard Greatham
Kevin McNally as David Bliss
Olivia Coleman as Myra Arundel
Sam Callis as Sandy Tyrell
Freddie Fox as Simon Bliss
Jenny Galloway as Clara
Amy Morgan as Jackie Coryton
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Sorel Bliss


Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Howard Davies
Bunny Christie, Set and Costume Designer
Mark Henderson, Lighting Designer
Mike Walker, Sound Designer
Wendy Spon CDG, Casting Director

What you thought

5 reviews, average rating: (4.2 Stars)

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Carolyn Booth: “Wonderful stuff!”

If you are a Noel Coward fan, this is not to be missed. The actors are... more

Sarah Bradley: “Brilliance!”

Wonderful show. Brilliant cast. Lindsay Duncan is stunning as Judith and... more

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